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Faces In the Inauguration Day Crowd

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Tuesday, January 20, 2009, at 04:11PM
Ed Fuentes

Taking a photo to mark the day Barack Obama was sworn in as President of the United States.

Tuesday, January 20, will be noted as a day filled with history and symbolism, but it was also part national rock concert and spiritual revival. Those supporters who made a Downtown Los Angeles pilgrimage held their own at L.A. Live’s Nokia Plaza. The crowd that began gathering as early as 4:30am, was ready to wave its flags and cheer.

As soon as the first images of Barack Obama appeared––a silhouette of a President Elect waiting in the White House hallway––the cheers at L.A. Live began. They stopped only when he placed his hand a bible used by Lincoln to swear-in.

The day brings cultural change, and not just the obvious one.

The first African-American President used twitter and embraced street art to bring forth his message of hope, and the masses followed him up to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and on monitors around the world.

You can say he used popaganda.

The faces at L.A. Live's Nokia Plaza tell the story of the day Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States.


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