President Obama Takes Oath

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Washington (AP) -- 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 young 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.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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  • by chuck Location: marietta on Jan 21, 2009 at 12:18 PM
    this whole thing is just blown way out there he is just a man getting ready to start a new job who cares if he is the first black man if we would have put a white man there we wouldn't of spent the money on it we did so forget him and the bs he stands for
  • by joe Location: parkersburg on Jan 21, 2009 at 06:24 AM
    First of all I didn't vote for Obama and I didn't watch any of the events that happened yesterday. However I think he will do alright in office. The thing that gets me is everyone is claiming Obama is the first African American president of this great country. Thats what all of this hype over, Barack Hussein Obama II, being the first African American president. This supposedly why yesterday so "historical". Well I got news for all of you, he is not truely African American. He is Arab American. Don't believe me look it up! Yes it would still be "historical" but he should be famous for, and the headlines should read "America's first Arab-American president." You ask whats it matters. It matters alot its a totally different group of people. Thats his first lie of his Presidency... I also dont believe in what they spend on this fancy inauguration stuff, swear him in and get in there and do the job no matter who it is!
  • by Michelle Location: Marietta on Jan 21, 2009 at 01:57 AM
    Hey Mike, Before you go ranting about him not getting the oath right, know your facts. The Chief Justice messed it up b/c he didn't want to use a script. PRESIDENT Obama noticed it was wrong and tried to fix it off the cuff. He is brilliant. Get behind your Commander and Chief and off your high horse. You have nothing to write about if you supported President Bush and his infamous speeches! Here's a friendly reminder: "You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test." -President Bush Townsend, Tenn., Feb. 21, 2001
  • by Mike Location: Parkersburg on Jan 20, 2009 at 10:12 PM
    Well I guess we all know where Richard's vote went. Besides I'm willing to give him a chance I even said we'll see where his approval rating is in 2 years. However, I do think alot of people are going to have there eyes opened to the fact that President Obama is a very good public speaker, but being a good public speaker doesnt get the job done. Did anyone actually look up his voting record while he was a senator. I think alot of people are putting alot of faith in a man that has never taken a stand for anything. He has always taken the PC path. Like I said we will see where his approval rating is in 2 years. ROFL Even George W. Bush took the oath of office without screwing up, and most people think Dubya is a doofus. Give it sometime, we'll see just how smart he really is. I mean all we are really getting is another clinton presidency. He's not the messiah folks, wake up!
  • by Tonya Location: Vienna on Jan 20, 2009 at 07:58 PM
    I am more concerned about the ridiculous amount of money that was spent on this inauguration. We are trying to fix the deficit not brank the bank. Our government continues to spend a ridiculous amount of money, if they want us to believe they want to fix it, stop spending so much money for extravagant ceremonies, put that money to good use.
  • by Michael Location: Vienna on Jan 20, 2009 at 07:47 PM
    We will see what Obama can do now. I feel that he is the best person for the job right now not only because he is very smart but also he can relate to the average person. No matter what happens I think things will get worse before they get better.
  • by Richard Location: Belpre on Jan 20, 2009 at 03:43 PM
    Oh for Gods sake, Mike... It was the Chief Justice who screwed up the oath... Obama was just trying to follow along the best he could... You'd have stumbled also, if the oath wasn't what you were expecting! It's like my grandmother used to say, Mike... IF YOU CAN'T SAY ANYTHING NICE, DON'T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT THE MAN AT ALL!
  • by Mike Location: Parkersburg on Jan 20, 2009 at 01:06 PM
    OH Please, the man couldnt even recite the oath of office correctly, he interrupted the chief justice before he even finished the first sentence. If this is the best this country can produce to be president of the united states then God forbid, we are all in a world of trouble. The more I hear about this man the more I'm glad I didnt vote for him. He isnt the messiah folks, we'll see how his approval rating is in 2 years.
  • by tara on Jan 20, 2009 at 12:49 PM
    Yes we can!
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