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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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195 Responses to “It's Official: President Barack Obama!”

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  1. 101
    Richard Says:

    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.

  2. 102
    someone Says:

    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.

  3. 103
    LuckyL Says:

    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.

  4. 104
    A REALIST Says:

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

    CONGRATULATIONS, FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA!

  5. 105
    Jodi Says:

    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?

  6. 106
    Please Says:

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

  7. 107
    LuckyL Says:

    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.

  8. 108
    LuckyL Says:

    Jodi, please refer to the Constitution.

  9. 109
    LuckyL Says:

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

  10. 110
    mgurlgurl Says:

    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!!

  11. 111
    at last Says:

    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!

  12. 112
    nikki Says:

    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.

  13. 113
    Women for Obama Says:

    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!!!!!

  14. 114
    Please Says:

    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.

  15. 115
    LuckyL Says:

    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***

  16. 116
    hmmm Says:

    #115
    Spoken like a true Obamamaniac

  17. 117
    Tia Says:

    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.

  18. 118
    rc Says:

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

  19. 119
    to 105 Says:

    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.

  20. 120
    to chris Says:

    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.

  21. 121
    Here's The Deal Says:

    President Barack H. Obama. :-)

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

  22. 122
    SPC Says:

    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!!!

  23. 123
    Australian Says:

    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.

  24. 124
    malene Says:

    man…michelle o is one ugly lady. poor woman

  25. 125
    boogie Says:

    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.

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