First African American President
Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States and the first African American to hold the office on January 20,2009.
People fill the West Front of the Capitol ahead of the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America on the West Front of the Capitol January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC. Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected to the office of President in the history of the United States.
President-elect Barack Obama takes the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts to become the 44th President of the United States on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009.
Major General Richard Rowe accompanies newly elected President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle and Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill as the President surveys the troops and some marching bands from the east steps of the state capitol. This marked the beginning of the long anticipated inaugural parade up Pennsylvania Ave. The men dressed in colonial uniforms were the third infantry division from Fort Meyer and are called the Commander in Chief's Guard.