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Obama readies call for service, unity

The stage is set in front of the Capitol, where Barack Obama will be sworn in today as the 44th president. Up to 2 million people are expected in Washington for the ceremony and festivities. The stage is set in front of the Capitol, where Barack Obama will be sworn in today as the 44th president. Up to 2 million people are expected in Washington for the ceremony and festivities. (Alex Wong/ Getty Images)
By Susan Milligan
Globe Staff / January 20, 2009

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WASHINGTON - Against an emotional backdrop of high promise, deep despair, and extraordinary expectations, Barack Obama will become the nation's 44th president today, completing his historic quest for the White House and beginning the daunting task of leading a nation wounded by wars abroad and economic crisis at home. (Full article: 1177 words)

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