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44th president of the United States, Barack Obama

Photo: Chip Somodevilla/ZUMA Press

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Inauguration day

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball on Jan. 20 in Washington, D.C. Earlier that day, Obama became the 44th president and the first African-American to be elected to the top office of the United States.