Thursday, January 22, 2009

History Thursday 012208



Barack Obama Sworn into Office 2:58
President Barack Obama taking the Oath of Office as the 44th president of the United States, January 20, 2009

More Videos from Voice of America:

Sights and Sounds of the Obama Inauguration - in HD 2:00
Videographers milled with the millions of people in Washington D.C. for the presidential inauguration. They captured the spirit of the occasion in high definition (HD) video

President Obama and Wife Attend Inaugural Balls 2:44
Following President Barack Obama's historic inauguration Tuesday, he and wife Michelle had a busy first evening attending inaugural balls. Thousands of people also celebrated Mr. Obama's inauguration, both at the ten official balls the First Couple attended and the many unofficial parties held around the city of Washington, DC. Deborah Block has the story.

Massive Crowds Welcome New US President 2:27
Hundreds of thousands of people clogged the streets of Washington D.C. on Tuesday to see the inauguration of the nation's 44th president, Barack Obama. They came from all across the country to listen to the words of a new president and to witness the spectacle of what many say is a new era of hope and change in America. VOA's Mil Arcega reports.

California Students Share Excitement of Obama Inauguration 1:35
People across the United States, like others around the world, watched the inauguration of President Obama on television. Among them were many students and young people. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan was at California State University in Los Angeles where he taped the reactions of students there.

Howard Univ Marching Band Hits the Big Time - HD 3:59
A record-breaking 1,400 marching bands from around the nation applied to perform at Tuesday's Presidential inaugural parade. Among the more than 80 bands selected is Howard University's "Show Time" marching band. The band, which represents one of the most prestigious African American universities, is known for its theatrical choreography and flashy style. Chung-wei Hsu prepared this report narrated by Bill Rodgers on Show Time's moment in history -- in high definition.

NYC Times Square Reacts to Inauguration Ceremony 2:05
Watching the crowds watching the Inauguration of President Obama can be a rewarding experience. Join the crowd and hear the thoughts of some of the thousands of participants

Obama Sworn-In as US President -- a VOA report 2:30
Barack Obama is now the president of the United States. VOA White House correspondent Paula Wolfson reports more than a million people -- from all over the country -- gathered on a cold January day to witness his swearing-in.

Inauguration Day - HD Timelapse of the U.S. Capitol 0:52
A YouTube exclusive video -- high definition (HD) video showing the U.S Capitol from sunup to mid-afternoon on Inauguration Day in Washington D.C. -- including the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States

We the People 1:31
People from all over the United States came to Washington's National Mall, enduring the freezing winter cold as they waited for hours to hear and see Barack Obama inaugurated as the 44th president of the United States. Reporter Zulima was out on the National Mall talking to people, and produced this report.

DC Subway Strains From Inaugural Crowd 1:42
Washington D.C.'s subway system - called Metro - was pressed to the limit on Inauguration Day. Riders began streaming into the system eight hours before Barack Obama was sworn in as America's 44th president, and subway stations close to the Capitol were near paralysis. After the inauguration, Metro was overwhelmed again as the huge crowds sought to leave the National Mall.

US Inaugural is Tradition-Filled Ceremony 2:29
What we are about to witness is a carefully choreographed ceremony, almost none of it proscribed by law. Every element in the inaugural, except for the actual oath of office, has become tradition after an earlier president first established a precedent. VOA's Jim Fry reports, dating back to George Washington, U.S. presidents had to invent the inaugural ceremony

Over a Million to Witness Inauguration of President Barack Obama 1:55
People from all over the United States are in Washington, DC, to witness the swearing-in of the country's next president. Barack Obama is making history as the first African American to assume the office. But, as VOA's Carolyn Presutti reports, people are braving cold and heavy security for many personal reasons.

Aviation Pioneer Attending Obama Inauguration 3:04
When Barack Obama takes the oath of office Tuesday, January 20th to become the first African American U.S. President, an aviation pioneer will be watching. Washington, DC resident Curtis Robinson, one of the nation's first black fighter pilots, will be seated in a place of honor at the event. VOA's David Byrd visited with the Tuskegee Airman at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Udvar Hazy Center.

Obama Speaks at Start of Inaugural Celebrations 2:12
Four days of celebrations and festivities surrounding the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama have begun in Washington with an open-air concert at the Lincoln Memorial. VOA's Michael Bowman reports.

From Slavery to Segregation to the Presidency 3:05
For older African-Americans who experienced the dark era of racial segregation in America, the election of Barack Obama represents an achievement that many did not even dare dream of. VOA's Siri Nyrop visited a church here in Washington where parishioners are celebrating the end of a very long journey.

NYC "Steppers" Marching Band in Inaugural Parade 3:24
Tuesday's Inaugural Parade will have a line-up of more than 80 bands, chosen from more than 1400 applicants around the country. Among the first to march down Pennsylvania Avenue will be the Brooklyn "Steppers" Marching Band, made up of young people from New York City. In the weeks since they learned they'd been chosen, the Brooklyn school children and teens have been rehearsing in every free moment, and with their parents, raising money for their trip to Washington. VOA's Carolyn Weaver has more.

Obama: 'Fit' for Command 1:49
U.S. President-elect Barack Obama enters office with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a troubled U.S. economy and continuing crisis in the Middle East. Despite the heavy workload, Mr. Obama says he intends to keep himself physically fit. From Washington, VOA's Sean Maroney reports Mr. Obama is hoping to keep playing a sport he loves -- basketball.

DC Public Transit Braces For Inauguration Crush 2:51
The inauguration of Barack Obama on January 20th is expected to draw huge numbers of people, perhaps setting a record for a presidential swearing-in. Estimates range as high as three million, but even half that number would be the largest crowd in inauguration history. The Washington, D.C. transit system, called Metro, will be the prime people-mover on Tuesday. But as VOA's Jeffrey Young reports, Metro may be inundated to the breaking point.

Obama, Biden Take Historic Train Tour to Washington 1:51
U.S. President-elect Barack Obama and his family have arrived in Washington for Tuesday's inauguration. As VOA's Kent Klein reports, Saturday's day-long train trip, stopping in four cities, was the final leg of Mr. Obama's nearly two-year journey to the White House.

A Walking Tour of the Inauguration 4:24
Correspondent Jim Malone walks you through the major locations of Inauguration Day and provides interesting highlights of previous inaugurations. Barack Obama will be sworn in as the 44th president of the United States and there are traditions to follow on this history-making day.

Inaugural Balls Celebrate New Presidency 2:20
The inauguration of President-Elect Barack Obama is expected to draw millions of people to Washington, D.C., not only to see the new president take the oath of office, but also to party. The inaugural balls are an American tradition, but this year one ball will celebrate the new president in a global way. VOA's Catherine Cannon reports.

Biden, Cheney Approach Vice Presidency Differently 3:16
Moments before Barack Obama takes the oath of office as President of the United States next Tuesday, former Senator Joe Biden will be sworn in as Vice President, succeeding Dick Cheney. As VOA's Kent Klein reports, the outgoing and incoming vice presidents are vastly different, personally, politically, and in their approach to the nation's second-highest job.

Bush Delivers His Farewell Address 2:35
U.S. President George Bush has delivered his farewell address to the nation. VOA's Paula Wolfson reports from the White House that Mr. Bush used the occasion to reflect on the past and look to the future.

First Lady's Role Shaped by Tradition and the Individual 4:04
On January 20, when Barack Obama becomes the 44th president of the United States, his wife, Michelle Obama, will become First Lady. It's not an elected office, but the First Lady can play a significant role in the president's administration as VOA's Susan Logue reports.

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