Obama's First Inauguration
President Barack Obama and his First Lady Michelle Obama, walk along the inaugural parade route on Inauguration Day in 2009.
Photograph by Carol Robinson, MyShot
On January 20, 2009, Barack Obama was inaugurated as president of the United States, becoming the first African American to hold office. More than one million people are estimated to have filled the National Mall in Washington, D.C., United States, to witness the inauguration.
In a ceremony on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, Obama took the oath of office on the Bible used by President Abraham Lincoln at his first inauguration in 1861. The former Illinois senator became the 44th U.S. president, completing a peaceful transfer of power from his predecessor, George W. Bush.
(1809-1865) 16th American president.
official building used by the U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C.
activities to celebrate or commemorate an event.
to make a formal beginning or start.
national park composed largely of grassy lawns, stretching roughly between the U.S. Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
public promise a person makes before taking a job or responsibility.