Obama Inauguration

  • Did Beyonce lipsync the US national anthem? January 23, 2013

    Washington: Never mind President Barack Obama's inauguration address or what Michelle Obama was wearing at the ball. Was Beyonce lipsynching the US national anthem on Monday, or wasn't she? The Grammywinning singer remained silent on Tuesday amid a media storm over whether she was lipsynching, singing over her own prerecorded...
  • US: Obama to celebrate second term with oaths, parade January 20, 2013

    Washington: President Barack Obama will take the oath of office for the third, fourth and final time this weekend during an inauguration celebration that kicks off his second term in a more muted tone than his historic swearingin four years ago. High unemployment and partisan fights over fiscal policies have drained...
  • Ex-envoy to UN is new US envoy to Pak-Afghanistan January 22, 2009

    Washington: Richard Holbrook, the former US Ambassador to UN is likely to be appointed envoy to Pakistan, Afghanistan and related matters by the new Obama administration after Hillary Clinton was sworn in as the Secretary of State earlier on Thursday. The former Senate Majority Leader, George Mitchell, is likely to be...
  • Folks smitten with seeing the Obamas in love January 22, 2009

    New York: Pictures of the first couple's dances at the inaugural balls have been splashed all across newspapers. The lovey-dovey Obamas are melting hearts with their public displays of affection. ...
  • Michelle Obama's yellow dress makes her a style icon January 22, 2009

    New York: When millions waited to get a glimpse of now President Obama, the world was also watching the First Lady Michelle Obama. And when Michelle emerged, the fashion world applauded. She chose to wore a non-traditional yellow with wool lace by American designer Isabel Toledo. "It was a dream...
  • Formalities over, Obama sets to tackle challenges January 22, 2009

    Washington: Formal confirmations done, the new Obama administration now stares at some big challenges. Here is a look at what is on the President's agenda. ...
  • How Obama fumbled at the most watched oath January 22, 2009

    Washington: The newly elected US President Barack Obama had enjoyed a near picture perfect win in US elections, only to follow it up with the fumble on the picture perfect inaugural ceremony On January 20. Well, almost perfect- after all the great speeches the US President has given- he fumbled...
  • US troops in Iraq, Afghanistan cheer on Obama January 21, 2009

    Kabul: On the outskirts of the Afghan capital, about 100 US troops filled a brightly-lit canteen on Tuesday (January 20), to witness the inauguration of Barack Obama, who inherits a tough fight in Afghanistan. As the newly sworn-in 44th US president pledged to "forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan", the...
  • Americans in London celebrate as Obama takes oath January 21, 2009

    The Hard Rock cafe in London became a party spot on Tuesday. ...
  • Crowd cheers as Obama family becomes the First Family January 21, 2009

    New Delhi: It was a speech that moved billions, Obama's entire inauguration ceremony was an emotional journey from tears to cheers. The boisterous crowd, which booed when outgoing US President George W Bush stepped onto stage fell briefly silent the moment Obama took oath. Then it exploded with loud cheers and...
  • Protesters ask Obama to stop Pak threat against India January 21, 2009

    Washington: Amidst all the jubilation surrounding Barack Obama's inauguration, there were some protesters too, with one group asking the new president to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons and Pakistan's threat against India. Protesters from the Coalition for Peace, consisting of some Jewish, Hindu and Christian organisations, hung signs along a...
  • US President Obama orders halt to Guantanamo trials January 21, 2009

    Guantanamo Bay US Naval Base (Cuba): Hours after taking office on Tuesday, US President Barack Obama ordered military prosecutors in the Guantanamo war crimes tribunals to ask for a 120-day halt in all pending cases. Military judges were expected to rule on the request on Wednesday at the US naval base...
  • Watch: Obama makes headline news across the globe January 21, 2009

    Obama's historical inauguration has naturally become a headline splashed across newspapers around the world. ...
  • In pics: Ball dance | Obama's inauguration | Bye Bush January 21, 2009

    Barack Obama took power as the first black US president on Tuesday. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama began their tour of inaugural balls on Tuesday night. The first couple Barack Obama and wife Michelle Obama started with their first dance at the neighbourhood ball, which was the...
  • Obama's main challenges: Economy, war on terror February 11, 2009

    Washington: As Barack Obama took oath as the 44th President of the United States of America, there was a sense that change was finally here. And throughout Obama's inaugural speech, the focus was the remaking of America. It was a historic moment on Tuesday as America's first black president took his...
  • Obama to discuss war issues on first day in office January 21, 2009

    Washington: On the very first day in office, US President Barack Obama will discuss war issues with his national security aides and senior commanders on Wednesday. According to the reports, the new commander in chief was summoning Defence Secretary Robert Gates and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike...
  • President Obama pledges to 'remake America' January 21, 2009

    Washington: Barack Obama took power as the first black US President on Tuesday and quickly turned the page on the Bush years, urging Americans to rally to end the worst economic crisis in generations and repair the US image abroad. "Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and...
  • Obama becomes Prez, US stocks crash on bank woes January 21, 2009

    New York: Global stocks plunged and bond prices fell on Tuesday as fears about a deep recession and a battered financial sector gave President Barack Obama a sobering welcome on his first day in office. The benchmark S&P 500 and Nasdaq market both fell more than five per cent as equity...
  • Obama's plan: Get down to business right away January 21, 2009

    Washington: After the inaugural address was over and Barack Obama made his way to the White House, CNN learned that the new US President is planning to head right into the Oval Office before even sitting down in the reviewing stand to watch the rest of the parade. Aides say he...
  • Joe Biden sworn in as 47th Vice President of US January 21, 2009

    Washington: Joe Biden, whose foreign policy expertise, Washington savvy and personal style earned him Barack Obama's trust and faith, was sworn in on Tuesday as the 47th Vice President of the United States. With the world watching, Biden raised his right hand and took his oath of office from John...
  • Online and on time! Web beats Obama to White House January 21, 2009

    San Francisco: The inauguration of US President Barack Obama was greeted by an instantaneous avalanche of chatter and commentary on the Internet. But the web team of the new leader was not far behind. In fact, by many measures, it beat not only the bloggers but also the president himself. At precisely...
  • US Senate confirms 6 cabinet secretaries January 21, 2009

    Washington: The Democratic-led US Senate began confirming new President Barack Obama's Cabinet on Tuesday, but it put off until Wednesday a vote on the designee for secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton. In a single unanimous vote, the Senate confirmed Steven Chu as energy secretary, Tom Vilsack as agriculture secretary,...
  • Obama: Good for change or a change for good? January 21, 2009

    Washington: History surely will remember President Barack Obama as the first African-American to sit in the White House. But success in his term will depend on his accomplishments rather than on the color of his skin. He takes office with friendlier majorities in Congress than any chief executive since Lyndon Johnson...
  • Senators Byrd, Kennedy collapse at Obama luncheon January 21, 2009

    Washington: US Senator Ted Kennedy, who had a brain tumor removed last year, collapsed at a luncheon in honour for President Obama. And he was not the only one. Senator Robert Byrd too collapsed. Both had to be rushed away from the inauguration luncheon. A Capitol police officer stood up at...
  • Bush choppers out, waved off by Obamas January 21, 2009

    Washington: Ending a tumultuous eight years in office, former president George W. Bush boarded a helicopter behind Capitol Hill Tuesday to depart from Washington and return to civilian life. Newly sworn US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, along with Vice President Joe Biden and wife Jill, bid goodbye to...
  • Obama, rivals feast on American birds January 21, 2009

    Washington: Democrat and Republican rivals feasted on “American birds” in a traditional last friendly act on Tuesday at the close of Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration. The luncheon menu for Obama and Congress members at the Statuory Hall in the Capitol was a three-course fare: it began with a seafood stew, followed...
  • Full Text: Obama speaks his way into history, hearts January 21, 2009

    Here’s the full text of Barack Obama’s speech. My fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and...
  • Prez Obama to discuss recall of US troops from Iraq January 21, 2009

    Washington: Barack Obama will meet top defence and military officials on Wednesday for the first time as President to discuss the possibility of accelerating the drawdown of US troops from Iraq, officials said. During his inaugural address at the swearing-in as the 44th President of the US, Obama had vowed the...
  • Obama speech: America now a plural nation January 20, 2009

    Washington: The increasing strength of Hindus in the US received its recognition as US President Barack Obama on Wednesday said from the inaugural podium that America is now a nation of "Christians, Muslims, Jews and Hindus". "For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are...
  • Two stumbles... and Obama is Prez | Web beats Obama January 21, 2009

    Washington: Barack Hussein Obama became the 44th President of the US on Tuesday, but not before two stumbles on the way. As Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. asked Obama if he was ready to take the oath, the president-elect replied in the affirmative. But then he stumbled twice – beginning with the...