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In pictures: Obama's first full day

Barack and Michelle Obama stand behind Joe and Jill Biden at a prayer service at Washington's National Cathedral, 21 Jan

Barack Obama has had a busy schedule on his first full day in office as US president. The first public stop for the president and First Lady Michelle Obama was a service at Washington's National Cathedral.

Barack Obama enters the Oval Office - White House photo 21/1/2009

Then it was back to the White House, to the Oval Office, to get on with the business of being president.

Vice-President Joe Biden reads the oath of office as the new administrationís staff are sworn in, 21 January 2009

Vice-President Joe Biden read the oath of office as the new administrationís staff were sworn in at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

Barack Obama at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building , 21 Jan

The president then signed several executive orders.

Barack Obama emerges from the Eisenhower Executive Office Building after signing his first five executive orders, 21 Jan

Among these were rules to institute curbs on lobbying and a pay freeze for senior White House staff.

Barack Obama and his wife Michelle greet visitors to the White House, 21 January 2009

The president and his wife opened the White House to members of the public, finding time to greet visitors in the Blue Room.

Primary school children at Mr Obama's former school in Jakarta, Indonesia, 21 Jan

Hours earlier, children from the primary school that Mr Obama attended in Jakarta, Indonesia, in the 1960s, sang in a ceremony to mark his inauguration.

Kenyan mothers, Linda Omondi with baby Michelle Obama (L) and Caroline Akinyi with baby Barack Obama, in Kisumu, Kenya, 21 Jan

In Kenya - where Mr Obama has relatives on his father's side of the family - proud mothers showed off their children, born moments after the inauguration and named after the new president and first lady.

Newspaper front pages in Germany, 21 Jan

Mr Obama's inauguration as the first black American president made newspaper headlines around the world - including here, in Germany.



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