- The Washington Times - Monday, January 19, 2009


Obama ‘44’ on license plate

In the nation’s capital, it’s the ultimate vanity plate: “44.”

President-elect Barack Obama arrived in town Saturday night after a daylong train trip kicking off four days of inaugural celebrations. Cheering crowds of hundreds lined the streets near Union Station to welcome him.

Carrying the president-elect’s entourage were two massive, specially reinforced and outfitted shiny black vehicles, one for Mr. Obama and his family and one as a decoy for security reasons. The numbers on their navy-blue license plates read “44,” a nod to the soon-to-be 44th president.


Emanuel says talks with governor OK

President-elect Barack Obama’s designated chief of staff says Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich did not ask for anything improper in their discussions about Mr. Obama’s Senate successor.

Rahm Emanuel says he talked with Mr. Blagojevich and the governor’s former chief of staff about the type of person who should replace Mr. Obama. But Mr. Emanuel says he never got the impression that Mr. Blagojevich wanted anything improper in return for naming a replacement.

The Illinois House impeached Mr. Blagojevich last week. Federal authorities have accused Mr. Blagojevich of scheming to benefit by selling Mr. Obama’s old Senate seat to the highest bidder.

Mr. Emanuel appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”


Biden worships at JFK’s church

Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. worshipped and received Communion on Sunday at the same Roman Catholic church John F. Kennedy attended just hours before his inauguration.

Mr. Biden and his wife, Jill, sat in a pew reserved for him and his family toward the back of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, and listened as the Rev. Larry Madden delivered a sermon about God as a constant anchor and the promise of hope for those who believe.


Bush-pick Roberts will swear in Obama

Two Harvard-educated lawyers who made rapid ascents to power will briefly share the stage Tuesday at the presidential inauguration.

Barack Obama will be sworn in as president. The black-robed man on the other side of the Bible will be Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.

The 53-year-old chief justice and his conservative-leaning Supreme Court could have the last word on some of Mr. Obama’s most important policies.

And, with a lifetime appointment, Chief Justice Roberts figures to hold his job a lot longer than Mr. Obama occupies the White House.

From wire reports and staff reports

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