The Inauguration Of Barack Obama

It's on to the inaugural balls for President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.

The dancing caps a historic day in which Obama became America's first black president during a swearing-in and parade attended by more than a million people.

Earlier in the day Obama took power as the nation's first black president with a call for a "new era of responsibility" in America.

With a crowd of more than a million people stretching down the National Mall before him, Obama said in the middle of an economic crisis, the time for standing pat, protecting narrow interests and "putting off unpleasant decisions" has passed.

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Barack Obama has taken the oath of office as the 44th president of the United States.

With a hand on Abraham Lincoln's inaugural bible, and before a crowd stretching across the National Mall toward where Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of his dream of racial equality, the 47-year-old Obama was sworn in as the first black American president by Chief Justice John Roberts.

Roberts told him, "Congratulations, Mr. President."

Obama's wife, Michelle, and young daughters Sasha and Malia looked on. They were joined by people from around the world who gathered in huge numbers in the early morning Washington cold to see history made.

NBC News' special inauguration coverage continues through 4:00 p.m.

CLICK HERE for WITN’s special inauguration section.

CLICK HERE to check out a local teenager's blog from D.C.

The temperature at noon in Washington D.C. is expected to be around 18 degrees.

During the special inaugural coverage, WITN will bring you updates and coverage of the snow storm impacting Eastern Carolina. Watch the bottom of your screen on WITN-TV for closings and delays, as well as on witn.com.


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