Rep. Keith Ellison shares Obama's optimism for the future Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison was ringside for President Barack Obama's historic inauguration in Washington D.C. He talked to Tom Crann by phone about what he thought of Obama's address, the inauguration and what the future holds for the nation under an Obama presidency.4:48 p.m.
What's next for the Democratic party? For the first time since 1994, Democrats now control both houses of Congress and the White House. With the party's domination of Washington also comes responsibility.4:53 p.m.
Celebrating the inauguration in Minnesota
MPR's Nikki Tundel highlights some inauguration celebrations around the Twin Cities5:19 p.m.
St. Paul elementary students react to Obama inauguration
MPR's Tom Crann talks to Highwood Hills Elementary first-grade teacher Ann Uzendoski about the reaction in her classroom today.5:23 p.m.
Nursing homes on the brink of budget disaster In the next installment of our series, The State Budget in Your Backyard, we look at how potential state budget cuts could affect nursing home residents in White Bear Lake.6:21 p.m.
Fergus Falls Marching Band director reflects on performing in the inaugural parade
MPR's Tom Crann talks to the director of the Fergus Falls Marching Band, Scott Kummrow about the performance and his students' reactions.6:27 p.m.
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Obama Sworn In As 44th President
Barack Hussein Obama has been sworn into office as the 44th president of the United States. A crowd that stretched for more than 2 miles on the National Mall came to listen and watch Obama.
President, First Lady Walk Part Of Parade Route
President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, hopped out of the presidential motorcade and walked a block or two along the parade route much to the delight of the crowd. The mood along the route was celebratory and the crowd included families, young people and people of color.
Witnesses To History Reflect On Day
One man from South Carolina calls President Barack Obama's inauguration a "great day." Another from St. Louis says he came to Washington for his grandmother and great-grandfather who never thought they would see an African-American become president. A former Hillary Clinton supporter calls Obama's speech "wonderful" and a Republican says it was "beautiful."
Kennedy, Byrd Taken From Inaugural Luncheon
Sen. Ted Kennedy became ill at a post-inauguration luncheon for President Barack Obama and was taken by ambulance to a hospital. Kennedy is battling a brain tumor. Meanwhile, 91-year-old Sen. Robert Byrd was also taken from the luncheon, but his staff say he is not ill.
Tickets To Inauguration No Guarantee Of Spot
Those who had tickets to the inauguration for the coveted spots up close were supposed to be guaranteed a spot. But by midmorning, the crowding was so intense that thousands of ticket holders were turned away.
Republican Weighs In On Obama Speech
Republican media consultant Mike Murphy says President Barack Obama has more political power than any recent president. He calls Obama's speech impressive, noting that it reinforces themes the president ran on. He says the speech united the country behind a common purpose.
Obama Vows To Tackle Challenges
Barack Obama has been sworn in as the 44th president of the United States. In his speech, the new president acknowledged that the country faced many challenges, but said he was confident they would be met. He also promised a new start with the Muslim world.
Reflecting On Historic Day
Robert Siegel says President Barack Obama's speech was one crafted for hard times. Melissa Block says people in the crowd seemed very interested in listening to what Obama had to say, and they thought the tone of his speech was appropriate.
Obama's Day Begins With Church Service
President Barack Obama started his day by attending a service at St. John Episcopal Church, a block from the White House. Following that, he met with President Bush at the White House. After his inauguration, Obama had lunch with congressional leaders and made his way in a motorcade to his new home.
Crowds Share Hopes For Obama Administration
People on the National Mall braved the cold to watch President Barack Obama being sworn in. They talk about their hopes for the new administration, and also about being realistic about how much can be accomplished.