EDGEWOOD, Maryland (CNN) - When we first got to the little train stop here it looked as though Obamamania had somehow missed this place.
Watch: The Obama Express makes a 'slow roll' through Edgewood
Okay, admittedly President-elect Obama's train was only supposed to slow-roll through town on its way to Baltimore and eventually Washington. So people who took the time to come out here weren't exactly promised a chance to meet and shake the hand of the next president.
Around 11 a.m. or so it looked like there were maybe 60 to 80 people in line. But once the Secret Service started letting people in, the numbers just grew and grew pretty much continuously.
Turns out this town has a real special place in its heart for Obama - one of the townies told me Obama's train was passing thorough the only precinct in all of Harford County that went for Obama in the last election.
Another example of the Obama enthusiasm was that people who were the first to get in told me they were waiting at 5:30 a.m.
And even though we were only 50 or 60 miles from Washington, most of the people I talked to said this would be the one and only inaugural event they would attend.
Without a doubt people gave some serious consideration to going to D.C. But a lot of people were dissuaded by predictions of multimillion-person crowds. One told me he wasn't interested in the kind of craziness.
I can understand the neo-cons dislike for "Obamania". Obama will be an inspiring President.
So, the bible beaters are forgiven if they do not understand inspiration, since it has not been exhibited in the last 8 years.
I find Ms. Crowley's report (and most of the coverage of the President-elect) chilling.
I am becoming seriously concerned with the news media's coverage of President-elect Obama (blame directed at the media NOT at Sen. Obama). "Objectivity" – the claim during the Bush years – has made way to "advocacy" for President Obama (his policies and appointments).
This trend cannot be a good thing – nobody is as wise or perfect as most in the media are promoting our new President.
The role of the news media is to raise questions and to deny the popular urge to get lost in the swell of emotion and adulation.
Wasn't this abdication of responsibility a critical factor in the American population's initial support of the Iraq war? We need the news media to raise questions that will help inform us of the strengths, weaknesses, and consequences of particular decisions and policies of the new administration.
The American public needs the news media to move toward objectivity and away from advocacy if we are going to continue to be a land of opportunity, liberty, and hope.
It's not called a "slow-roll"!! It's called a "slow-creep" or just plain "creeping"!
Ahh.... Edgewood. The ghetto of Harford County.