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.
The youngest Obamas, Malia and Sasha, take it all in at their father's swearing-in ceremony.
Former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, then the designate secretary of state, attend the inauguration.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson shakes hands with a well-wisher after arriving at the Capitol.
Aretha Franklin's hat almost showed up her famous voice when she sang the national anthem.
People celebrate at the Washington Monument as Barack Obama takes the oath of office.
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.
The Obamas walk along Pennsylvania Avenue during the parade after Obama's inauguration.
Paraders wave a prophetic health care sign as the president and first lady look on.
Beyoncé sings Etta James' "At Last" for Barack and Michelle Obama's first dance at the Neighborhood Ball.
The first couple dances at the Obama Home States Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center.
Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, attend the Southern Inaugural Ball.
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.
The inaugural ball wasn't all glamorous — the brand-new POTUS and FLOTUS were shuttled around on a golf cart in their eveningwear.