WASHINGTON--Hours before being sworn in as president Tuesday, Barack Obama and his family, close friends and associates were at a prayer service at St. John's, across from the White House.
Among those from Chicago present, according to a source in the service:
Oprah Winfrey, in the back;
Sen. Dick Durbin,
Jim Crown, and
Michelle Obama cousin Rabbi Capers Funnye, the leader of a Southwest Side Chicago synagogue, Beth Shalom B'nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation.