January 12, 2009
Barack Obama took oath as the 44th President of the United States of America on the Capital Hill on January 11. However, it was not the real Barack Obama, but a stand-in, who took the oath during a dress rehearsal ahead of the real swearing-in ceremony scheduled for January 20.
Stand-ins for President-elect Obama and others took their places even as a military band played 'Hail to the Chief' and thousands marched along the parade route on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Image: US Army Staff Sgt Derrick Brooks (Left) and US Navy Yeoman First Class LaSean McCray (Right) stand in as President-elect Barack Obama and his wife Michelle for a rehearsal of the upcoming parade.
Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters