|Written by AFP|
|Thursday, 22 January 2009|
America's leader takes office - stewardship of an uncertain world with a promise that a different political age has dawned.
Former US president George W Bush applauds as US President Barack Obama waves after being sworn in Tuesday as the 44th US president in Washington. In his often sombre inaugural address, President Obama avoided crowd-rousing oratory, emphasising instead the importance of hard work in the face of tough times.