Presidential Inauguration Of Barack Obama Barack Hussein Obama was sworn in Jan. 20, 2009, as the 44th president of the United States, becoming the first African-American to hold the nation's highest office. An enthusiastic crowd braved cold temperatures in Washington, D.C., to pack the National Mall for the ceremony.
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Presidential Inauguration Of Barack Obama

Barack Hussein Obama was sworn in Jan. 20, 2009, as the 44th president of the United States.

A villagers of Nyang'oma wears a paper hat with a message reading 'We have Hope' ahead of the inauguration of US President-elect Barack Obama on January 20, 2009 in Kogelo. More than 2,000 Kenyans and tourists united in song and dance to celebrate Barack Obama's inauguration in Kogelo, the Kenyan village where the new US president's father was born. AFP PHOTO/ Tony KARUMBA TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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