Obama Stands on the Cusp of History

January 19, 2009 6:03:37 PM PST
All eyes are on the nation's capital, where Barack Obama will be sworn-in as the 44th President of the United States at noon Tuesday. The excitement is already building on the National Mall, where nearly two million people are expected to witness the inauguration of America's first African-American president.

"I don't want to cry. I am so excited because this is a time I never thought would happen in my lifetime," said Phyllis Mathews from Atlanta, GA.

"Everyone's really excited and the mood's really upbeat," said Chris Hahn from Denver CO.

The man of the moment spent Monday lending a hand to various community projects around Washington, D.C. as part of his call for Americans to celebrate Martin Luther King Day by volunteering. "If we're waiting for somebody else to do something, it never gets done. We're going to have to take responsibility, all of us," said Obama.

This theme "an era of responsibility" will be echoed during Obama's 15 - 20 minute inauguration address.

Meanwhile, wife Michelle Obama and Jill Biden helped box care packages for U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Before Jill Biden and her husband, the Vice President-Elect, stopped by the Oprah Winfrey Show where they shared a bit of insight into his selection.

Barack Obama will attend three separate dinners Monday night; one honoring Colin Powell, another Joe Biden, and finally an event for his general election opponent, John McCain.

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