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It's Official: President Barack Obama!

It's Official: President Barack Obama!

Barack Obama takes oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts to become the 44th president of the United States of America at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. on Tuesday.

Although the oath took place minutes after noon, the transfer to power to President Obama occurred exactly at noon, according to law.

President Obama, 47, was joined by his wife, Michelle, and daughters. Malia, 10, kept it cute in a deep-blue belted J.Crew coat while 7-year-old Sasha popped in a pink coat, also by J.Crew, paired with an orange scarf and gloves.

Congratulations President Obama! Godspeed.

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  • Richard

    Well done America, I’m happy for you, but remember, Barack isnt a miracle worker.
    And for some of you people bringing up the race thing, him being the president won’t change things.

  • someone

    I’m really, really scared. I’m going to be totally honest and admit that I’m worried about what America is coming too. Obama did not have my support during the election one bit. At first when I saw him on the television, I thought he was a great person and very likable. But a few days later I learned what he stood for, and this turned me away. He really lacks experience and this is not something I want and not something America needs in the time we’re having now in this recession. I think people were too busy hearing his eloquent speeches but not really listening. He may seem like the “cool” guy or a new modern guy to take over our country, but that’s not what to look for in the person that is taking hold of our nation. He used catch phrases like “I believe in change.” Really Obama? Why don’t you elaborate on that change instead of repeating that phrase a million times? We NEED a plan. You don’t have one. People may be glad Bush is out of office, but no one delt with the kind of disasters he delt with (9/11, Hurricane Katrina, etc.). But all i can say is, you may not have liked him, but he kept our country safe. He HAD a plan. He knew what he was doing AND had lots of experience. Obama merely has any of these qualities a national leader should have. What is America coming to? All i can say now is that I’m going to have to get over that he won the presidency and accept this fact. America- don’t put everything on the plate for Obama- we can all help. WE are united and we all need to come together and make this happen. This man can’t do everything he promised. And by the way might i add that Bush spent 50 mil. on his inauguration party and we never heard the end of it. Obama spent $179 million on his inauguration party, and no ones complaining. It’s like Barack- are you kidding me? Yes, this is what we really need to spend when we are falling down the tubes in this economic recession? I don’t think so. God Bless Everyone, but wait until this man causes something horendous. As a mature adult though i would like to say that i hope Obama succeeds even though i want to say i told you so. No one wants their country to fail.
    God Bless America.

  • LuckyL

    Lol, I wish all these “worriers” and “Cassandras” thought this way before Bush bungled his way into office. It would have saved us a lot of trouble.

  • A REALIST

    CONGRATULATIONS, PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA. Our 44th president of these United States!

    CONGRATULATIONS, FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA!

  • Jodi

    So the office went to the “president” who HAD NOT SPOKEN THE OATH YET? This can NOT be legal. The office of the president of the United States cannot go to somebody who has not spoken the presidential oath yet, folks. I don’t think – at least, it does not make sense to me. And then the oath was actually messed up because the guy who spoke it for the president read it wrong! Obama learned it in a certain way, and the guy spoke it differently, so Obama had to wait until the guy fixed his line … how did this look to the world? HELLO! Anybody out there smelling something foul?

  • Please

    LuckyL, stop calling people names and go tend to your 12 children.

  • LuckyL

    Please @ 01/20/2009 at 6:22 pm

    LuckyL, stop calling people names and go tend to your 12 children.
    ____
    Sorry, I’m not fat and old with children like yourself.

  • LuckyL

    Jodi, please refer to the Constitution.

  • LuckyL

    Yawn, done with this thread. Too many slow brains here

  • mgurlgurl

    GO OBAMA. He is the best and will prove it too!! Change is here. The racist people don’t need to comment and waste their time. If they hate him then they don’t have a choice but to live with it bcuz it is we the people who voted him. LOVE YOU OBAMA!!

  • at last

    I am so happy, at last, President Obama is sworn in.

    I just love our new president, and our First Lady Michelle.

    Congratulations our new First Family!

  • nikki

    his plan???

    his plan is environmental regulation. its regulation on business and rebuilding the economy. its a time table for iraq and peace talks with other nations. its universal health care so no child dies of a treatable disease. its helping the 33 million who live below the poverty line. its funding public education and getting rid of “no child left behind” because tests don’t teach. its human right, civil right for all people regardless of gender, race, class, or sexuality. its fighting for teh good in our country, our world. its asking the american people to be patient, to give a little, to take responsibilty, and shoulder some of teh weight as the counr rebuilds.

    its realizing that the idea of american exceptionalism is in and of itself unamerican and realizing that we must work with all nations, friend and foe, because we all live on the same earth.

    so it that a good enough plan? or do you have a better one? wars, tax cuts, and drilling for oil are not going to save us. looking purely at the economy, at short term benefits, has always been our downfall. here is to hoping it changes because i have put all my trust in this new government and this new era.

  • Women for Obama

    All you racists and sore losers, just go live under a rock for the next 8 years. BECAUSE WE WON, AND WE ARE HERE FOR 8 YEARS!!!!!

  • Please

    Please @ 01/20/2009 at 6:22 pm
    LuckyL, stop calling people names and go tend to your 12 children.
    ____
    Sorry, I’m not fat and old with children like yourself.
    ———————————————————————————

    Sorry, I don’t speak ebonics and your assumption is incorrect. Now, just sit tight and your welfare check with arrive soon.

  • LuckyL

    Oh and by the way, none of you racists and sour grapes can take this day away from the Obamas or the American people so go suck a d***

  • hmmm

    #115
    Spoken like a true Obamamaniac

  • Tia

    you republicans are f*cking retards, get over it u racist jerks. YOU LOST. and you have sarah palin to thank for it. boo hoo.

  • rc

    thats right ken….america IS in the toilet and it happened on bush’s watch.

  • to 105

    So the office went to the “president” who HAD NOT SPOKEN THE OATH YET? This can NOT be legal. The office of the president of the United States cannot go to somebody who has not spoken the presidential oath yet, folks. I don’t think – at least, it does not make sense to me. And then the oath was actually messed up because the guy who spoke it for the president read it wrong! Obama learned it in a certain way, and the guy spoke it differently, so Obama had to wait until the guy fixed his line … how did this look to the world? HELLO! Anybody out there smelling something foul?
    _____________________________________________________
    actually it is legal. if you had read the captions underneath obama on cnn at 12 noon washington time saying “obama now president even though he has not taken oath of office” you would then seen. the people on cnn explained it well. according to the constitution obama became president of the united states at 12 noon eastern time. despite the fact that he had not yet taken the oath of office.

    as for messing up the oath; what has that got to do with it. by the time the oath was being taken obama was already president. it was a mistake on both the part of the chief justice roberts and president obama. get over it.

  • to chris

    don’t forget that a lot of white fathers also fail to look after their own children. they run off as well. there are some very responsible african-american men out there who take care of their children.

  • Here’s The Deal

    President Barack H. Obama. :-)

    It’s so wonderful to finally be able to say that. Bye-bye, Mr. Bush. =)))

  • SPC

    Even with all the joy that comes at this historical moment; there are still you ignorant people who sterotype people. Not Only Is the President Black he is also White!!! For all the conservatives who have such a problem with Democrats, how about this you have had the keys to the kingdom for 8 YEARS!!! Everything that is happening is an exact result of those who had power the last couple of years…So Blame your selves don’t BLAME OBAMA!!! Keep Your Mule Kool-Aid and Acre ..I perfer to get earn what I get…If maybe you could take time you would be inspired but I guess it’s hard to hear with your head that far up your own A****!!! No need to respond… By the way the only person that has the experience of being the preident is the president !!! Which I do not believe any past ones were on the ticket!!

    By the Way GO OBAMA!!!

  • Australian

    All you guys against obama don’t realise that almost every country in the world hates u americans, and now that u have obama, its starting to change, people are actually starting to respect americans again, whislt before people hated u. I think its great that obama has won, cuz now there’s a chance that he can fix up all the problems bush has made and fix up the screwed ecomomy which effects the whole world.

  • malene

    man…michelle o is one ugly lady. poor woman

  • boogie

    The United states is in a mess and hopefully with better leadership we will go back to the greatness. Give Obama a chance…he’s not stupid.

    I would not want to be in his shoes! I’m hoping he can turn this mess around and things improve before it gets worse. Bush took 8 years to make a mess of this country……..so, give it some time and support Obama for this country’s sake.

  • OBAMAISMYPRESIDENT

    I think it is sad and funny at the same time that people are still saying negative things and rude comments…no matter how much you dont like the fact that YOUR new president is partially black your comments still dont change the fact that he is gonna be our president!!!!

  • qIANA joNES

    OK ummm…..”whatever”. That’s considered what you said about the Koo-laid racist ok. I’m a young black lady and whatever race you are, i’m sure you know that a lot of african-american people drink koolaid. OK Why don’t you go choke. I don’t wanna start anything but, BARACK OBAMA IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, if you don’t like it…..well you can suck on a big toe for all i care. And Emilie you can say all you want but, you ARE NOT ABOVE THE US.CONSTITUTION> BANK ON IT BUDDY!!!! (I QUOTE HANCOCK)

  • allykat17

    Just a few things….Obama is president. To all the haters, you lost. you look like idiots carrying on, not accepting the fact. So put your big boy pants on and get over it. He’s your president too, I don’t see you getting up there trying to change things. Ok now, thought so.

  • OT

    OMG beyonce is singing a song for the fist dance at the inaugural ball.

  • groundcontrol

    It’s incredibly ignorant to call someone racist because they didn’t support your candidate. There were many people with valid questions about Obama’s readiness to lead, especially in such turbulent times.

    I hope that he is hugely successful and surrounds himself with wise advice. I also hope he has the self confidence and wisdom to heed such advice. I hope that he is brave enough to take what may have to be hard positions and lead us out of an economic quagmire and keep us safe.

    On a more shallow note: Michelle’s outfit is a bust. It looks cheap and dowdy. But more importantly that material and the bling at her neckline are completely inappropriate for daytime wear. Who in the world is advising her? I am dreading tonight’s balls. I hope she makes a wiser choice. These things end up in the Smithsonian.

    The speech was also very pedestrian and delivered with little passion. I think Obama realized this during its delivery. I wonder if it was that obnoxious little pisher, Jon Favreau, who wrote it?

    Aretha, however, soared. She’s earned the right to wear that god awful seagull on her head. Re. Lowry was very moving. Wonderful to see him up there. A nice anecdote to the ridiculous nonsense that was the homophobic Rick Warren.

    Here’s hoping the Dow recovers somewhat overnight and boosts Obama’s confidence levels. We should all hope for the best.

  • Kiki

    God Bless our new (authentic leader) President Obama, Mrs. Obama, Malia, Sacha, and Grandmother Robinson. God Bless every American and our Families!!!!!

  • http://- Anne

    I’m so proud of Obama. I belive in everything he says, I trust him and I think he’s going to bring us all that faith and all that hope that we lost.
    It’s amazing what is happening to de USA. I can say with all the proud and the faith that I feel in my heart that we’ve chosen right.
    LOVE YOU OBAMA!

  • Jill

    Lisa @ 01/20/2009 at 4:14 pm
    Prediction now with a l i b e r a l s o c i a l i s t President of the Dems:
    Hyper-inflation
    Hyper-unemployment
    Stock market crash
    Vietnam style ground war in Afghanistan
    Major terrorist attack in USA
    Oil restrictions push gas prices in the stratosphere, deeping the depression
    ******************************************************************************************

    Thank you for reminding us of BUSH’S LEGACY.

  • wish

    Congrats to our new president!

  • Amber

    Everyone is in such a hurry for some kind of change that they don’t even use common sense. We all want change. But can we trust a man that has Hussein for a middle name with our war on terrorism? I know I’m being judgemental but hey I haven’t forgotten 9/11 and what terrorists are capable of. It’s pathetic that everyone let’s celebrities persuade them to vote for. Get the facts and then decide on your own! You all complain about Bush but what would life had been like if Gore or Kerry had win? No matter what you always get criticized for trying to do the right thing. And for the record I thought Bush was great! So next time you vote, vote because you believe in what he stands for, the facts, not who endorses him.

  • ann

    Obama spent 170 million on his inauguration oh my gosh what does that tell you. We are in a mess and he spends that much on his inauguration. Not racist I don’t care if he’s white brown orange or pink but our economy is a mess he spends that much!! All I can say is wow. Oh by the way he is the first president to have tho Dow go down on the inauguration. It has not gone down this much before. Just wait people he just became president today give him a few months. Oh god help us. We are gonna have another terrorist attack on our soil before you know it. Because I say this cause Obama does not even want to talk about the war!! It’s all about energy not protecting our country!! God bless everyone!!

  • Noel

    Whether or not Obama fixes everything, or only aids in the recovery, he will be better than George Bush and his downward spiral.

  • Angel-HEart

    I think it’s sad that you get on a website and make these ridiculous comments about the man that’s going to lead this country for next 4 years. You don’t realize how simple minded you sound when you ridicule a man because his middle name is Hussein. He didn’t name his self, his white mother and his black father named him. You people really need to stop acting childish. You need to have faith in Obama believe that he’ll do a great job, he is our new president.

  • tina

    Obama rules life.

    Michelle is still not looking good.

  • Pitchajarun

    Wow… some of u americans really justify what the rest of the world thinks about you….. stupid, arrogant, ignorant & vain…. you finally get rid of that lump brained bush and can’t even embrace the hope of what could be… thank god for the americans who voted for Obama, thankfully you are the majority. I’m happy for America, at least you no longer look like a country of fools being led by a brainless war-mongering bobble head. (still can’t understand how braindead bush was voted in twice!!!!)

  • OBAMAISMYPRESIDENT

    Everyone is in such a hurry for some kind of change that they don’t even use common sense. We all want change. But can we trust a man that has Hussein for a middle name with our war on terrorism? I know I’m being judgemental but hey I haven’t forgotten 9/11 and what terrorists are capable of. It’s pathetic that everyone let’s celebrities persuade them to vote for. Get the facts and then decide on your own! You all complain about Bush but what would life had been like if Gore or Kerry had win? No matter what you always get criticized for trying to do the right thing. And for the record I thought Bush was great! So next time you vote, vote because you believe in what he stands for, the facts, not who endorses him.

    To Amber
    If you only knew how ignorant you sound for judging someone by their middle name!!He didnt name himself when he was born but then again you also put bush and great in the same sentence

  • OBAMAISMYPRESIDENT

    ann @ 01/20/2009 at 9:14 pm

    Obama spent 170 million on his inauguration oh my gosh what does that tell you. We are in a mess and he spends that much on his inauguration. Not racist I don’t care if he’s white brown orange or pink but our economy is a mess he spends that much!! All I can say is wow. Oh by the way he is the first president to have tho Dow go down on the inauguration. It has not gone down this much before. Just wait people he just became president today give him a few months. Oh god help us. We are gonna have another terrorist attack on our soil before you know it. Because I say this cause Obama does not even want to talk about the war!! It’s all about energy not protecting our country!! God bless everyone!!

    To Ann
    The Dow has been going down almost everyday.Just because it is the day of the inauguration that doesnt make it automatically stop going down.You cant change our economy status in ONE DAY use your brain to think before you speak

  • Amber

    To Obamaismypresident,

    honestly I could care less about being considered ignorant.. I feel the right to be able to judge. It’s a god given right. And like I said 9/11 is reason I don’t trust. If his parents gave him that middle name, that can only suggest on how he was raised. the man wouldn’t even salute the flag and was not proud to be an american? It’s pathetic. Bush was the best. But everyone only cares about themselves. Selfish!

  • OBAMAISMYPRESIDENT

    Well lets just leave it at this you can have your opinion…I’ll have mine but either way BUSH is gone and OBAMA is President now whether you want to accept it or not!!!

  • obamarockz009

    All you hateful bitches need 2 go some where else… Nobody cares about your opinions… Sorry to tell u but Barack Obama is the new President of the Unites States and you just need to get over yourselves and accept that.. Dont hate because Bush left all this crap for Obama to clean up… He is gonna be a great president and you know it.. The only reason that you are makin such a fuss over it is because you dont want a BLACK MAN in the white house… Well, SORRY… but you need to get over yourselves and get a life and stop trying to take the joy that we feel for OBAMA being PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES of AMERICA!! If you hate OBAMA being president so much, why are you visiting this particular page ABOUT him? You are just wasting your time, because nobody cares what you have to say… =)

    LIKE I SAID BEFORE… GET THE FUCK OVER YOURSELVES AND GET A LIFE!

  • Lucy and Ethel

    Love, love, love President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama.
    This is a new beginning for America and the World.
    Out with the “old” and in with the”NEW”
    They are” first class” people in every sense of the word,
    Education, style, honor, integrity and INTENTION.
    They are the real deal.
    All the anti-Obama people: Brace yourself.
    He is going to do a GREAT job.
    Best man ever to grace the White House Steps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • justacitizenwhocares

    I’m not a racist; however the dream of MLK was for All men to be created equal and so forth….yet this presidency is based on “THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN PRESIDENT. Obama is NOT the First African-American president; he is THE FIRST BI-RACIAL PRESIDENT. And when everyone braces that idea, then the country can meld together without racism.

  • silent

    What is the deal with people anymore? Everything is racist when it comes to disliking a candiate. Racist this and racist that. I could care less if Obama was white black or polka dotted. I just don’t like him. If you say i’m racist, then go ahead. You’re the one that’s being racist.

  • [☆I n F a m o u s☆]

    …`i feel; really bad for the few people who dislike obama. their apart of a very, very, very small group.. it must suck to know that the a-list super mega star celebrity you love and look up to – loves and looks up to obama! lmbaooo

  • screwobama

    you guys are all idiots the economy goes through ups and downs and yes this is one of the worst its ever been but its not just from bush, if you dumbasses didnt know probably because it wasnt on mtv but if you didnt know the democrats were pretty much in control even when bush was president & basically the economy can only go up from here and obama will take all the credit when in fact hell do nothing because he is a piece of shit who got celebs to payy for him to make it as far as he did, you will all regret it just wait.

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