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Obamarama: Inaugural events

The historic inauguration of Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States, took place on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009.

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Crowds gathered at the We Are One inaugural celebration at the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday, Jan. 18.

Crowds gathered at the We Are One inaugural celebration at the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday, Jan. 18.1Picture by Lauren PoorAlong the mall and the D.C. area in general, vendors sold Obama products from t-shirts to original artwork.2Picture by Lauren PoorAppropriate for the "We Are One" theme, people gave boosts to children so that everyone could get a view of the concert.3Picture by Lauren PoorU2 performed two songs at the concert. Other performers and speakers included Jack Black, Steve Carell, Jamie Foxx, Tom Hanks, Martin Luther King III, Queen Latifah, Tiger Woods, Beyoncé, Jon Bon Jovi, John Legend, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Shakira, Usher and by Lauren PoorSome people climbed trees to get better views of the Jumbotrons.5Picture by Lauren PoorBefore the final performance by Beyonce, then-President-Elect Barack Obama gave a speech. Joe Biden spoke earlier on.6Picture by Lauren PoorIn the early morning of Jan. 20 - Inauguration Day - families from all over the country watch the sun rise behind the Washington Monument from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.7Picture by Julia SeigerSoldiers guard the street from traffic in the early morning of Inauguration Day. Militiamen could be seen throughout the streets of D.C. as an extra precaution to protect the close to two million people who flooded to the National Mall.8Picture by Julia SeigerOver 8,000 toilets provided relief for the crowds who gathered on the National Mall.9Picture by Julia SeigerBefore the crowds, a couple watches the sunrise as they wait to see Barack Obama become the 44th President of the United States.10Picture by Julia SeigerMore than a million people came together from all over the country to form a sea on the Mall and watch Barack Obama get sworn in as the first black President of the United States.11Picture by Julia Seiger12Picture by Julia SeigerPresident Barack Obama presents his inaugural address to the nation as seen on a jumbotron by the Washington Monument.13Picture by Julia SeigerIn the rush to escape the madness downtown, people neglect to throw away their trash, creating a filthy mess in an already chaotic situation.14Picture by Julia SeigerThis man shows his support with a unique cutout of President Barack Obama as crowds rush to leave after the inauguration.15Picture by Julia Seiger
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