January 20th, 2009
12:05 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama becomes U.S. president

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Barack Obama became the 44th president of the United States at 12 p.m. ET Tuesday. He is the nation's first African-American chief executive.


Filed under: Inauguration
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Bea Rouse / TX

    America is in Good Hands now-Thank God for Obama, Biden, and the millions who helped to make this day the greatest inauguration since George Washington was sworn in.

    January 20, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. Houston Texas

    God help us all

    January 20, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  3. Dennis Palalay

    What happened? No National Anthem?

    January 20, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  4. jonathan

    why did wolf blitzer talk over the john williams piece. it was so disrespectful.

    January 20, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  5. Ashley

    So happy to call him my president!

    January 20, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  6. Seanie

    Wow!!! What a country I live in. I am very proud America.
    God Bless You President Obama and Vice President Biden.

    January 20, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  7. Harrison L. Michelson

    We finally have broken a barrier!

    January 20, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. DrFrann in CA

    This is a glorious day!

    January 20, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  9. Zakia Ahmadzai

    Each of us have music inside of us. We all possess a special and unique music that is no one else's but ourselves. For years, Black Americans were not given that chance to sing their music and they had to sing it behind iron cast doors. Many died with their music inside of them. Now, this day, African Americans and all Americans can rejoice and know that they can sing their music and let their stories be told. Peace and Love on Earth.

    January 20, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. TAWANNA TARVIN

    WHAT A BLESSING!!! I AM SO HAPPY AND THANKFUL TO GOD FOR GIVING OUR NATION SUCH AN AMAZING GIFT AND THAT GIFT IS PRESIDENT OBAMA. THE EXPERIENCE IS SO INSPIRING, SO AMAZING. DREAMS REALLY DO COME TRUE!!!!

    January 20, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  11. Desiree

    I could not help but notice that Wolf Blitzer refuse to call President Obama; President Obama. He refers to him as he, him, or Barack Obama. As a matter of fact the entire team kept referring to former President Bush as President. "NO RESPECT" THEY ARE IN DENIAL. BUT GUESS WHAT? President Barack Obama is still President of the United States of America.

    January 20, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  12. Dawn

    I can now honestly say that I am Proud To Be An American!

    I'm so happy to see people from so many diverse backgrounds, races and religion come together for the common good of our country and making this a reality. Our futures and those of our children will be better for it. Thank God, thank America and thank you Barack Obama for seeing the vision and stepping up to the plate!

    January 20, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  13. Yansy

    Today is a beautiful day, now it's time to get down to business. Time to start putting people back to work, making some products that will benefit our export needs, and bringing our troops home. God Bless "PRESIDENT OBAMA AND VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN"!!!

    January 20, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  14. Maximized Manhood

    This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be exceedingly glad in it.

    January 20, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  15. Accountant Guy

    This is truly amazing!! America loves you Mr. President!!

    January 20, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  16. Sarah

    I am very proud that we have elected such an intelligent person to take control of our country and our people. I have nothing but faith in the man that we now call our President. God bless him and his family.

    January 20, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |