Stepping into history as America’s first black president, Barack Hussein Obama said in his inaugural address Tuesday that the nation must choose “hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord” to overcome the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.
Text of President Barack Obama’s inaugural address on Tuesday, as prepared for delivery and released by the Presidential Inaugural Committee.
Inauguration Day 2009
The sights and sounds of a nation as a new president is sworn in.
Obama takes presidential oath
Joe Biden has been sworn in as the 47th vice president of the United States.
- More than a million turn out for inauguration, parade January 20, 2009
- Police begin to turn away spectators from parade route January 20, 2009
- Obama says he's taking oath of office in 'midst of crisis' January 20, 2009
- Obama tells crowd that we 'must choose hope over fear' January 20, 2009