Epilogue: 20 January 2009

Carl Pedersen

in Obama's America

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780748638949
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672059 | DOI:
Epilogue: 20 January 2009

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Barack Obama became the forty-fourth president of the United States on January 20, 2009. The preceding three-day weekend was designed as a prelude to the inauguration. The four days, starting the previous Saturday and culminating with his inauguration on the 20th, ushered in the Obama era. Obama's journey to Washington was an abridged version of the one that Abraham Lincoln embarked on from his home in Springfield, Illinois, on February 11, 1861. Obama chose to start his short, but highly visible journey in Philadelphia, where the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress. Stopping in Baltimore, Obama recalled another event in American history that tested the resolve of the new nation, the defence of Baltimore at Fort McHenry against the British in 1814 – an event that produced the national anthem. On the same day Obama took an old-fashioned train ride into the nation's capital, he released a video on YouTube announcing the conversion of his campaign organisation, Obama for America, into Organising for America.

Keywords: Barack Obama; inauguration; Abraham Lincoln; history; United States; Washington; Philadelphia; Baltimore; Fort McHenry; Organising for America

Chapter.  3537 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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