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President Barack Hussein Obama


Americans placed their faith in Barack Obama, turning their backs on a past of slavery and segregation and electing the first African-American to the US presidency.Guardian.com.uk

Barack Hussein Obama became the 44th president of the United States on January 20, 2009.

The son of a black man from Kenya and a white woman from Kansas, is the first African-American to become president of the U.S., a dream started by another African-American, Martin Luther King, Jr.

The ceremony took place on the West Front of the United States Capitol.

The inaugural festivities started at 10 a.m. on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol.

More than two-thousand million people attended the Inaugural Ceremony

Obama taking the Oath of Office, administered by Chief Justice John Roberts.

"I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States."

Using President Lincoln´s Inaugural Bible

Barack Obama takes the oath of office, accompanied by his wife, Michelle, and two daughters, Malia and Sasha.

Aretha Franklin sang a Patriotic Song
“ My Country” “Tis of Thee”

Marching up Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House.
It’s the route walked by Thomas Jefferson in the first inaugural parade more than two centuries ago.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama dance at the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball. They danced "At Last" by Etta James.

The First Lady wore a white dress dessign by 26 years old Jason Wu. The dress will be donated to the Smithsonian Museum to form part of a collection.

Mariah Carey was at the Neighborhood Ball to sing in the new President in Washington DC.

Chief Justice Roberts misplaced the word “faithfully” while administering the oath on Tuesday, January 20. On Wednesday, January 21, Chief Justice John Roberts readminster the oath of office to the President.

Barack Obama stated in his Inaugural Address:

- “We Must Pick Ourselves Up”

- "We are in the midst of a crisis. ... Our nation is at war. ... Our economy is badly weakened. ... Our health care is too costly. ... Our schools fail too many. ... The ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet."

- "The challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America, they will be met."

- “We have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.”

- “To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West - know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy.”

- "We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus -- and nonbelievers."

Did you Know that...

  • George Washington gave the shortest inaugural address in history. It was a mere 135 words.

  • Abraham Lincoln was the first president to include African-Americans in his 1865 inaugural parade. It took another 52 years for women to be included, as they finally were when Woodrow Wilson had his second inaugural parade in 1917.

  • Ronald Reagan's 1981 inauguration fell on the warmest Inaugural Day in history, with temperatures reaching 55 degrees F in Washington D.C. He then broke another record by having his 1985 inauguration on the coldest day in inaugural history; it was 7 degrees.

  • In 1933 Franklin D. Roosevelt became the last president to be inaugurated in March. Like Reagan, he was a double record-breaker, because he was also the first president to be inaugurated in January.

  • When January 20 comes on a Sunday, the president-elect usually takes the oath of office privately and then repeats the ceremony in public the following day.That was not the case, however, with incoming president Zachary Taylor. He refused to take the oath on Inauguration Day in 1849 because it fell on a Sunday. He took the oath one day later on March 5.

  • Solar heat was used to heat the reviewing stand for Jimmy Carter's 1977 inaugural parade.

  • Bill Clinton was the first president to have his inauguration broadcast over the Internet.

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