Obama to become 44th president
WASHINGTON – History will be made today as Barack Obama is sworn in as the United State’s first African-American president.
Obama, who will be the nation’s 44th president, made a speech to a crowd of several hundred thousand people at a celebration concert at the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday. The celebration included several musical acts and speeches from several actors, celebrities and finally Obama himself.
“I am asking you to make a lasting commitment to make better lives of your fellow Americans - a commitment that must endure beyond one day, or even one presidency,” he said. “At this moment of great challenge and great change, I am asking you to play your part; to roll up your sleeves in the reworking of this nation.”
While several famous musical acts played at the Lincoln Memorial, the mammoth crowd milled around just seeming to soak in the atmosphere. However, when came time for Obama to speak, their attention was completely undivided.
Yesterday was the federal holiday commemorating the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. Obama asked that the nation honor King’s legacy by making a renewed commitment to service.
Sundays event capped off a weekend celebration which began Saturday with Obama’s whistle-stop tour, from Philadelphia to Washington - the same path Abraham Lincoln took in 1861.