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Inauguration: All Eyes on Washington on Historic Day for USA

Posted on 20 Jan 2009

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Millions of people are gathering in the US capital and millions more around the world are tuning in to see Barack Obama sworn in as America's 44th president - and its first African-American leader.

As dawn broke in a cold Washington DC, crowds were packing into the National Mall to witness Mr. Obama take the oath of office at exactly 12:00 noon EST.

Unprecedented security is in place, with 40,000 security personnel either on duty or stand-by in the city.

Across the US, there is a sense of history being made shared by Americans.