Tuesday, January 20, 2009


On a freezing cold January day in Washington DC Barack Obama took the oath of office from Chief Justice Roberts today at the US Capitol to become the 44th President of the United States in front of a huge crowd of one million Americans.

Barack Obama is the living embodiment of the American dream as the 47 year old is the son of a black Kenyan father and a white American mother. He grew up in Hawaii and Indonesia and worked as a community worker before studying to be a lawyer and academic and became the Senator for Illinois in 2004. President Obama faces enormous economic and political challanges. He has already shown a sure touch in appointing strong candidates to key jobs, including former political opponents like Hillary Clinton as his Secretary of State. She will have to deal with the Middle East crisis and the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, which will keep her very busy.

Obama's election is important for the free world, as he wants to restore America's role as a benign world leader and has a far more international outlook than most previous US Presidents. Obama is a thoughtful intellectual, rare in a politician and a complete contrast to George Bush, who often found it hard to string a sentence togethe and was very unpopular in recent years.

In his Inauguration speech President Obama called on all Americans to accept personal responsibility for trying to solve the challenging tasks confronting the nation, and he reached out to the world saying "And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born, know that America is a friend of each nation and every, man, woman and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity and we are ready to lead once more".

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