President Obama Takes Office

Chief justice swears in US' first black president
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2009 11:05 AM CST

(Newser) – Barack Obama is the 44th president of the United States. In front of record crowds and with his hand on the Bible used by Abraham Lincoln, Obama took the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts. The new president swore: “I will faithfully execute the office of president of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the constitution of the United States, so help me God.”