Barack Obama sworn 44th President of the United States | National Public Radio Live Coverage | Listen to Inauguration Speech


For our global listeners, we present a recording of the live NPR (National Public Radio) coverage of the event, covering the Inauguration Parade, and including playbacks of President Obama's Inauguration Speech.

January 20, 2009. A cloudy and cold day in Washington DC, with temperatures hovering in the low 30 degrees (Fahrenheit). Barack Obama stood before a massive crowd unseen in any Presidential Inauguration before. Chief Justice John Roberts swore in President-elect Barack Obama as President of the United States. Separated by a Bible used by Abraham Lincoln at his first inaugural, Roberts asked Obama: "Are you prepared to take the oath senator?"

Obama indicated he was, and Roberts started reciting — and Obama repeating — the 35-word oath that is prescribed by the Constitution.

To attribute adjectives like "historic", "landmark" etc. would be a futile exercise in re-stating the obvious, so we will refrain.

We also present a video, courtesy Youtube, of President Obama's Oath Taking ceremony and his inauguration speech soon after:

Obama: It's time to remake America

Barack Hussein Obama II (pronounced /bəˈrɑːk hʊˈseɪn oʊˈbɑːmə/; born August 4, 1961) is the forty-fourth and current President of the United States of America. He is the first African American to hold the office. Obama was the junior United States Senator from Illinois from January 3, 2005 until his resignation on November 16, 2008, following his election to the presidency. Barack Obama was sworn in today - January 20, 2009 - in an inaugural ceremony as the 44th president of the United States, at the United States Capitol. Obama acknowledged in his inaugural address that the nation is in crisis, but said America remains the most powerful nation on Earth. "Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America," he said. full story on>