[Puri, India; January 20. Image via Getty]

Indian sand-sculpture artist Sudarshan Pattnaik gives the finishing touches to a work depicting US President-elect Barack Obama on the beach at Puri, some 70 Kms from Bhubaneshwar on January 20, 2009. Washington pulsed on the eve of Barack Obama's inauguration with a building sense of joy, racial healing and a lightness of mood rarely witnessed during grim months of economic decline. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)