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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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  • Obama's penchant for speeches now sounding hollower by the word

     
    Obama still says, 'Yes, we can.' But he never explains why we haven't....
  • Music review: a John Williams premiere at SummerFest

     
    Mark Swed reviews the world premiere of John Williams "Quartet La Jolla" Friday night. The commission by the La Jolla Music Society was to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its chamber music festival, SummerFest, for a program that also included the...
  • Dwight Howard to play in Obama game?

     
    Magic center Dwight Howard, who attended the inauguration of Barack Obama, is apparently going to join his re-election campaign — on the court. ESPN.com has reported that Howard has committed to play in the Dec. 12 exhibition game in Washington D.C....
  • New U.S. envoy: 'This is going to be fun'; Russian TV: Maybe not

     
    America’s new ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, assumed his post in Moscow this week and declared Tuesday on his Twitter account: “This is going to be fun.”...
  • As Olympics wind down, India's 'mystery lady in red' moves on

     
    India sport Olympics media: India Olympics 'mystery woman' wants to move on....
  • 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.   Rep. Donna F. Edwards had the opposite and no doubt equally...
  • Political Donor Russell Simmons Joins Wall Street Protesters

    Political Donor Russell Simmons Joins Wall Street Protesters
    They stand on a foundation that is still unstable but their primary target is clear -- corporate America -- and they are growing. What's the goal of the protest? "Money out of Washington," said music mogul Russell Simmons, CEO of Rush Communications....
  • 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...
  • Legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin comes to Baltimore

    Legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin comes to Baltimore
    Even when Jeffrey Toobin is absolutely, positively, flat-out wrong, it's worth listening to what he has to say about the U.S. Supreme Court. Toobin, an Emmy Award-winning senior analyst for CNN and a staff writer for The New Yorker not only is smart,...
  • Tuskegee Airman and Seattle sports fixture George Hickman dies at 88

    Tuskegee Airman and Seattle sports fixture George Hickman dies at 88
    George Hickman, one of the few surviving Tuskegee Airmen, and a longtime usher at University of Washington athletic events and press box attendant at Seahawks games, died on Sunday. He was 88.   Hickman’s death prompted a wave of condolences...
  • Obama's inauguration speech, annotated

    A great speech doesn't speak only to the audience at hand, even if that audience numbers in the billions and engulfs the globe. A great speech also speaks to the past. For a better appreciation of Obama's address, we've highlighted passages in which...