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Obama inauguration: The faces in the crowd Add to ...

Even the dignitaries brought cameras. By all accounts, Monday’s inauguration was a more relaxed affair than in 2009. There was pomp, ceremony and pageantry, but there was a certain informality as well. Guests surrrounding President Barack Obama, the 44th U.S. President, chatted with each other and took photographs of the swearing-in (which was done publicly for ceremony – the official one had taken place the day before.) As Mr. Obama and his family headed back into the Capitol afterwards, the President stopped and looked back. “I want to take a look, one more time,” he said. “I'm not going to see this again.” Anna Mehler Paperny looks at some of the guests surrounding Barack Obama for the swearing-in Monday: