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President Barack Obama, The 44th President of the United States

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WASHINTON, D.C.-- Even before his swearing in, President Barack Obama rewrote history again, as he and First Lady Michelle Obama went to church, and later, as the Obamas went to the White House.

A gigantic crowd was gathering, filling the National Mall.

Police called it the largest crowd to ever gather in Washington, maybe 2 million people.

"And will to the best of my ability preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. So help me God," said President Barack Obama.

A nation elated but in trouble, in his inaugural address, the new President cited two wars, the economy, and global warming.

"Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America - they will be met," said Obama.

To US enemies, he delivered tough talk

"Our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken, you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you," said Obama.

To fellow Americans, he delivered tough love.

"Starting Today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America," said Obama.

With a shake, and a hug, and a wave, the guard changed. George W. Bush is gone.

Congress met to celebrate but the upbeat lunch was spoiled. Senator Ted Kennedy, fighting brain cancer suffered a seizure.

"Right now a part of me is with him," said Obama.

Security was tight, but that didn't stop the traditional walk. Barack Obama, is now the 44th President of the United States.