It was a day to relish, rejoice in and remember.
I’ve been to more than a few presidential inaugurations in my time but none like the one we witnessed last week. It seemed more the celebration of a national holiday than a changing of the guard.
“What does change mean?” asked Woodrow Wilson in his inaugural address. That is a question which will soon be answered by President Barack Obama.
What surprised me most about Obama’s speech was its lack of passion. It was lacking in the soaring oratory we have come to expect, especially when compared to other speeches he has delivered, most notably on Election Night. It seemed as cold as the subfreezing weather. Maybe he was trying to lower expectations. He succeeded.
After the flub heard around the world, President Barack Obama has taken the oath of office. Again.
Chief Justice John Roberts delivered the oath to Obama on Wednesday night at the White House — a rare do-over. The surprise moment came in response to Tuesday’s much-noticed stumble, when Roberts got the words of the oath a little off, which prompted Obama to do so, too.
By Ben Feller, The Associated Press
, January 22, 2009
Jamestown resident Ana Nykolayow was among a select group of collegiate scholars who attended the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama.
Nykolayow, a junior at University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, was nominated for the University Presidential Inaugural Conference because of her high GPA and involvement in Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity.
Two days from the White House, President-elect Barack Obama joined a vast throng Sunday at a joyous pre-inauguration celebration staged among marble monuments to past heroes. “Anything is possible in America,” declared the man who will confront economic crisis and two wars when he takes office.
By David Espo and Ben Feller, The Associated Press
, January 19, 2009
Those heading to Washington to witness Barack Obama’s inauguration as the first black U.S. president will need lots of luck, and probably hope, to find a place to stay.
They might be able to pay $40,000 for a four-night stay at a fancy hotel or stay on someone’s couch or floor. Anything in between is just about gone for the Jan. 20 event.
By Brian Westley , The Associated Press
, November 12, 2008
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