Obama Sworn In For Second Term (With Video)
January 21, 2013
President Barack Obama was formally sworn in for a second four-year term, and Vice President Joe Biden also took the oath of office Sunday before Monday’s public inauguration ceremony, to be witnessed by hundreds of thousands of people on the National Mall.
Obama took the oath just before noon in a ceremony lasting about half a minute in the oval-shaped White House Blue Room, with views of the executive mansion’s South Lawn sweeping down to the Washington Monument.
With First Lady Michelle Obama, daughters Malia and Sasha, and a small group of reporters looking on, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath (video below).
Obama shook Roberts hand, kissed his wife and children, and said to his family, “I did it.”
This was the seventh time in U.S. history a president has taken the oath on Sunday, before a public ceremony the following day. The U.S. Constitution requires a president’s term to begin on January 20.
Obama used a Bible that belonged to his wife’s grandmother, LaVaughn Delores Robinson.