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Inauguration Day in DC

Saturday, January 24, 2009

By The Denver Post

An estimated 1.8 million people crowded the mall in Washington, DC to bear witness to history on January 20, 2009. Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States and the first African American to hold the office. The busy day for the Obama family included The Inauguration Ceremony, the Presidential Luncheon, the Inaugural Parade and, finally, the Inaugural Balls in the evening.


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The Capitol is illuminated in the early morning hours before the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC. Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected to the office of President in the history of the United States. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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Commuters walk up the stopped escalators at the Judiciary Square Metro Rail stop on their way to the National Mall on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009 for the inauguration ceremonies in Washington. (AP Photo/The News Leader, Pat Jarrett)

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People debark the Metro during the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC. Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected to the office of President in the history of the United States. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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Seamen Eric Taylor (L) of New Jersey and fireman Willy Webster get in position infront of the Capitol in the early morning hours before the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC. Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected to the office of President in the history of the United States. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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People gather for the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America on the National Mall January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC. Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected to the office of President in the history of the United States. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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Thousands of people crammed onto the national mall to watch the inauguration of Barack Obama, the 44th president of the united states. (Denver Post Photo by Reza A. Mavashti)

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President Bush and first lady Laura Bush welcome President-elect Barack Obama and his wife Michelle at the White House for the traditional inaugural coffee before Barack Obama's inauguration, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009. (Andrew Councill/The New York Times)

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The presidential seal is affixed on the door of the new presidential limousine that will take President George W. Bush and President-elect Barack Obama from the White House to the inauguration ceremony at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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A Secret Service agent readies the new presidential limousine that will take President George W. Bush and President-elect Barack Obama from the White House to the inauguration ceremony at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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President-elect Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are welcomed to the North Portico of the White House by President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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A folder for President Barack Obama left by Former President George W. Bush sits on the Resolute desk in the Oval Office of the White House January 20, 2009. (ERIC DRAPER/AFP/Getty Images)

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Vice-President Dick Cheney is assisted to his vehicle in a wheelchair on the North Portico of the White House as he heads to Capitol Hill for the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009. Cheney hurt his back while moving out of the vice presidential residence. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Crowds of media prepare to cover the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America at the Capitol January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC. Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected to the office of President in the history of the United States. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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People gather at the Washington Monument during the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America on the National Mall of the Capitol January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC. Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected to the office of President in the history of the United States. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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A member of the U.S. Navy holds a flag as he waits for the start of the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America on the National Mall January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC. Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected to the office of President in the history of the United States. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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People gather for the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America on the National Mall January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC. Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected to the office of President in the history of the United States. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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People gather at the Washington Memorial for the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America on the National Mall January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC. Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected to the office of President in the history of the United States. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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People fill the West Front of the Capitol ahead of the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America on the West Front of the Capitol January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC. Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected to the office of President in the history of the United States. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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Former president Bill Clinton (L) Secretary of State designate Hillary Clinton, Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Bush (R) arrive at the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America on the West Front of the Capitol January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC. Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected to the office of President in the history of the United States. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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President George W. Bush greets Sasha Obama at the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America on the West Front of the Capitol January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC. Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected to the office of President in the history of the United States. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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Barack H. Obama arrives to his inauguration as the 44th President of the United States of America at the Capitol January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC. Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected to the office of President in the history of the United States. (Photo by Jim Bourg-Pool/Getty Images)

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Aretha Franklin sings "My Country 'Tis of Thee" at the inauguration of President Barack Obama in Washington on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009. Obama became the 44th president of the United States Tuesday, and called on Americans to join him in confronting what he described as an economic crisis caused by greed but also "our collective failure to make hard choices." (Damon Winter/The New York Times)

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Vice President Elect, Joe Biden takes the oath of office next to his wife, to become the Vice President of the United States during the Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama at the U.S. Capitol Tuesday afternoon. (Andy Cross/The Denver Post)

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People celebrate during the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America on the National Mall January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC. Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected to the office of President in the history of the United States. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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President-elect Barack Obama smiles over at President George W. Bush during swearing-in ceremonies at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009. In the foreground is Vice President Dick Cheney. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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President Barack Obama talks with president George W. Bush during his inauguration as the 44th President of the United States of America on the West Front of the Capitol January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC. Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected to the office of President in the history of the United States. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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Former US First Lady Laura Bush (2nd R) looks over at her successor Michelle Obama (L) during the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th US president at the Capitol in Washington on January 20, 2009. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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Violinist Itzahk Perlman, left, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma perform during the inauguration ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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Barack Obama, left, takes the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts, not seen, as his wife Michelle, holds the Lincoln Bible and daughters Sasha, right and Malia, watch at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Chuck Kennedy, Pool)

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Gwendolyn Prater, of Virginia Beach, Va. smiles as she soaks in the moments following the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Thousands of people crammed onto the national mall to watch the inauguration of Barack Obama, the 44th president of the united states. (Denver Post Photo by Reza A. Mavashti)

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An African-American couple hug in the National Mall as they listen to US President Barack Obama take the oath of office in Washington on January 20, 2009. Two million people erupted in joyous celebration, cheering and waving a sea of flags as Obama took the oath of office as the first black president of the United States. The day had begun early for the crowds, as the first packed subway trains that began rolling towards the city from 4:00 am. Bleary-eyed, sleep-deprived and aching with cold, they rode in from the outer suburbs in Maryland and Virginia. Others, bundled up in several layers against the bone-numbing cold, streamed by foot down the city's wide avenues, a flood of humanity cheerfully, but single-mindedly, moving in one direction. (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

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Barack Obama's hand lies on a bible as he is sworn in as the 44th US president by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts in front of the Capitol in Washington on January 20, 2009. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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Barack Obama (L) is sworn in as the 44th US president as his wife Michelle Obama holds the Lincoln Bible at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on January 20, 2009. (PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

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President-elect Barack Obama takes the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts to become the 44th President of the United States on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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US President Barack Obama (L) speaks with his daughter Malia (2nd R) as First Lady Michelle Obama (2nd L) and daughter Sasha look on after Obama was sworn in as the 44th US president by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts in front of the Capitol in Washington on January 20, 2009. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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From left, Claudia Mesa, Allison Smith and Topeka Sam celebrate at the base of the Washington Monument while waiting for the inauguration ceremony of U.S. President Barack Obama to begin, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009 in Washington. (AP Photo/The St. Petersburg Times, Kainaz Amaria)

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President Barack Obama speaks at his inauguration in Washington on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009. Obama became the 44th president of the United States Tuesday, and called on Americans to join him in confronting what he described as an economic crisis caused by greed but also "our collective failure to make hard choices." (Damon Winter/The New York Times)

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Sasha Obama, center, yawns during President Barack Obama's speech, as her sister, Malia, left, and mother/First Lady, Michell Obama, right, watch during the Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama at the U.S. Capitol Tuesday afternoon. (Andy Cross/The Denver Post)

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President Barack Obama waves to the crowds just after his speech for his Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama at the U.S. Capitol Tuesday afternoon. (Andy Cross/The Denver Post)

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A woman watches the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America on the West Front of the Capitol January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC. Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected to the office of President in the history of the United States. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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President Barack Obama kisses his wife Michelle Obama moments after he was inaugurated as the 44th president of the U.S., Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2008 in Washington. Looking on from left: former President Clinton; Secretary of State nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton, former President George H.W. Bush, Jenna Bush Hager, Barbara Bush, former first lady Laura Bush (in white coat), Lynne Cheney, wife of Vice President Dick Cheney, and former President George W. Bush, right. In the background at center, with cap and sunglasses in former President Carter. (Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times)

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Former US first lady Laura Bush (2nd-L) and daughters watch as outgoing US president George W. Bush embraces his successor Barack Obama during the inaugural ceremony for Obama as 44th US president at the US Capitol in Washington on January 20, 2009. (PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

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U.S. President Barack Obama and former president George W. Bush leave the West Front of the Capitol after Obama's inauguration on January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC. Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected to the office of President in the history of the United States. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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Secret Service agents walk alongside the limousine carrying President Barack Obama and his family to the White House from the Capitol following his inauguration on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009. Obama became the 44th president of the United States Tuesday, and called on Americans to join him in confronting what he described as an economic crisis caused by greed but also "our collective failure to make hard choices." (Richard Perry/The New York Times)

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President Barack Obama's daughter Sasha waves through the limousine's window as they leave the Capitol on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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US President Barack Obama accompanies former president George W. Bush out of the Capitol, followed by Vice President Joe Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama and former first lady Laura Bush, after taking the oath of office in Washington on January 20, 2009. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

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First lady Michelle Obama walks alongside Laura Bush to a waiting helicopter for former President George W. Bush, after Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president at the Capitol in Washington Tueaday, Jan. 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Saul Loeb, Pool)

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Former U.S. President George W. Bush salutes as he and former first lady Laura Bush head to a Marine helicopter on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol Building after the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States of America on January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC. Obama is the first African-American to be elected to the office of President in the history of the U.S. (Photo by Tannen Maury-Pool/Getty Images)

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US President Barack Obama stands alongside his wife, Michelle, as US Vice President Joe Biden salutes alongside his wife, Jill, as former US President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, leave the US Capitol on the presidential helicopter after Obama was sworn in as the 44th US president in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2009. (Photo by Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images)

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Presidential helicopter Marine One lifts off with former President George Bush his wife Laura and the rest of the Bush clan to Andrews Air Force base then onto Crawford, Texas. (Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post)

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Former President George W. Bush looks out over the U.S. Capitol as his helicopter departs Washington, D.C. Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, for Andrews Air Force Base following the inauguration ceremonies for President Barack Obama. (Eric Draper/The White House)

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The United States Army Band marches along Pennsylvania Avenue following the presidential inauguration of Barack Obama, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

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Major General Richard Rowe accompanies newly elected President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle and Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill as the President surveys the troops and some marching bands from the east steps of the state capitol. This marked the beginning of the long anticipated inaugural parade up Pennsylvania Ave. The men dressed in colonial uniforms were the third infantry division from Fort Meyer and are called the Commander in Chief's Guard. (Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post)

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk the inaugural parade route in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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People crowd a building during the inaugural parade for US President Barack Obama in Washington, DC. (TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center on January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC. Obama became the first African-American to be elected to the office of President in the history of the United States. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill at the Neighborhood Ball January 20, 2009 in Washington, D.C., the first of ten inauguration balls. (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Supporters cheer President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama at the Youth Inaugural Ball in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama during the Midatlantic Regional Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, January 20, 2009. Obama was sworn in as the 44th US president earlier in the day. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama dance during the Commander-in-Chief Ball at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, January 20, 2009. Obama was sworn in as the 44th US president earlier in the day. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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President Barack Obama, right, and first lady Michelle Obama, left, have their first dance of the evening during the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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President Barack Obama, left, kisses first lady Michelle Obama as they have their first dance of the evening during the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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US President Barack Obama (R) and First Lady Michelle Obama (L) celebrate during the first Inaugural Ball of the evening, the Neighborhood Ball on January 20, 2009 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. (TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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The presidential limousine is parked in front of the South Portico of the White House after President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama returned from the inaugural balls in Washington, early Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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