44th US President: Barack Hussein Obama

Barack Hussein Obama claimed his place in history as America’s first black president Tuesday,01/20/2009, summoning a dispirited and divided nation to unite in hope against the “gathering clouds and raging storms” of unfinished war and grave economic woe. A jubilant crowd of more than a million waited for hours in frigid temperatures to witness the moment as a young black man with a foreign-sounding name took command of a nation founded by slaveholders.

It was a scene watched in fascination by many millions — perhaps billions — around the world.
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