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Photo by Sandy Huffaker/LEGOLAND California
President Obama’s Inauguration has been recreated at LEGOLAND California! A crowd of over one thousand mini figures can be seen in front of LEGO brick Capitol building. Temperatures at this mock swearing in ceremony are much warmer than at the real ceremony.
Barack Obama was inaugurated today as the 44th President of the United States. He is also the country’s first African-American President. The inauguration took place on the west side of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.
In his inaugural speech, President Obama said: “Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America: They will be met.”
Where were you during the Inauguration?
Photograph by Enric Sala
In the last few days of his presidency, President George W. Bush created three new national monuments in the Pacific Ocean in the largest ocean conservation effort ever. The new monuments will protect Kingman Reef (as part of the U.S. Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument), Rose Atoll, and the Mariana Trench, which is home to Earth’s deepest spot.
All three of the protected areas are home to many species, including the giant coral colony shown in the photo above.
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Today’s the day everyone’s been talking about–election day! Will the next president be Barack Obama or John McCain? Visit ePals Election Central to learn more about the candidates.
The new president will not take office until Inauguration Day, which is January 20, 2009.
Photograph by Rebecca Joye
Several native ladybug species are disappearing and being replaced by ladybugs from other places. The nine-spotted ladybug and other species have become so rare that scientists are hoping kids can find some in their neighborhoods. Cornell University wants kids go out and search for ladybugs and send in pictures to include in their database. To find out how you can help, visit http://lostladybug.org.
In 2009, the United States mint will be releasing a series of four new pennies celebrating the life and presidency of Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln was born in 1809, and the first Lincoln penny was made in 1909.
The “tails” side of the new pennies will feature four different designs marking major periods in Lincoln’s life–his childhood, his formative years in Indiana, his early professional life in Illinois, and his presidency in Washington, D.C. The “heads” sign will continue to carry the familiar Lincoln portrait.
Illustration courtesy United States Mint