Image of 2009

Michael Appleton for The New York Times

This image seems to sum up the year of 2009. With two wars burning, an economy near collapse, corruption and lies burying the executive branch of our government, Barack Obama, a 47-year-old African-American man took over as the 44th president of the United States. On the day that he took the helm, it was as if not only all Americans, but people the world over looked to Obama to help get us all back on track. From world peace to the environment and corporate greed to health care at home, a deflated country turned to this young man to lead the way.

The results are still uncertain, but the spirit of what his election brought to many of us won't soon be forgotten.