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** FILE ** Barack Obama takes the oath of office, becoming the 44th president of the United States and the first black person to hold the position on Jan. 20, 2009. He is joined on the Capitol steps by wife Michelle and daughters Malia (second from right) and Sasha. He was sworn in using the Bible from Abraham Lincoln's first inauguration, in 1861. (J.M. Eddins Jr./The Washington Times)

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