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Inauguration of President Barack Obama (2009)

Inauguration of President Barack Obama (2009)
On Jan. 20, 2009, Barack Obama was sworn in as president of the United States. Obama took his place as the 44th president under a bright winter sky, painting this perilous national moment in unsparing terms and exhorting Americans to respond by taking greater responsibility for themselves, the country and the world. More than 1 million people flocked to the National Mall to take part in the event, spilling outward from the gleaming white Capitol steps toward the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial more than a mile away.
On Jan. 20, 2009, Barack Obama was sworn in as president of the United States. Obama took his place as the 44th president under a bright winter sky, painting this perilous national moment in unsparing terms and exhorting Americans to respond by taking greater responsibility for themselves, the country and the world. More than 1 million people flocked to the National Mall to take part in the event, spilling outward from the gleaming white Capitol steps toward the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial more than a mile away. « Show less

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  • Hail to the chief band-helper: Rep. Donna Edwards

    Former President Bill Clinton often jokes that the most disorienting thing about transitioning out of the presidency is that a band no longer strikes up a tune every time he enters a room. 
  • Oliver tries to keep support in turbulent council tenure

    Oliver tries to keep support in turbulent council tenure
    The councilman wouldn't return their calls. Shirley Supik and her husband, Jeff, were trying to stop Baltimore County from tearing down the historic former Underground Railroad safe house they own. So, Jeff Supik stuck a note on the front door of...

    Community organizers who taught Obama the ropes get an invitation to the inauguration

    Community organizers who taught Obama the ropes get an invitation to the inauguration
    At their wedding reception in 1992, Barack Obama and his bride, Michelle, made their way to a table to greet three women who had taken him under their wings as a young community organizer. Loretta Augustine-Herron, one of the women in his memoir, "Dreams...

    Historic East Baltimore church celebrates anniversary of 1863 founding

    Historic East Baltimore church celebrates anniversary of 1863 founding
    On Sunday, the eve of the celebration of the birth of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and the second inauguration of President Barack Obama, some 300 communicants and friends packed East Baltimore's historic St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic...

    Inauguration, Spanish politics and Super Bowl prep

    Inauguration, Spanish politics and Super Bowl prep
    Barack Obama may already have been officially inaugurated yesterday, but don't tell that to the people on Washington's National Mall this morning: A second, more outdoor ceremony today will give the public a view as Obama starts his second term. Some of...