Inauguration Multimedia 2009
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Capturing History Together
 
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January 20, 2009 - Washington, D.C.
 
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A view of inauguration day at the Capitol as Barack Obama takes his oath of office to become the 44th president of the United States.
 
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Witnessing Barack Obama's Historic Inauguration
 
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History was made as the 44th president of the United States of America was sworn into office. Here are some moments from the inaugural ceremony.
 
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Thousands of non-ticketed visitors crowd into an overflow area on the National Mall near the Washington Monument to watch Barack Obama take the oath of office as the nation's 44th president.
 
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People in the U.S. and around the world mark the inauguration of President Barack Obama on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009.
 
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Spectators of the swearing-in ceremony and inaugural parade of President Barack Obama crowded downtown Metro stations and created human gridlock throughout the streets of Washington, D.C.
 
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For the D.C. hospitality industry, the presidential inauguration is like the Super Bowl. A look behind the scenes at the Washington Ritz-Carlton reveals the hard work behind the luxury hotel's long weekend of pageantry and performance art.
 
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The day before the historic inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama was one for service, travel, tourism and gatherings in and around the area.
 
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The Caldwell family reflects on how life has changed for their family from slavery to the election of America's first black president.
 
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Share your photos of official inaugural balls and your own celebrations.
 
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By some estimates, more than 400,000 people filled the western end of the Mall for the official start to President-elect Obama's inauguration.
 
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A look at the famous faces making headlines in movies, music and more.
 
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A huge crowd gathers between the Lincoln and Washington memorials on Sunday, Jan. 18, for an inauguration-opening event of musical performances interspersed with speeches and historical readings.
 
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President-elect Barack Obama's train trip to Washington, D.C. is symbolic of Lincoln's inaugural journey and will end with the installation of the nation's first African American president.
 
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In the last year, the word "change" became a player on the national scene. What does "change" mean? Ordinary citizens break it down.
 
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Setting the Stage for the Inauguration of the 44th President
 
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Indelible images from the longest, costliest and, quite possibly, most surprising presidential campaign of all time.
 
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The Washington Post's key coverage of George W. Bush's presidency.
 
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Historical facts about past Inaugurations.
 
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After a long campaign process, president-elect Barack Obama and his transition team are preparing for their ascension to the White House.
 
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Starting before dawn, officials staged a large-scale rehearsal of the upcoming presidential inauguration and parade, with thousands of people deployed later in the morning at the Capitol and along the parade route.
 
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President-elect Barack Obama's family has moved to Washington, D.C. The Obamas will stay at the historic Hay-Adams Hotel until the Blair House, a guest house where presidents-elect traditionally stay before the inauguration, is vacant. Following the family's move, President-elect Obama visited Congressional leadership to discuss plans for an upcoming economic stimulus package.
 
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It's not just the ball gowns that have evolved since the first presidential inaugural gala in 1809.
 
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The float for the state of Wyoming, Vice President Dick Cheney's home state, was created for the 2005 inaugural parade. The float is one of many displayed at the American Celebration on Parade Museum in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley.
 
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This winter, the same classicism championed by the Kennedys in 1961 swooped onto store racks, bringing "are-we-in-Athens?" Grecian-draped gowns, strapless column dresses of retro silk shantung and the return of slightly covered-up necklines. FW picks out frocks for those heading to an inaugural ball on Jan. 20.
 
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The next generation of American fashion designers imagines inaugural looks for the soon-to-be first lady.
 

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