While the world's eyes were watching the inauguration of America's first black president people across Brent were throwing a few parties of their own.
Hundreds turned up to celebrate at The Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn High Road where footage of Barack Obama being sworn into office was shown on a cinema screen.
During the ceremony American beer was served along with pretzels, while performances from cheerleaders topped off the party.
American Bill Planz, 55, originally from Maryland, said: "Finally there is a little hope for the world. I am looking forward to him fulfilling his promises."
Anna Chapple, of Dartmouth Road, Willesden Green, said: "It is so exciting. I don't have a television at home so I am very honoured to be here. He is going to be an amazing president. It is about time."
And Devon Whittaker, 40, from Harrow, said: "It was one of those moments you wait for in life. It is great to have someone like him. We really need change and I think it has finally come."
Young people from Brent were also invited to the House of Commons where Dawn Butler MP, the first black woman to be elected to a British Government, encouraged future UK black and asian politicians.
Earlier that day the MP launched Bernie's List, after the late Bernie Grant MP, one of the UK's first black politicians. The idea behind the list is persuade more black and asian people into UK politics.
Ms Butler, who met President Obama last year, said: "He is an inspiration, not just because he is black but because his policies are progressive. This is a historic moment for the US but also for the UK and around the world.
"I am launching Bernie's list, a platform to encourage more black and Asian people into UK politics. Let Barack Obama's victory not only herald a new dawn for the USA but for UK politics as well."
Brent Council's leader, Councillor Paul Lorber (Lib Dem), said: "I would like to congratulate President Obama on his inauguration. His election to the office of President is an inspiration to everyone in Brent. This is an excellent time to remember all that is good about the democratic system of government.
"I hope now we will look forward to an America with a much more progresive foreign policy outlook and that the event inspires the young people of Brent to have ambition and strike to achieve goals. I'm sure everyone will join me in sending President Obama our best wishes."