Barack Obama has officially been sworn in as the nation's 44th president, and is the first African-American to hold that post. He took the oath of office from Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. with the same Bible used by Abraham Lincoln at his swearing-in ceremony.
In his inaugural speech, he mentioned the same promises that he had made during his campaign. The new president pledged to rebuild the country's infrastructure and to reform health care. He also promised to improve the educational system.
President Obama also reminded his fellow Americans that there is hope that the recession that is currently gripping the country will not last forever, but that recovery will take time. Americans need to be prepared for the process to take years, not simply months. Obama will be setting a new course with his administration's policies to "remake America."