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January 20, 2009
The Inauguration
Before a jubilant crowd of more than a million, Barack Hussein Obama claimed his place in history as America's first black president, summoning a dispirited nation to unite in hope against the "gathering clouds and raging storms" of war and economic woe. On an extraordinary day in the life of America, people of all colors and ages waited for hours Tuesday in frigid temperatures to witness a young black man with a foreign-sounding name take command of a nation founded by slaveholders. It was a scene watched in fascination by many millions -- perhaps billions -- around the world.
"We gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord," the nation's 44th president said. -- associated press (25 images)

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Barack Obama, left, takes the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts, not seen, as his wife Michelle, holds the Lincoln Bible and daughters Sasha, right, and Malia, watch at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Tuesday. AP / Chuck Kennedy


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Barack Obama arrives to his inauguration as the 44th President of the United States of America at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected to the office of President in the history of the United States. Getty Images / Pool / Jim Bourg



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People wave flags during the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected to the office of President in the history of the United States. Getty Images / Mario Tama



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Crowds stand on a statue next to the on the National Mall before the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th U.S. President in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday. MCT / Mark Wilson



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Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., speaks during Barack Obama's inauguration as the 44th President of the United States of America on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. Obama will lead as the first African-American president of the U.S. Getty Images / Pool / Scott Andrews



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Barack Obama, left, joined by his wife Michelle, second from left, and daughters Malia, third from left, and Sasha (not pictured), 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. AP / Elise Amendola



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President Barack Obama rests his hand on President Lincoln's Inaugural Bible as his wife Michelle Obama holds it while he takes the oath of office at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Tuesday. AP / Elise Amendola



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President Barack Obama, right, is congratulated by daughter Sasha, lower left, as first lady Michelle Obama looks on after taking the oath of office at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Tuesday. AP / Susan Walsh



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Former President George W. Bush, right, hugs President Barack Obama after Obama was sworn in at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday. AP / Ron Edmonds



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Jackie Vyfhuis of Silver Spring, Md., celebrates as President Barack Obama takes the oath of office during his inauguration on Tuesday in Washington. AP / Evan Vucci



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U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Beverlee Burton of Cleveland, Ohio, cries while sitting next to Capt. Adhana McCarthy, right, as they watch as Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America on Tuesday in the dining hall of Forward Operating Base Kalsu, south of Baghdad in Iraq. Getty Images / Chris Hondros



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U.S. President Barack Obama waves after his inaugural address during his inauguration as the 44th President of the United States of America in Washington, D.C. Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected to the office of President in the history of the United States. Getty Images / Alex Wong



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Bundled against the cold, Delphine Decout, of France, watches from Times Square in New York City as President Barack Obama give his inaugural address on Tuesday. AP / Jason DeCrow



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Mary K. Jones, 78, right, and Ella Crawford, 73, left, watch the inauguration of Barack Obama at the Hannan House in Detroit, Tuesday. AP / Paul Sancya



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Delores Griggs, left, applauds as her nephews Anthony Carter III, 2, and Jaequan Bailey, 4, watch television in their Sacramento, Calif. home during President Barack Obama's inaugural speech. Bryan Patrick / bpatrick@sacbee.com



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Amanda Sovick, center, watches the speech by President Barack Obama as Ellen Keeley, bottom left, and Burna Mehrad, second from right, and her daughter, Maeve, 6, listen and watch the inaugural ceremonies at the John Paul Jones arena in Charlottesville, Va. on Tuesday. AP / Steve Helber



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A tear rolls down the cheek of Monique Johnson while she watches television at the 40 Acres Gallery in the Oak Park neighborhood in Sacramento, Calif., as President Barack Obama is inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States in Washington, D.C. Jose Luis Villegas / jvillegas@sacbee.com



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People who gathered at Brother Jeff's Cultural Center in the Five Points area of downtown Denver, Colo., celebrate moments after Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th president of the United States on Tuesday. AP / Rocky Mountain News / Judy Dehaas



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Jonathan Porteus and his daughter, Kara, 4, watch the televison at the Guild Theater in the Oak Park neighborhood of Sacramento, Calif. during the inauguration of Barack Obama on Tuesday. Anne Chadwick Williams / awilliams@sacbee.com



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Deena Wilson, right, celebrates with her daughter Alexis Wilson, 10, in Sacramento, Calif. at the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church after the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Renee C. Byer / rbyer@sacbee.com



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President Barack Obama's Inaugural Parade proceeds down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday. Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States. Getty Images / Brendan Hoffman



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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk down Pennsylvania Avenue en route to the White House, on Tuesday, in Washington D.C. MCT / Doug Mills



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Sasha Obama and Michelle Obama wave through the limousine window as they leave Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday. AP / Susan Walsh



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Former first lady Laura Bush, from the left, waves as President Barack Obama embraces former President George W. Bush before Obama's wife Michelle, right, as the Bushes prepare to board the Marine One helicopter for departure from the U.S. Capitol following inaugural ceremonies for Obama on Tuesday. AFP / Getty Images / Jim Watson



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President Barack Obama, left, and first lady Michelle Obama begin their first dance together at the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball in Washington on Tuesday. At the rear is singer Beyonce. AP / Elise Amendola



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