Washington D.C, Jan.20 (ANI): A new era would begin in the history of United States in a few moments from now with Barack Hussein Obama taking oath of office and secrecy at the steps of Capitol at (1700 GMT) as the 44th President of the United States of America. Ahead of the ceremony the President-elect visited St. George Church here for a private prayer service.
He will take charge as the first African American to be elected President of the United States by replacing George W.Bush.
Born on August 4, 1961, Barack Obama has been the junior United States Senator from Illinois from January 3, 2005 till he resigned following his election to the presidency, on Nov.16, 2008.
Barack Obama's term of office as the President of the United States begins today after the swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol.
Obama, studied for his graduation at the Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review.
Later, he worked as a community organizer, and practiced as a civil rights attorney in Chicago before serving three terms in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004. Besides, he taught the Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004.
Following an unsuccessful bid for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000, Obama was elected to the Senate in November 2004. He delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in July 2004.
As a member of the Democratic minority in the 109th Congress, Obama helped create legislation to control conventional weapons and to promote greater public accountability in the use of federal funds. He also made official trips to Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
During the 110th Congress, Obama helped create legislation regarding lobbying and electoral fraud, climate change, nuclear terrorism, and care for U.S. military personnel returning from combat assignments in Iraq and Afghanistan. (ANI)