Tuesday, January 20, 2009
A New Beginning!
Barack Obama's historic inauguration as the 44th president of the United States took place on the steps of the US Capitol in Washington, DC today.
About one million people watched the inauguration from the National Mall and hundreds of thousands more packed Pennsylvania Avenue.
Joe Biden was sworn in as the Vice-President of the USA, beginning a second career after 36 years in the US Senate representing the state of Delaware.
The ceremony took place in a three-square-kilometer area of the capital, which was turned into a hyper-secure zone.
More than 12,500 active troops and military reservists, thousands of metropolitan police as well as personnel from 57 departments around the nation descended on Washington.
This was a historic day. A day that, as a child, I wasn't sure would come. Today more than any other day in the past, I am proud to be an American. May God bless us and keep us, and from this day forward may we all step forth as a nation of equals, where anything is possible, and where there is opportunity and justice for all!
"We are a nation of Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, and Non Believers."