First inauguration of Barack Obama

Preparations at the United States Capitol
Obama aboard the Georgia 300 on January 17, 2009
The Obamas wave at the crowd at the We Are One concert held at the Lincoln Memorial on January 18, 2009.
Biden was sworn into office by Associate Justice John Paul Stevens on January 20, 2009.
Obama takes the oath of office on January 20, 2009, at the U.S. Capitol.
From left to right: Itzhak Perlman, Gabriela Montero, Yo-Yo Ma and Anthony McGill performing John Williams' "Air and Simple Gifts" at the inauguration. Obama officially became the 44th president at noon during this performance.
President Obama (right) retakes the oath of office from Chief Justice Roberts at the White House on January 21, 2009. President Obama and Chief Justice Roberts stand near a portrait of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, designer and an early Architect of the Capitol.
Former President George W. Bush looks at the U.S. Capitol as he is departing on a US Marine Corps helicopter after the Inauguration.
President Obama addresses the luncheon attendees in National Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol.
2009 Inaugural parade route
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walking the inaugural parade route
From left to right: the Obamas, Bidens, and Clintons in the front pew at the Washington National Cathedral on January 21, 2009
Crowds watch the inauguration at the National Mall. The Washington Monument, and the Lincoln Memorial behind it, are in the background.
U.S. National Guard vehicle on K Street, N.W. in Washington, D.C. during the inauguration
Bob Weir (playing guitar) and Mickey Hart (playing drums) of the Grateful Dead performing at the Mid-Atlantic Inaugural Ball, January 20, 2009
Kenyans observing the inauguration from the United States embassy in Nairobi, Kenya

The first inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States took place on Tuesday, January 20, 2009, at the West Front of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. The 56th inauguration, which set a record attendance for any event held in the city, marked the commencement of the first term of Obama as president and Joe Biden as vice president.

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Barack Obama

American politician who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017.

Official portrait, 2012
Stanley Armour Dunham, Ann Dunham, Maya Soetoro and Barack Obama, (L to R) mid-1970s in Honolulu
Barack Obama's school record in St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Elementary School. Obama was enrolled as "Barry Soetoro" (no. 1), and was wrongly recorded as an Indonesian citizen (no. 3) and a Muslim (no. 4).
Obama poses in the Green Room of the White House with wife Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia, 2009
Obama playing in a pickup game on the White House basketball court, 2009
The Obamas worship at African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., January 2013
State Senator Obama and others celebrate the naming of a street in Chicago after ShoreBank co-founder Milton Davis in 1998
Results of the 2004 U.S. Senate race in Illinois; Obama won the counties in blue.
Official portrait of Obama as a member of the United States Senate
Obama and U.S. Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) visit a Russian facility for dismantling mobile missiles (August 2005)
Obama on stage with wife and daughters just before announcing presidential candidacy in Springfield, Illinois, February 10, 2007
2008 electoral vote results. Obama won 365–173.
2012 electoral vote results. Obama won 332–206.
Obama takes the oath of office administered by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. at the Capitol, January 20, 2009
Obama delivers a speech at joint session of Congress with Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on February 24, 2009.
Obama visits an Aurora shooting victim at University of Colorado Hospital, 2012.
The White House was illuminated in rainbow colors on the evening of the Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling, June 26, 2015.
Deficit and debt increases, 2001–2016
US employment statistics (unemployment rate and monthly changes in net employment) during Obama's tenure as U.S. president
Obama at a 2010 briefing on the BP oil spill at the Coast Guard Station Venice in Venice, Louisiana
Obama signs the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the White House, March 23, 2010.
Maximum Out-of-Pocket Premium as Percentage of Family Income and federal poverty level, under Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, starting in 2014 (Source: CRS)
Percentage of Individuals in the United States without Health Insurance, 1963–2015 (Source: JAMA)
June 4, 2009 − after his speech A New Beginning at Cairo University, U.S. President Obama participates in a roundtable interview in 2009 with among others Jamal Khashoggi, Bambang Harymurti and Nahum Barnea.
Obama with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, January 2015.
Obama meets with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at the White House, October 2016.
Meeting with UK Prime Minister David Cameron during the 2010 G20 Toronto summit
Obama after a trilateral meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai (left) and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari (right), White House Cabinet Room, May 2009
Obama meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres in the Oval Office, May 2009
President Obama meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss Syria and ISIS, September 29, 2015.
Obama and members of the national security team receive an update on Operation Neptune's Spear in the White House Situation Room, May 1, 2011. See also: Situation Room
Obama talks with Benjamin Netanyahu, March 2013.
President Obama meeting with Cuban President Raúl Castro in Panama, April 2015
Obama meets Russian President Vladimir Putin in September 2015.
Presidential approval ratings
G8 leaders watching the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final
Obama with his then-new successor Donald Trump and his later successor Joe Biden, at the former's inauguration on January 20, 2017
Obama playing golf with the President of Argentina Mauricio Macri, October 2017
Obama and his wife Michelle at the inauguration of Joe Biden
Job growth during the presidency of Obama compared to other presidents, as measured as a cumulative percentage change from month after inauguration to end of his term

Obama was elected over Republican nominee John McCain in the general election and was inaugurated alongside his running mate Joe Biden, on January 20, 2009.

Presidential transition of Barack Obama

The presidential transition of Barack Obama began when Barack Obama won the United States presidential election on November 4, 2008, and became the president-elect.

Outgoing President George W. Bush (left) and President-elect Barack Obama (right) meet in the Oval Office of the White House as part of the presidential transition
Outgoing President George W. Bush (left) and President-elect Barack Obama (right) meet in the Oval Office of the White House as part of the presidential transition
In keeping with tradition, President Bush left a letter (shown here on the Resolute desk) to Obama in the Oval Office.
During the transition period, Obama spoke from a lectern bearing the inscription "Office of the President Elect".
Living presidents George W. Bush, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, and President-elect Barack Obama at the White House Oval Office on January 7, 2009
President-elect Obama walking with President Bush during their November 10 meeting
Laura Bush meets with Michelle Obama.
The Annapolis Conference gathers in November 2007.
Kathleen Sebelius
Shaun Donovan
Eric Shinseki
Arne Duncan
Tom Vilsack
Ray LaHood
Hilda Solis
Melody Barnes
Gil Kerlikowske
Timothy Geithner
Gary Locke
Christina Romer
Lawrence Summers
Paul Volcker
Peter R. Orszag
Ron Kirk
Steven Chu
Ken Salazar
Lisa P. Jackson
Nancy Sutley
Carol Browner
Hillary Clinton
Robert Gates
Eric Holder
Janet Napolitano
James L. Jones
Dennis Blair
Leon Panetta
Susan Rice

The results were certified by a joint session of Congress on January 8, 2009, and the transition ended when Obama was inaugurated at noon EST on January 20, 2009.

Dianne Feinstein

American politician who serves as the senior United States senator from California, a seat she has held since 1992.

Official portrait, 2004
Feinstein in the late 1970s. (Future husband Richard C. Blum is standing behind her.)
As mayor of San Francisco, 1978–1988
Feinstein during the 108th Congress
Feinstein with President George W. Bush and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, October 25, 2007
President Barack Obama signs the New START in the Oval Office, February 2, 2011. Feinstein is standing fourth from right.
Feinstein with President Donald Trump, John Cornyn, and Marco Rubio to discuss school and community safety in the Cabinet Room at the White House, February 28, 2018
Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown (left) with U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (middle) and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom (right) in 2007
Feinstein in 2010
The 2009 line outside Feinstein's office for unclaimed tickets to the First inauguration of Barack Obama
Feinstein (white coat) and Kamala Harris in 2017

Feinstein is the first woman to have chaired the Senate Rules Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee, and the first woman to have presided over a U.S. presidential inauguration.

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

Tri-jurisdictional government agency that operates transit service in the Washington metropolitan area.

A New Flyer DE42LFA #6567 Local branded bus at the Ballston-MU Metro Station in April 2011.
A Washington Metro Breda 3000-Series car on Blue Line route in October 2005.
The Glory of the Chinese Descendants (2000) by Foon Sham at entrance to Gallery Place-Chinatown station

The record for daily ridership was 1.12 million on January 20, 2009, the day of Barack Obama's first Presidential Inauguration, followed by the Women's March on January 21, 2017, with 1,001,613 trips.

Washington Metro

Rapid transit system serving the Washington metropolitan area of the United States.

Metro under construction at the Navy Yard in 1989
Interior of a rehabilitated Breda car (2007)
Map of system drawn to scale. This map does not include the Silver Line.
A train of Rohr cars arriving at (2005)
The 7000 series trains, manufactured by Kawasaki, were introduced in 2015 – the first generation of rolling stock to have a major change in design, as the 1000–6000 series trains all had a very similar look and feel.
The interior of the 7000 series trains uses a mix of transverse and longitudinal seating.
Originally built for passenger service, this railcar was later converted to a clearance car with "feelers".
PIDS signs at the station
Digital PIDS signs at the station
Standard self-service vending machines for passes and farecards located at each station
New faregate at Gallery Place station
Front face of an old paper Metro farecard, listing declining-balance value remaining
Metro Transit Police cruiser
Crash at the station on November 3, 2004
June 22, 2009 crash, in which nine people were killed.
Green Line train after the January 7, 2007 derailment
The station
The metro station at Dulles Airport under construction in 2017, part of Phase II of the Silver Line
A sign indicating the future location of the Potomac Yard metro station, which broke ground in 2019
Proposed route of the Purple Line
Intersection of coffered concrete ceiling vaults at {{wmata|Metro Center}} (opened 1976), a major transfer station
Gallery Place station (opened 1976)
A train departs from {{wmata|McPherson Square}} station (opened 1977), which has an original ceiling vault design.
Van Ness-UDC Station (opened 1981) shows a modified ceiling vault.
Twinbrook (opened 1984) is a typical original above-ground station.
King Street-Old Town Station (opened 1983) shows a modified elevated station design, used in historic Alexandria, as it was less intrusive.
The most recent elevated station design, seen at Wiehle-Reston East station, which opened in 2014, mirrors the design of the original underground stations.
{{wmata|Spring Hill}} (opened 2014) shows a modified version of the newest design, used on some elevated stations due to its cost savings.
Canopy over entrance to {{wmata|L'Enfant Plaza}} (opened 1977) echoes the arched ceiling underground.

The highest ridership for a single day was on the day of the first inauguration of Barack Obama, January 20, 2009, with 1.12 million riders.

United States presidential inauguration

Ceremony to mark the commencement of a new four-year term of the president of the United States.

Presidential inauguration at the western front of the U.S. Capitol facing the National Mall (site since Reagan in 1981) – Barack Obama, January 20, 2009
Presidential inauguration with old overhead ceremonial porch at the eastern front of the U.S. Capitol (Lyndon B. Johnson, January 20, 1965)
Inauguration Day, January 20, 2005: President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush lead the inaugural parade from the Capitol, down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House
President Reagan being sworn in for his second term "privately" on television, January 20, 1985
Inauguration platform under construction for Woodrow Wilson's first inauguration in 1913
The Reverend Donn Moomaw delivers the invocation at the first inauguration of Ronald Reagan, 1981.
Maya Angelou delivering her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at Bill Clinton's inauguration in 1993
Barack Obama's 2009 inaugural luncheon
The Inaugural Parade on Pennsylvania Avenue passes the presidential reviewing stand in front of the White House in March 1881.
Grandstand ticket to the Inaugural Parade for President Herbert Hoover, March 4, 1929
Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Joe Biden, and Jill Biden at the 2013 National Prayer Service
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection boat patrolling the waterways around Washington, D.C. prior to the inauguration of Donald Trump
A presidential medal from the inauguration of Theodore Roosevelt in 1905

First inauguration of Barack Obama (2009): Elizabeth Alexander read her poem "Praise Song for the Day"

Itzhak Perlman

Israeli-American violinist, conductor, and music teacher.

Perlman before playing the National Anthem at Citi Field in New York City in 2016
Ed Sullivan congratulates 13-year-old Perlman after a concert (1958)
Perlman in 1984
Perlman at the White House in 2007

He performed John Williams's "Air and Simple Gifts" at the 2009 inauguration ceremony for Barack Obama along with Ma (cello), Gabriela Montero (piano), and Anthony McGill (clarinet).

National Mall

Landscaped park within the National Mall and Memorial Parks, an official unit of the United States National Park System.

The National Mall in March 2010, facing east from above the Potomac River
National Mall proper and adjacent areas (April 2002). The Mall had a grassy lawn flanked on each side by unpaved paths and rows of American elm trees as its central feature. (Numbers in the image correspond to numbers in the list of landmarks, museums and other features below.)
Andrew Downing Jackson Urn in May 2012
June 2004 view from the United States Capitol, facing west across the National Mall towards the Washington Monument
Facing east on the National Mall, as viewed near the 1300 block of Jefferson Drive, S.W. in April 2010. Rows of American elm trees line the sides of a path traversing the length of the Mall.
West side of the U.S. Capitol building (September 2013)
The Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in July 2005, facing east towards the Washington Monument
The view of the Lincoln Memorial from the Reflecting Pool in April 2007.
National World War II Memorial (July 2017)
The west side of the Jefferson Pier in April 2011, with the Washington Monument in the background.
Rows of young American elm trees on the National Mall, looking east from the top of the Washington Monument circa 1942
This view from the top of the Washington Monument shows rows of elm trees lining the Reflecting Pool (November 2014).
Portrait of the Mall and vicinity looking northwest from southeast of the U.S. Capitol circa 1846-1855, showing stables in the foreground, the Washington City Canal behind them, the Capitol on the right and the Smithsonian "Castle", the Washington Monument and the Potomac River in the distant left.
The Lockkeeper's House in 2018, looking northwest
Route of the Washington City Canal, showing the Mall (1851)
The Smithsonian Institution Building ("The Castle") in February 2007, looking north from the Enid A. Haupt Garden
The National Mall was the centerpiece of the 1902 McMillan Plan. A central open vista traversed the length of the Mall.
Eastward view of the National Mall from the top of the Washington Monument in 1918. The three structures and two chimneys crossing the Mall are temporary World War I buildings A, B and C and parts of their central power plant.
Westward view from the top of the Washington Monument in 1943 or 1944 during World War II. In the foreground, temporary buildings on the Washington Monument grounds house the Navy's Bureau of Ships. The Main Navy and Munitions Buildings stand to the right of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. Temporary buildings to the left of the Reflecting Pool house the Navy's Bureau of Supplies and Accounts.
Uncle Beazley on the National Mall between 1980 and 1994
National Park Service map showing the National Mall's designated reserve area referenced in the 2003 Commemorative Works Clarification and Revision Act
Barricade blocking walkway adjacent to the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool during the 2013 federal government shutdown, looking east toward the Washington Monument undergoing repair
Aerial view of the Mall facing west between 1980 and 1999
Looking east from the top of the Washington Monument towards the National Mall and the United States Capitol in December 1999
2007 aerial view of Capitol Hill and the National Mall, facing west
Inlay of L'Enfant Plan in Freedom Plaza, looking northwest in June 2005 from the observation deck in the Old Post Office Building Clock Tower
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (June 2010)
National Christmas Tree (November 28, 2018)
A Christmas tree in front of the Capitol in December of 2013.
Tidal Basin and Jefferson Memorial at dusk, facing south in October 2011.
L'Enfant Promenade (August 2013)
1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on the National Mall facing east from the Lincoln Memorial
The first inauguration of Barack Obama on January 20, 2009, facing west from the Capitol
Independence Day fireworks display between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, July 4, 1986
The April 9, 1939, concert by Marian Anderson, facing east from the Lincoln Memorial
Britney Spears performs during the "NFL Kickoff Live from the National Mall Presented by Pepsi Vanilla" concert, September 4, 2003
The Concert for Valor on the National Mall on November 11, 2014, looking west from the United States Capitol grounds
The Smithsonian station on the Washington Metro in 2005
1863 photograph of the National Mall and vicinity during the Civil War, looking west towards the U.S. Botanical Garden, Washington City Canal, Gas Works, railroad tracks, Washington Armory, and Armory Square Hospital buildings. The Smithsonian Institution Building, the uncompleted Washington Monument (behind the Smithsonian's building), and the Potomac River are in the background.
The Victorian landscaping and architecture of the Mall looking east from the top of the Washington Monument, showing the influence of the Downing Plan and Adolph Cluss on the National Mall circa 1904. The Department of Agriculture Building, and above it, "The Castle", are in the foreground. A railroad route leading to a shed attached to the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad station (not visible) crosses the Mall behind the Arts and Industry Building, the Army Medical Center, and the Armory.
View looking north of the National Mall with the Treasury Building in the background in April 1865.
View the National Mall with its livestock and the Treasury Building in the background in April 1865.
Looking east from the top of the Washington Monument towards the United States Capitol in the summer of 1901. The Mall exhibited the Victorian-era landscape of winding paths and random plantings that Andrew Jackson Downing designed in the 1850s
The Armory as a hospital during the Civil War
Department of Agriculture Building (circa 1895)
<center>Center Market circa 1875, looking northwest from The Mall</center>
Center Market between 1910 and 1930, looking southwest from 7th Street NW (at left)
Arts and Industries Building, looking southwest (March 2017)
Baltimore and Potomac Railroad station, looking southwest from 6th Street NW (at bottom and left)
Army Medical Museum and Library, looking northeast from Independence Avenue SW
Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool before reconstruction (April 2010)
Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool undergoing reconstruction (June 2011)
Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool undergoing reconstruction (December 2011)
Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool after reconstruction (May 2016)
Axis of National Mall before restoration (July 2012)
Axis of National Mall undergoing restoration (April 2015)
Axis of National Mall undergoing restoration (October 2015)
Axis of National Mall after restoration (September 2016)
Aerial view of National Mall, Looking South

The Committee made this arrangement because of the massive attendance – projected to be as many as 2 million people – that it expected for the first inauguration of Barack Obama on January 20, 2009.

Yo-Yo Ma

American cellist.

Yo-Yo Ma in 2013
Ma performs at the White House for American president Ronald Reagan, Crown Princess Michiko and Crown Prince Akihito of Japan, and Nancy Reagan, October 1987
Ma with Condoleezza Rice after performing a duet at the presentation of the 2001 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal Awards
Ma appearing at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in 2008
Ma's performance at Paranal Observatory, home of the Very Large Telescope

He performed John Williams' "Air and Simple Gifts" at the inauguration ceremony for Barack Obama on January 20, 2009, along with Itzhak Perlman (violin), Gabriela Montero (piano), and Anthony McGill (clarinet).

University of Delaware

Public land-grant research university located in Newark, Delaware.

The south green with Memorial Hall in the background and Magnolia Circle in the foreground
Memorial Hall, Home of UDel's English Department
Dupont Hall on the Central Green, College of Engineering
Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory
Brown and Sypherd Hall; residence halls on the North Green
Trabant University Center
University of Delaware shuttle bus
University of Delaware Police officer patrolling on foot
Joe Biden, 46th President of the United States, 47th Vice President of the United States and former U.S. Senator for Delaware
Jill Biden, First Lady of the United States and former Second Lady of the United States
Richard F. Heck, Nobel Prize in Chemistry laureate
Lodewijk van den Berg, astronaut
Larry Probst, CEO of Electronic Arts
George Read, former President of Delaware, former U.S. Senator from Delaware and signer of the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution
Joe Flacco, NFL Quarterback for the New York Jets
Chris Christie, former Governor of New Jersey
Tom Carper, U.S. Senator for Delaware
Johnny Weir, former Olympic figure skater
Thomas McKean, President of the Continental Congress, former Governor of Pennsylvania and President of Delaware and signer of the Declaration of Independence
Steve Schmidt, political communications strategist
Elena Delle Donne, WNBA player for the Washington Mystics
David Plouffe, former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama
Rich Gannon, 2002 NFL MVP, Appeared in Super Bowl XXXVII for the Oakland Raiders

Additionally, the marching band was selected to perform in the 56th Presidential Inaugural Parade in 2009.