On January 20, 2009, millions were transfixed and a nation was transformed when Barack Hussein Obama was sworn in as the forty-fourth president of the United States. The image of the first African-American president, taking the oath of office with this wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha by his side, is one of the most powerful moments in American history.
From the time the Obamas entered the national stage, Essence has documented their story, providing exclusive coverage of the incredible sojourn of the Obamas', from his announcement as a candidate for president on February 10, 2007, to this stunning victory on November 4, 2008, to his inauguration.
In our expanded edition of The Obamas: Portrait of America's New First Family, Essence editors have compiled exclusive images of this historic moment, including those of the record-breaking crowds and the President and First Lady's first official dance. In addition to photography, we feature insightful writing from some of the nation's best journalists, including Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Gwen Ifill and Isabel Wilkerson, who skillfully chart the Obamas' unshakable path to power and their unparalleled connection to Essence readers. This expanded keepsake hardcover highlights many of the President's definitive speeches, such as his powerful and historic inaugural address.
The special inauguration edition of The Obamas: Portrait of America's New First Family will stir memories of one of the most unprecedented events in our lifetime that will remain unmatched now and for generations to come.