A group of young Kenyans have been among the first to sing the praises of the new president, coming to Washington for the inauguration like tens of thousands of others from around the USA and overseas.
Everyone wants to look their best, and be able to say ‘I was there’.
No-one wants to miss anything during the six-hour celebrations, and there’s plenty of competition for the best viewing points.
And there are those for whom this day is also about remembering the errors of the last eight years. A new man in the White House does not banish the ghosts human rights protestors dressed as death and Guantanamo prisoners hope will haunt George Bush and Dick Cheney to ther graves.