President Obama

The Inauguration of Barack Obama
At historic moment, he calls for 'New Era Of Responsibility'

January 21, 2009 

On the sunny but frigid National Mall in Washington on Tuesday, Barack Obama became the nation's 44th president, the first African-American to hold the post. Taking the reins of power during the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, Obama expressed confidence that Americans will rise to the challenge. Calling for "a new era of responsibility," he urged the nation to choose "hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord." He asked Congress to put aside partisanship and take bold action to fix the economy, and he promised investments in alternative energy. He looked forward to a lasting peace in Iraq and Afghanistan and told the country's enemies that "we will defeat you." Then it was time to celebrate. Onlookers lining the sidewalks cheered as the first family emerged from their limousine to walk a parade route to the White House. A bevy of balls -- 10 in all -- closed a long day with a marathon of music, mingling and, of course, dancing.

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