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Barack Obama was the 44th President of the United States and he served two terms in office from January 20, 2009 – January 20, 2017. As the first African American elected to be President of the U.S., his first inauguration was a historic event attended by former Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush. Although there is no official count, the inauguration is said to have been attended by approximately 1.1 - 1.8 million people who packed the National Mall from the West Front of the Capitol to past the Washington Monument. Metro set new record for highest ridership day of all time on that day with 1,120,000 rail trips, 423,000 bus trips and 1,721 MetroAccess trips for a total of 1,544,721 trips by attendees of the inauguration.
Metro sets new record for highest ridership day of all time. (January 21, 2009). Retrieved from https://wmata.com/about/news/pressreleasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=2440
Hulse, C. (January 20, 2009). Obama is sworn in as the 44th president. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/21/us/politics/20web-inaug2.html