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Barack Obama Inaugurated As 44th President of the United States

January 20, 2009
Aaman Lamba

Barack Obama changed the world and American Politics as he was inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States. Stay tuned as we cover this historic event live. Add your views in the comments. If you'd like to liveblog along with us - send us an email

Articles are invited about what you expect (or don't) from the new American President.

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#1
Aaman
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January 20, 2009
11:14 AM

If you'd like to live-blog yourself, just type your comments in the box above and hit send.

#2
smallsquirrel
January 20, 2009
11:35 AM

jumping the gun a bit aaman? he's not yet been inaugurated. just under 30 mins to go.

I live just outside of DC. The city has come to a standstill. The National Mall is now closed as it has reach full capacity. The streets are so jammed that people cannot exit metro stations and there are backups everywhere.

#3
temporal
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January 20, 2009
11:40 AM

and heeeeeere's obama in mcmahonese

#4
Aaman
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January 20, 2009
01:11 PM

Articles are invited on the weight of expectations on the new President

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Aaman
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January 20, 2009
01:23 PM

The liveblog's ended, but comments stay open, as always

#6
Aaman
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January 20, 2009
01:25 PM

Vice President Jobs?

#7
Aaman
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January 20, 2009
01:28 PM
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Ruvy
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January 20, 2009
01:48 PM

ReadWriteWeb's Tag Cloud analysis of Obama's and Bush's inaugural speeches

Clever. Bush talked a lot about freedom and delivered less of it to America. Obama talked a lot about less - will he deliver more? And more of what?

#9
Aaman
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January 20, 2009
01:52 PM

how is it being reported around the world?

#10
Temple Stark
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January 20, 2009
02:54 PM

Good way to put it Ruvy. ...We shall see!


#11
Sanjay
January 20, 2009
09:32 PM

Well, it's the day of Inauguration in the US, where the "Great New Hope" floats in, while the outgoing admin bows out. Oddly enough, I had a flashback of a brief memory from 10 years ago:

Back in 1998, when CNN first upgraded their website and started their chat boards, I remember being avid participant there, where you could even find assorted journalists and academics lounging online.

We used to have some heated discussions about geo-politics. I remember one such debate over the headline issue at the time - the opportunistic bombing of Belgrade by the war-mongering Clinton and Albright. I angrily denounced Albright (whom I always referred to by her original foreign-born name, Madlenka Korbel), complaining that she was an extra-territorialist Atlanticist whose own personal past had prejudiced her into imposing war on Serbia. I also made pointed comparisons to the 1991 Gulf War and how the United States had built up Saddam's war machine into the menace it became, before bludgeoning it into submission after it chomped on America's little Kuwaiti poodle. A Malayalee living in Kuwait rebuked me, complaining, "You and I share a common name - a Mahabharata figure who was famous for his foresight! How can you then be so blind to the suffering Saddam has caused your fellow Indians here!"

Before I could retort back, another poster named Condoleezza curiously inquired as to what our name meant, upon which I had to summarize the Mahabharata story for her. A regular on the forum, she preferred to stay out of our acrimonious debates and never used to voice any opinions of her own, only asking occasional questions. I figured she was some Mississippi grandma visiting the forum to pass the time. It was only later to my chagrin that other forum participants mentioned to me she was a political science professor from Stanford.

#12
Sanjay
January 20, 2009
09:34 PM

It was only a couple of years later during the 2001 US Presidential campaign that the memory of that exchange came back to me, as I read about George W Bush's new foreign policy advisor, and how she was actually a former student of Josef Korbel's.

Heh, an odd coincidence, but a true story.

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sarah islam
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January 21, 2009
01:13 AM

I watched Obama's inauguration last night. I am not an American but I couldn't help feeling really proud of who thay have elected and got goosebumps when he spoke about how 60 years ago he wouldn't have been served in restaurants in some states.

O well, now back to business,let's see what he can do to take the world out of the mess that Dubya has created.

DOn't want to be cynical and really want to give this guy a chance.

GO OBAMA!

#14
blokesablogin
January 21, 2009
01:31 AM

I really wish that India elects wisely this summer to complement the miracle that this past year has been, here in the US, politically speaking.

#15
Ledzius
January 21, 2009
02:48 AM

I agree.. we need a change as much as the Americans needed.. the Cong govt has failed on many fronts.

#16
coffee
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January 21, 2009
04:51 AM

i don't doubt that Obama will be a vast improvement for the U.S. and the rest of the world

#17
How to Start a Business in California
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January 21, 2009
06:12 AM

It was a historic day indeed with the inauguration of Barack Obama and now Obama will have to sit down and tackle the problems facing the United States of America. The economy, oil, jobs and two wars will all be Obama's focal points during his historic first 90 days in office. The changing of the guard will hopefully equal an end to the crisis.

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