Jan 20, 2009 CE: Obama Becomes President

Jan 20, 2009 CE: Obama Becomes President

On January 20, 2009, Barack Obama was inaugurated as president, becoming the first Black leader of the United States.


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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.

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October 19, 2023

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