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Date published: 2009/01/20

The BBC says:

New US President Barack Obama has used his inaugural address to pledge a "new era of responsibility" in a time of crisis at home and abroad.

Mr Obama spoke after taking the oath of office as America's 44th president - and its first African-American leader.

More than one million people gathered in the National Mall in a wintry Washington DC, to see Mr Obama take the oath shortly after 1200 (1700 GMT).

One the one hand Obama has a low bar for achievement because of the utter awfulness of the Bush administration. On the other hand, the utter awfulness of the Bush administration means that there is a hell of a mess to clean up.

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