President Obama addresses the crowd at the Capitol after taking the oath. Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States at the West Front of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. on 20 January. Obama was the first African-American in the country's history to hold the office.
In his bid for the US Democratic Party presidential candidacy Senator Barack Obama broke all fundraising records, largely by harnessing support from smaller donors via the internet. Obama clinched the Democratic nomination in June, and was elected 44th President of the US on 4 November, the first African American to hold the post.