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Among The Crowds On Inauguration Day


Spectators came from across the United States to watch the inauguration of Barack Obama on January 20, 2009. - obama20 photo by Ricki Green
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Spectators came from across the United States to watch the inauguration of Barack Obama on January 20, 2009. - obama20 photo by Ricki Green

Rosie Williams and four friends came by bus from their homes in east Texas to be part of the celebrations. - United States -- Rosie Williams and four friends, shown here at the inaugural concert on the National Mall, came by bus from their homes in east Texas to be part of the nation's celebration of Barack Obama's inauguration as president. 19Jan2008 Obama20
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Rosie Williams and four friends came by bus from their homes in east Texas to be part of the celebrations. - United States -- Rosie Williams and four friends, shown here at the inaugural concert on the National Mall, came by bus from their homes in east Texas to be part of the nation's celebration of Barack Obama's inauguration as president. 19Jan2008 Obama20

Spectators, like Yvonne Jones from Lexington, Kentucky, struggled to keep warm in freezing weather. - obama20 photo by Ricki Green
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Spectators, like Yvonne Jones from Lexington, Kentucky, struggled to keep warm in freezing weather. - obama20 photo by Ricki Green

Some participants awoke before dawn to secure a place. These visitors took a brief rest before the ceremony began. - obama20 photo by Ricki Green
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Some participants awoke before dawn to secure a place. These visitors took a brief rest before the ceremony began. - obama20 photo by Ricki Green

As between 1 million and 2 million visitors arrived in Washington, city officials made provisions for their needs. - United States -- Rows of public toilets were set up to accommodate hundreds of thousands of visitors gathering to watch the inauguration of Barack Obama, 28Jan2008. Obama20
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As between 1 million and 2 million visitors arrived in Washington, city officials made provisions for their needs. - United States -- Rows of public toilets were set up to accommodate hundreds of thousands of visitors gathering to watch the inauguration of Barack Obama, 28Jan2008. Obama20

This father and son wait for the inaugural ceremony on the National Mall. - obama20 photo by Ricki Green
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This father and son wait for the inaugural ceremony on the National Mall. - obama20 photo by Ricki Green

Crowds celebrate as Barack Obama takes the oath of office as the 44th president of the United States. - U.S--Washington, D.C. - JANUARY 20: People wave flags 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 obama20
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Crowds celebrate as Barack Obama takes the oath of office as the 44th president of the United States. - U.S--Washington, D.C. - JANUARY 20: People wave flags 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 obama20

T-shirts reading “Back in the house we built” make reference to the construction of the White House by black slaves. - obama20 Ricki Green
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T-shirts reading “Back in the house we built” make reference to the construction of the White House by black slaves. - obama20 Ricki Green

Mayor Khidhir from Washington, D.C., says women and people of color will have more opportunities with Obama in office. - obama20 photo by Ricki Green
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Mayor Khidhir from Washington, D.C., says women and people of color will have more opportunities with Obama in office. - obama20 photo by Ricki Green

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