Barack Obama is president

On historic day, the United States embraces its first African-American president.

By Katharine Mieszkowski

Published January 20, 2009 4:35PM (EST)

Before a crowd estimated at more than 2 million, Barack Hussein Obama became the 44th president of the United States of America today.


Katharine Mieszkowski

Katharine Mieszkowski is a senior writer for Salon.

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