Obama Inaugurated as 44th President

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Barack Hussein Obama has taken the oath of office as the 44th president of the United States.

With a hand on Abraham Lincoln's inaugural Bible, and before a crowd stretching across the National Mall toward where Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke of his dream of racial equality, the 47-year-old Obama was sworn in as the first black American president by Chief Justice John Roberts.
Roberts told him, "Congratulations, Mr. President."

Obama's wife, Michelle, and daughters, Sasha and Malia, looked on. They were joined by people from around the world who gathered in huge numbers in the early morning Washington cold to see history made.

In his inaugural speech, President Obama called for a "new era of responsibility" in America.

Near the end of his address, Obama spoke of the need for every American to recognize duties to themselves, their nation and the world.

He called it "the price and the promise of citizenship." And he says it's also the source of the nation's confidence that "God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny."

Obama told the crowd, "There is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task."

Many Mississippians watched with wonder, and a touch of disbelief, as Obama took the oath.

Willie Paige, a 72-year-old black man, watched the ceremony on television at Peaches, a soul food restaurant in Jackson. He said with a smile, "I tell you what -- I never thought I'd live to see it."

From the state Capitol to student dormitories to restaurants, Mississippians gathered to watch the inauguration.

State Sen. David Jordan of Greenwood said the inauguration of a black president "is above anyone's wildest dreams."

Obama made a brief campaign appearance at Peaches in June 2007, drawing only about three dozen spectators at a time he was still considered a long-shot candidate.

In Birmingham, thousands gathered in historic Boutwell Auditorium to view the inauguration on a huge video screen and give the hall the feel of a church revival.

In Montgomery about 3,000 people packed the basketball arena at Alabama State University. A huge cheer went up when Obama was sworn in.

Inauguration events also were being held in Selma and along the route taken by voting rights marchers in 1965.

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  • by Anonymous on Jan 24, 2009 at 08:14 AM
    he isn't a muslim he went to a predominantly muslim school when he was in the 5th grade living in Indonesia. I go to a predominantly white school of racists does that make me racists?
  • by PG Location: Meridian on Jan 23, 2009 at 08:35 PM
    To Anonoymous - Don't hate me because I'm well abreast of the facts. Don't hate because I take the time to listen to what is available to me and read what is available. People perish due to a lack of knowledge. Muslim? Do you even know what a Muslim is. I don't think so. Miss know it all is rising up. He attended Trinity Church of Christ in Chicago, Illinois where Rev. Otis Moss III is the current pastor. Check it out on Sunday mornings.Oh, and thanks for the Miss Know it All compliment. I will wear it well. I don't have to look it up but on the other hand, you obviously need to. This is a prime example of ignorance. Get mad instead of trying to learn from others.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 23, 2009 at 03:17 PM
    he is a muslim... look that up miss know it all
  • by PG Location: Meridian on Jan 23, 2009 at 08:20 AM
    Linda - Facts are straight.It does not mean he supports it. Question?In the case of rape or molestation,would you want the government to say you have to have that child?It should be something personally decided between you,your family,your christian leader and that is exactly what he said.Look it up.That doesn't mean support he's putting the ball in your court. That person is the one that would have to live with whatever decision is made not you nor the government.I am totally against abortions but things happen I have to admit and I don't know how I would handle it unless it happens but I would want it to be my decision.If anything put something in place that demands spiritual or private counseling.Gay marriage defies the plan of God and that is all I can say about that except we have to love them and treat them right. They are citizens not outcast.We just hate the lifestyle because it contradicts a man/woman.Also, I didn't say you have to agree with him just respect him. He's saved
  • by Anonymous on Jan 22, 2009 at 08:20 PM
    linda...are you having an abortion? if not you should not worry about other people's problem if they decide to have one thats something that God will deal with them about...so just pray for them but its is their choice and unless you are gay they too will have to face God themselves... and if that what they choose you being christian should be able to accept that and just pray for them but its their choice...
  • by linda on Jan 22, 2009 at 01:25 PM
    hey PG gets YOUR facts straight he does support abortion (supporting a women who wants to kill her unborn child means he supports it) and gay marriage and a list of other things.. yes he is now "everyones" president but i do not have to agree with him.... give him time and the promises he made he will not be able to fulfill and you will see he can change sides when he wants to just to make people happy for the moment... we need a christian leader who puts EVERYONES best interest first and unity can be achieved but i think its gonna take more than the first african american president to do it.. he is only a man and he can only be as goood as he prays and allows God to lead him
  • by Nonya on Jan 22, 2009 at 12:46 PM
    PG I agree with you 100 percent. And to anonymous ther is simply not enough room to tell you all the stuff I know about Obama and did I mention anything about bush and a stimulus check? no so i would rather if you not say anything to be. by the way i dnt have bills...i'm a child. talk what you know...
  • by quintin williams Location: gainesville al 35464 on Jan 22, 2009 at 08:47 AM
  • by PG Location: Meridian on Jan 21, 2009 at 08:05 PM
    JD, about the oath. Chief Justice John Roberts incorrectly presented the words. When President elect Obama stopped, he gave the Chief Justice the opportunity to get himself together. Now he became the President at 12:00 Eastern Time/11:00 Central Time with or without the oath. Nonya - the bible tells us that the strong should bear the infirmities of the weak. Everybody won't be rich. The truth is we don't know why so many or on welfare. It could be laziness true enough but does Meridian really offer substantial jobs for people to make it here? Job owners keep a lot of people part time just to prevent providing benefits of any kind. I'm not excusing anyone but... Frustrated American, you need Jesus!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 21, 2009 at 08:03 PM
    hey nonya.... bush is who sent out your stimulas check.. that im sure you used to pay your bills... yea right... if you could tell me one thing about obama other than he is HALF black i would be surprised
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