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Obama pays respects to Lincoln

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) -- President-elect Barack Obama made an impromptu visit Saturday night with his family to see the Lincoln Memorial, paying tribute to a former president he frequently invokes as an inspiration.

Obama arrived in his motorcade shortly after 7 p.m. He stepped out with his wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha and walked up the steps into the memorial.

After visiting the memorial for about 20 minutes, Obama and his family walked out, facing the reflective pool and Washington Monument. He waved to some passersby standing around the memorial's lower steps.

Obama frequently invokes the memory of Lincoln. He announced he was running for president in Springfield, Ill, at the steps of the Old Capitol, where Lincoln was a legislator.

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