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Obama arrives in Washington; emotional Chicago farewell. "I gotta say I choked up a little bit leaving my house today," Obama said

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WASHINGTON--Saying goodbye to Chicago, President elect Barack Obama landed at Andrews Air Force Base near 7 p.m., flying in a government plane for the first time since the election. "I gotta say I choked up a little bit leaving my house today," Obama told reporters on the aircraft for the historic ride. Obama, usually a careful eater, order a cheeseburger during the flight.

A stretch limo headed Obama off to the Hays Adam hotel, where he will be staying with this family.

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President-elect Barack Obama arrived in DC at AFB at 7pm EST after leaving Midway airport at 4:45 pm CST.

He left his Hyde Park house at about 4pm and arrived at Midway about 30 minutes later.

As he boarded plane, he waved to press and said he would see us in DC. He came to back of plane and said the following:

"Well guys, I am looking forward to seeing you guys in Washington.....I gotta say I choked up a little bit leaving my house today."

" Malia's friend had dropped off an album of the two of them together. They had been friends since pre-school and I just looked through the pages and the house was empty and it was a little tough, it got me."

He ordered a cheeseburger on the plane, which is a
Boeing 757 with big leather seats. He met Col. Scott Turner, who will be his Air Force One pilot.

Obama said he had taken a government plane before. Said Michelle and the girls were "having fun" and that he was looking forward to going to Washington.

"Although living in a hotel for two weeks, we kind of did that for two years."

Nia-Malika Henderson
Staff Writer

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