Barack Obama will be coming to South Africa as the president of the US for the first time at the end of June as part of a presidential tour.
Over one million Americans attended the second swearing in of Barack Obama as US president. A grand parade and glamorous balls marked the event.
The biggest questions around the US president's inaugural celebrations have not been about what Barack Obama would say but what his wife would wear.
US President Barack Obama says his wife Michelle's new hairstyle was the most "significant" event over the weekend of his second inauguration.
First lady Michelle Obama has urged American voters to give her husband four more years to fix the struggling US economy.
photographer Lisa Skinner offers up her top images of the year, which include photographing a dominatrix as well as Michelle Obama's visit to South Africa.