President Elect Barack Obama declares day of service and pays tribute to MLK on the eve of his Inauguration.
Wired PR News.com – President Elect Barack Obama asked Americans to join together in service efforts as he declared a day of service while observing the national holiday for the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Obama stated while speaking at the White House threshold, “Tomorrow we will come together as one people on the same Mall where Dr. King’s dream echoes still.”
Obama will officially take office tomorrow, January 20. The president elect spent the day Monday attending dinners to pay tribute to prominent figures such as former political rival John McCain, and making speeches. Many have made their way to Washington D.C. to witness the history making Inauguration of Obama first hand. Donald Butler, who attends the University of Washington is quoted in the AP report as stating, “I didn’t think I would see a black president in my generation. I just had to be here.”
The swearing in ceremony for Obama is scheduled for approximately noon on Tuesday.