Monthly Archives: January 2009

Inauguration of Barack Obama Audio Slideshow

Inauguration Ceremony of Barack Obama

An attendee at the National Mall celebrates by the Washington Monument during the inauguration ceremony of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States in Washington January 20, 2009. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (UNITED STATES)

An attendee at the National Mall celebrates by the Washington Monument during the inauguration ceremony of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States in Washington January 20, 2009. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (UNITED STATES)

It was an early wake up call for Barack Obama’s inauguration day, and I was assigned to photograph the enormous crowds on the National Mall in Washington. I left the office with New York City based photographer Shannon Stapleton, only to find out the crowds of people would prevent us from entering the National Mall. Even without media accreditation the amount of people trying to gain access to the National Mall became a giant obstacle.

After trying to gain access at all of the entrance points we realized that it may not be possible to get in and do our jobs. Stress levels quickly rose as we realized that our assignment would not be easy, or even possible. We were stuck in the streets with impatient crowds with all of our gear and computers strapped to our shoulders.

I made it just in time for Obama’s speech where people were gathered in front of the Washington Monument watching the speech on large video screens. The people were joyous in smiles and tears and the pictures were plentiful. Luckily the speech ran for about 20 minutes and I was able to do my job and come away with some pictures I am proud of.

A woman cries while she watches Barack Obama's inuaguration in Washington January 20, 2009. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (UNITED STATES)

A woman cries while she watches Barack Obama's inuaguration in Washington January 20, 2009. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (UNITED STATES)

A crowd of people makes its way down a street behind a card that reads "America Wants Change" en route to the inauguration ceremony of U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington, January 20, 2009. Obama became the first African-American president in U.S. history. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (UNITED STATES)

A crowd of people makes its way down a street behind a card that reads "America Wants Change" en route to the inauguration ceremony of U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington, January 20, 2009. Obama became the first African-American president in U.S. history. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (UNITED STATES)

People wave flags for the inauguration ceremony of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States in Washington, January 20, 2009.     REUTERS/Mark Blinch (UNITED STATES)

People wave flags for the inauguration ceremony of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States in Washington, January 20, 2009. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (UNITED STATES)

A young couple embrace at the National Mall during the inauguration ceremony of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States in Washington, January 20, 2009. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (UNITED STATES)

A young couple embrace at the National Mall during the inauguration ceremony of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States in Washington, January 20, 2009. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (UNITED STATES)

Thousands of people are stuck at a checkpoint waiting to gain access to the National Mall to witness Barack Obama’s inauguration.

Thousands of people are stuck at a checkpoint waiting to gain access to the National Mall to witness Barack Obama’s inauguration.

Birds fly over the National Mall as crowds gather under the early morning light for the inauguration ceremony of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States in Washington January 20, 2009.     REUTERS/Mark Blinch (UNITED STATES)

Birds fly over the National Mall as crowds gather under the early morning light for the inauguration ceremony of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States in Washington January 20, 2009. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (UNITED STATES)

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama dance at the Mid-Atlantic Inaugural Ball in Washington January 20, 2009.

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama dance at the Mid-Atlantic Inaugural Ball in Washington January 20, 2009.