February 3, 2009

Newseum Kicks Off 2009 With a Bang

Barack Obama listens as George Stephanopoulos asks a question on the Jan. 10, 2009, taping of "This Week." (Maria Bryk/Newseum)
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Barack Obama listens as George Stephanopoulos asks a question on the Jan. 10, 2009, taping of "This Week." (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

Arianna Huffington, founder of the influential Huffington Post blog, threw an Inauguration Eve bash where media rubbed elbows with glitterati. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)
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Arianna Huffington, founder of the influential Huffington Post blog, threw an Inauguration Eve bash where media rubbed elbows with glitterati. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

Rock star Sting was one of the headliners at the Inaugural Eve party hosted by the Huffington Post online newspaper. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)
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Rock star Sting was one of the headliners at the Inaugural Eve party hosted by the Huffington Post online newspaper. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

Actors Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore at the Huffington Post party. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)
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Actors Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore at the Huffington Post party. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

Grammy winner Herbie Hancock was among the celebrities at the Inaugural Eve Huffington Post party. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)
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Grammy winner Herbie Hancock was among the celebrities at the Inaugural Eve Huffington Post party. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

Shakira was one of many musical entertainers at the Inaugural Eve Huffington Post party. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)
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Shakira was one of many musical entertainers at the Inaugural Eve Huffington Post party. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

ABC's Charles Gibson and Diane Sawyer prepare for their early-morning Inauguration Day broadcast. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)
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ABC's Charles Gibson and Diane Sawyer prepare for their early-morning Inauguration Day broadcast. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

CNN anchors and pundits were the first to kick off live broadcasts of inaugural events from the Newseum. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)
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CNN anchors and pundits were the first to kick off live broadcasts of inaugural events from the Newseum. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

CNN's Soledad O'Brien prepares for a live broadcast of inaugural festivities. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)
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CNN's Soledad O'Brien prepares for a live broadcast of inaugural festivities. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

The Inauguration ceremony is shown on the Newseum's high-definition media screen. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)
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The Inauguration ceremony is shown on the Newseum's high-definition media screen. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)
President Barack Obama and first daughter Sasha wave at the crowds along the inaugural parade route. (Donna LaFontaine/Newseum)
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President Barack Obama and first daughter Sasha wave at the crowds along the inaugural parade route. (Donna LaFontaine/Newseum)

"Reel Journalism" host Nick Clooney questions George Clooney and Bill Small about the news business. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)
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"Reel Journalism" host Nick Clooney questions George Clooney and Bill Small about the news business. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

George Clooney displays his wit before a sold-out Newseum audience. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)
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George Clooney displays his wit before a sold-out Newseum audience. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

WASHINGTON — Barack Obama. George Clooney. Anderson Cooper. Shakira.

What do these superstars of politics, entertainment and the media have in common?

They were among the hundreds of top newsmakers who helped make the Newseum the place to be in January.

Video: President-elect Barack Obama at the Newseum

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