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Sun Jan 20, 2013, 11:59 AM

President Obama Sworn In for a Second Term, in a Private Ceremony [View all]

Source: New York Times



President Obama was quietly sworn into office for a second term just before noon in a brief and intimate ceremony, ahead of Mondayís far showier public inaugural celebrations.

The ceremony, which lasted less than two minutes, satisfied the Constitutional requirement that the presidentís swearing-in take place by noon on the Jan. 20 after an election.

The oath was administered by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. in the White House Blue Room, an elegant, gilded space with a sweeping view of the South Lawn.

The chief justice administered the oath faithfully and Mr. Obama repeated it accurately, unlike the situation four years earlier, when Mr. Roberts inverted a few words during the public swearing-in, Mr. Obama echoed the errors, and the oath had to be repeated in private later. The chief justice, who had relied on his famously prodigious memory in 2009, this time took no chances: He read the oath from a printed text.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/21/us/politics/president-obama-inauguration.html



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