Barack Obama Sworn In as 44th President
By Dialogo January 22, 2009Barack Obama was sworn in as U.S. president with an appeal to Americans to work together to overcome the challenges of the nation in a time of economic crisis and two wars. The new president spoke to a crowd of more than one million people at the National Mall in Washington, Tuesday, having sworn in as the forty-fourth President of the United States. Obama said the country faces an economic crisis caused by greed and collective inability to make tough decisions. The new president said that the state of the economy requires a swift and bold action to create new jobs and the basis for further growth. With regard to foreign policy, Obama promised that the U.S. is ready to lead again and cooperate with the world. Obama promised to leave Iraq responsibly and build peace in Afghanistan. Obama said the United States seeks a new way forward in the Muslim world based on mutual interest and respect and pledged to work together with the peoples of poor nations for their improvement. Obama, a Democrat, is the first African American president and ended eight years of Republican control in the White House under the presidency of George W. Bush.