President Barack Obama

Posted: Wednesday, January 21, 2009

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Swearing in: Barack Obama, joined by his wife Michelle, takes the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts Tuesday to become the 44th president of the United States at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

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On the trail: Obama works the crowd at a rally Jan. 25, 2008, in Columbia.

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Transition of power: President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush sing the national anthem at the end of swearing-in ceremonies Tuesday at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

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Obama's family: Michelle Obama and daughters Malia, left, 10, and Sasha, right, 7, on Aug. 25, 2008 at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

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At Harvard: Obama as a student of Harvard Law School.

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Father and son: Barack Obama and his father, Barack Sr. The future president was 2 when his father left to study at Harvard, and he returned only once. Then 10, young Barack never saw his father again.

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Pre-inaugural celebration: Then-President-elect Barack Obama speaks during "We Are One," the opening inaugural ceremony Jan. 18 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.

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