Spectators in Times Square watch President Obama take the oath of office on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009 in New York.
In Chicago, Dixon Elementary School students march in a parade around the school as part of celebrations ahead of the inauguration of President Obama; (Right) Student Khaliyah Davis listens to the national anthem.
Sisters Tracie Sanders (left) and Angela Nash cheer as they watch the inauguration of President Obama on TV at the Mellow Yellow restaurant in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, Jan. 20, 2009.
Students and faculty at the Punahou School watch the inauguration on a big screen at the Twigg-Smith Pavilion auditorium in Honolulu. President Obama graduated from Punahou in 1979.
LaVerne Green, 60, a speech teacher in Portland, said her grandfather took her to the March On Washington when she was 13 years old, and told her there would come a day when a black man would be president. Today Green said, "I'm not even touching the ground." Here she watches the inauguration with her cousin Rayray Crain, 11 (right) and fellow student Mikale Carter.
Iowa farmer Morey Hill watches early Inauguration Day ceremonies in his farmstead's kitchen, in Madrid, Iowa. Obama's historic candidacy was first tested in the Iowa caucuses, which he won just over a year ago.
Traders watch the inaugural speech of President Obama on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009. When President George W. Bush took office eight years ago, the Dow Jones Industrials Average was at 10,588; last Friday the Dow closed at 8,281.
James Waisome, 31; Terry Walker, 23; Gino Hays, 21; and Loren Bridges, 28, watch the inauguration at Monty's Place Barber Shop in Akron, Ohio. (Right) Dorothy Sindel, an employee at the Ohio State University Student Health Center in Columbus, wipes away tears as she watches the inauguration at the Hale Black Cultural Center.
Charlotte McConnell (left), Kathleen Brezina (center), and Siki Patterson were among the 1,200 who attended "Breakfast with the President" at Centennial Hall in Juneau, watching the inauguration on a large-screen TV. People brought baskets of everything - from muffins and rolls to quiche and salmon strips - but they ran out of coffee for the standing-room-only crowd.
U.S. Air Force airmen and women, including Chief Master Sgt. Salina James, of Summerville, Ga., watch the inauguration of their new commander-in-chief at McChord Air Force Base in Washington.
50 Years After Katz Drug Store
As a child Marilyn Hildreth (center) participated in a sit-in at Katz Drug Store in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Aug. 19, 1958 to protest segregation at its lunch counter; by 1964, Katz was serving patrons of all races. Today Hildreth reacted as Barack Obama is sworn into the office of President, watching the ceremonies from the NAACP Freedom Center in Oklahoma City.
At the Sundance Film Festival, a crowd gathers on Main Street during the televised inauguration of Barack Obama, in Park City, Utah, Jan. 20, 2009. Among the spectators were Daniel and Taline Dinenberg (right).
Travelers at Chicago's O'Hare Airport watch President Obama's inaugural address on a waiting area television -- except for one.
In Selma, Ala., Sherry Mitchell (left) and Carolyn Bates lead a small group of marchers across the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge, where civil rights marchers were beaten by State Troopers while trying to cross the bridge in 1963. The group held a prayer and short march just prior to the inauguration of President Obama.
Among the faces bearing witness to history: Parks McKinney in Portland, Maine; Dortha Herndon, 100, in Nicodemus, Kas., a farming community settled by former slaves after the Civil War; Leah Sawyer, 7, of Weatherford, Texas; California State University-San Bernardino student Frank Becerra of Rialto, Calif.; and Michael L. Taylor, at the Northwest African American Museum in Seattle.
Spectators wave flags and cheer as they watch the inauguration of President Barack Obama on a giant television screen outside the New York Stock Exchange, Jan. 20, 2009.
Among the countless venues where crowds watched the inauguration: (clockwise from top left) Crested Butte Community School in Crested Butte, Colo.; the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich.; Eso Won Bookstore in Los Angeles; and the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Va.
State Representative Mike Huckleberry talks on his phone while waiting to watch Obama's inauguration, at his Greenville, Mich., restaurant. Huckleberry is a Democratic representative in a largely Republican area that has mixed opinions over the new president.