On Tuesday January 20th, 2009, Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States. “Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real,” Obama said in his inaugural address. “They are serious, and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America: They will be met.” An estimated 1.5 million people came from all over the country to celebrate this historical event in Washington, DC. Many did not have tickets for the events but said that they would be happy just to get a glimpse of the nation’s first African-American president. The election of Barack Obama is being viewed by many as a continuation of the Civil Rights movement. It’s making people feel like they have hope again, and that their voice does matter. This is America happening,” said Evadey Minott of Brooklyn, New York. “It was prophesied by [the Rev. Martin Luther] King that we would have a day when everyone would come together. This is that day. I am excited. I am joyful. It brings tears to my eyes.”
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