WASHINGTON (AP) - President-elect Barack Obama has invited a group of "everyday Americans" to join him and Vice President-elect Joe Biden on their Whistle Stop Tour to the nation's capital on the Saturday before Inauguration Day.
So says Obama's presidential inaugural committee, adding another element to the expanding horizon of parties and events associated with Obama's and Biden's oath taking Jan. 20 at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol.
Inaugural committee spokesman Josh Earnest said that "each one of these families has their own remarkable story to add to our American story." The whistle stop will begin in Philadelphia and end in the District of Columbia.
Ten inaugural balls also are being arranged for the night of Jan. 20, including a "People's Ball" at the Washington Convention Center.