The Washington Times - January 21, 2009, 12:34PM

Hot new stars are getting the same amount of attention as the more seasoned ones on the main platform below where Barack Obama will be sworn in as the nation’s 44th president.

Press, Capitol Hill aides and spouses of members of Congress flocked to see Oprah and Diddy when they arrived.


Smokey Robinson also was swarmed by fans.

“It’s like old school versus new school,” one volunteer observed.

When incoming chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, arrived, his former colleagues stood, chanting “Rahmbo! Rahmbo!”

Bureau chief Stephen Dinan and I have great seats just below the lectern.



 Christina Bellantoni, White House correspondent,
The Washington Times


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