Memories of Obama’s 1st Inauguration

Michelle's gown. Jubilant crowds. The POTUS on parade. Aretha's hat! Remember these 2009 images?

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    Vice President Joe Biden, President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush put their hands on their hearts during Obama’s swearing-in ceremony in front of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2009.

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    The youngest Obamas, Malia and Sasha, take it all in at their father’s swearing-in ceremony.

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    Former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, then the designate secretary of state, attend the inauguration.

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    The Rev. Jesse Jackson shakes hands with a well-wisher after arriving at the Capitol.

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    Aretha Franklin’s hat almost showed up her famous voice when she sang the national anthem.

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    People celebrate at the Washington Monument as Barack Obama takes the oath of office.

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    The new first family steps out of the White House to watch the inaugural parade from a reviewing stand set up in front of the White House.

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    The Obamas walk along Pennsylvania Avenue during the parade after Obama’s inauguration.

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    Paraders wave a prophetic health care sign as the president and first lady look on.

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    Beyoncé sings Etta James’ “At Last” for Barack and Michelle Obama’s first dance at the Neighborhood Ball.

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    The first couple dances at the Obama Home States Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center.

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    Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, attend the Southern Inaugural Ball.

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    The Obamas made appearances at several balls on their big night. Here they make a grand entrance at the Midatlantic Regional Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center.

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    The inaugural ball wasn’t all glamorous — the brand-new POTUS and FLOTUS were shuttled around on a golf cart in their eveningwear.