- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Eighteen Americans from all walks of life nationwide will join President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden on their whistle stop train tour to Washington Jan 17, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced Wednesday.

Two couples are among the 18 invited guests who will appear with the Obamas and Bidens at public events on stage during the pre-inaugural tour. It will start in Philadelphia, stop in Wilmington, Del., to pick up the Bidens and stop in Baltimore before ending in Washington.

“These everyday Americans from all walks of life have made extraordinary contributions to the life of this country,” the committee said in a statement.

Those contributions include those who have lost their jobs during the recession and “struggle bravely to cope in economic turmoil,” a worker who “became a champion for workers’ rights” and a soldier who “became an advocate for servicemen and women suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder,” it said.

“Each one of these families has their own remarkable story to add to our American story, and we’re thrilled they’ve agreed to join us as we travel to Washington,” said the panel’s communications director, Josh Earnest.

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