Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States Jan. 20, 2009 on the steps of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. The historic occasion attracted nearly 2 million people to the city, making it the largest public gathering in the city’s history.
The first black president delivered his Inaugural Address on the National Mall, once the site of a well-known slave market in a city built by slave labor. Click here for a transcript of the address he delivered after taking the oath of office.
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