By Kaitlyn Fox
— 1/20/09
million people flocked to Washington D.C. to witness the inauguration
of our nation’s first black president. Spectators of all races and
backgrounds cheered as Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President
of the United States. Although many doubted Obama would make it to the
White House, this moment was a testament to the struggles and hardships
African Americans have endured.

In his inaugural address, Barack
Obama described his achievement as “This is the meaning of our liberty
and creed-why men and women and children of every race and every faith
can join in celebration across this magnificent mall, and why a man
whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a
local restaurant can now stand before you to take this most sacred

he swore to uphold the Constitution, Obama recognized the significance
of our American tradition saying “America has carried on not simply
because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because ‘We
the People’ have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and
true to our founding documents.”

He called
on Americans to take advantage of the freedoms and liberties afforded
by the Constitution. He stressed that despite challenges facing
Americans, “all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to
pursue their full measure of happiness.”

On Inauguration
Day, in a moment much bigger than the man himself, Barack Obama
demonstrated the strength of our country’s foundation as he spoke his
first words as President of the United States.