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January 23rd, 2009
03:35 PM ET

Sasha's smile could be a guide to our future

Roland S. Martin
CNN Contributor

There are so many things that we could take away and remember forever regarding the inauguration of the first African-American president in the history of the United States, but I'll always remember the laughter of a little girl.

Shortly after President-elect Barack Obama finished the oath and became President Barack Obama, he joined hands with his family and waved to the cheering voices of 1.8 million people packed from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial.

People cried, others hugged, celebrities and everyday folks snapped photos to capture the moment.

There really was an amazing energy that permeated the crowd as we all witnessed a barrier come tumbling down before our eyes.

But what stood out for me was a moment when President Obama looked down at his 7-year-old daughter, Sasha, and she said something to him, and then let out this huge laugh.

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  1. Jennifer

    Good Day Roland.
    While I am still overwhelmed with pride and hope, I equally feel the heaviness of the task ahead for our President. The road will be long and arduous, yet I am confident he is fully equipped to face the challenges.
    To those who are still miserable and skeptical...GET OVER IT and DEAL WITH IT. He is the President of ALL AMERICANS and needs all of our support and prayers.

    January 24, 2009 at 10:43 am |
  2. Annie Kate

    The Obama girls are such a delight. They are such happy children and behave so well. Its wonderful watching this family and you just can't help but be happy for them as you see the happiness and pride on their faces. Its nice to have small children in the first family again.

    January 23, 2009 at 9:07 pm |
  3. Mary V., Salt Lake City, UT

    Beautiful girls! GOD bless President Obama & his family!

    January 23, 2009 at 6:58 pm |
  4. EJ (USA)

    She is so adorable.

    January 23, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  5. Grandmother P from Idaho

    I was so impressed with all the commendators coverage of these wonderfull week. I've never watch so much national news in along time. Thank you CNN.

    January 23, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  6. Max

    They are so CUTE and ADORABLE.

    AND it is evident that their FAME has not gone to their HEADS ... being a good PARENT is NO easy job THOUGH.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  7. Lisa Hollands

    President Obama & the First Lady have 2 beautiful little girls!

    January 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  8. Lissa in Montreal

    I love this story, Roland! Thank you for your insight and your eagle eye. The girls are spotlight worthy but particularly symbolic of what lies ahead: hope, beauty and candor. God bless the whole family, they are now models for so many other families, worldwide. And GOOD models, too.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:56 pm |