Obama becomes 44th US president

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009 12:09 PM
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WASHINGTON - Barack Obama has been sworn in as the 44th U.S. president Tuesday, shattering racial barriers as the first black leader of a country gripped by profound economic troubles and at war in two distant lands.

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Barack Obama, left, joined by his wife Michelle, third from left, and daughters Sasha, fourth from left, and Malia, takes the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts to become the 44th president of the United States at the U.S. Capitol in Washington Tuesday.  Associated Press
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Barack Obama, left, joined by his wife Michelle, third from left, and daughters Sasha, fourth from left, and Malia, takes the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts to become the 44th president of the United States at the U.S. Capitol in Washington Tuesday.

The 47-year-old Obama assumes power over a nation longing for change after President George W. Bush's eight divisive years in the White House, an era that witnessed the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, the beginning of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and an economic collapse not seen since the 1930s Great Depression.

With his hand on the Bible used in the 1861 inauguration of Abraham Lincoln, the country's 16th president and Obama's inspiration, the new president has ascended to the pinnacle of American political power to confront perils seldom faced by a new president.

Obama's wife, Michelle, the nation's new first lady, held the Lincoln Bible as Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administered the 35-word oath of office taken by every American president dating to George Washington.

The National Mall, which stretches from the foot of Capitol Hill west to the Lincoln Memorial, was jammed with hundreds of thousands of spectators, perhaps as many as a million, who came from across America and the globe to witness the historic transfer of power.

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georgiagator25 01/20/09 - 12:11 pm
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God Bless America!

God Bless America!

NicoleKelly
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NicoleKelly 01/20/09 - 12:12 pm
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Woooooooooooo

Woooooooooooo Hooooooooooooooo for Obama!
YES YES YES!

GET REAL1
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GET REAL1 01/20/09 - 12:19 pm
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Praise God from whom all

Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

YESWECAN
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YESWECAN 01/20/09 - 02:48 pm
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I watched all the coverage

I watched all the coverage and this was amazing...in fact...i am still watching CNN...it's offical Obama is our President...I hope that everyone can accept that and move past it without all the name calling. Im excited...I have high expections and hopes for Obama and his cabinet.

YESWECAN
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YESWECAN 01/20/09 - 02:53 pm
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in addition I strongly

in addition I strongly believe that this is a great first family...Barack is a loving father...he is a great example for all the fathers who don't do as they should...Michelle is an educated women and she also sets a good example for women. Although the media has made her a fashion icon...underneath her outfit is wonderful women and mother...who can forget those lovely gurls. I love the video of him running out the plan to hug his family...again that's just my personal opinion.

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