U.S. Presidential Election 2008
News Archive January 2009

January 22, 2009
Obama takes oath again, faithfully this time
A day after he and Chief Justice John Roberts stumbled over the words, Obama decides to do it over to remove any doubt about the legitimacy of his presidency.

Reporting from Washington -- President Obama took the oath of office Tuesday outside the Capitol, as millions watched in person and on TV. He took it again Wednesday night -- this time in the privacy of the White House, with only a few aides and reporters looking on. Read more
Obama sworn in as 44th president
Barack Obama, swearing an oath to preserve and protect the Constitution, became the nation's 44th president at noon today in a solemn ceremony almost as old as the nation itself.

At that moment a roar rose up from more than 1 million spectators who had jammed on the mall for two miles west of the capitol. The U.S. Marine Band struck up Hail to the Chief and cannons boomed a 21-gun salute to the first African American president. Read more

January 19, 2009
Obama sets off on train ride to Washington
President-elect Barack Obama, delivering a pledge "to take up the work'' that the patriots of American independence started here, launched a thematic train ride that will deliver the incoming president to Washington Watch video / Read more

January 13, 2009
Obama warns Democrats of veto over bailout funds
Tested before taking power, President-elect Barack Obama privately delivered a pre-inauguration veto threat to fellow Democrats on Tuesday, saying they would not deny him use of the remaining $350 billion in federal bailout funds.
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January 8, 2009
President-Elect Thanks the Ex-Presidents for Their Counsel
President-elect Barack Obama's press secretary Robert Gibbs issued a statement on the lunch meeting between Obama and four presidents, which The Post's Dan Eggen covers here. Read more
January 6, 2009
Obama predicts $1 trillion deficit 'for years to come'
President-elect Barack Obama warned Tuesday that the nation could face "trillion-dollar deficits for years to come" but vowed to pursue long-term budget changes as he presses for immediate new spending and tax cuts to jump-start the struggling economy. Read more
January 4, 2009
Obama arrives in DC area 2 weeks before inaugural
President-elect Barack Obama landed in the Washington area Sunday evening, setting up the final march toward his Jan. 20 inauguration. Read more