Obama sworn in for 2nd term in White House ceremony

obama sworn in for 2nd termPresident Barack Obama took the official oath for his second term on Sunday at the White House in a small, private ceremony that set a more subdued tone compared to the historic start of his presidency four years ago.

Gathered with his family in the Blue Room on the White House’s ceremonial main floor, Obama put his hand on a Bible and recited the 35-word oath that was read to him by U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts.

Obama hugged his wife Michelle and said, “Thank you,” after she congratulated him at the swearing-in.

Obama, who became the first African-American U.S. president four years ago, will be sworn in publicly for his second term on Monday in a much bigger ceremony before an audience of as many as 800,000 people outside the U.S. Capitol.

Sunday’s ceremony was needed because the U.S. Constitution mandates that the president take office on January 20. Planners opted to go with a private ceremony on the actual date and then hold the symbolic inaugural activities the next day.

Obama will have been sworn in four times, two for each term, putting him equal to Franklin Roosevelt, who served four terms. A second swearing-in was needed in 2009 when Roberts flubbed the first one.

Obama, who won a second term on November 7 by defeating Republican Mitt Romney, opens round two facing many of the same problems that dogged his first term: persistently high unemployment, crushing debt and a deep partisan divide over how to solve the issues.

This has taken some of the euphoria out of Obama’s second inauguration, but he got a boost at a rousing service at Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Washington where he and his wife Michelle, who is sporting a new hair style featuring bangs, clapped and swayed to gospel music.

“Forward, forward,” shouted Pastor Ronald Braxton to his congregation, echoing an Obama election campaign slogan.

U.S. President Obama takes the oath of office from U.S. Supreme Court Chief Roberts as first lady Michelle holds the bible and daughters Malia and Sasha look on in the Blue Room of the White House in WashingtonEarly Sunday morning, Vice President Joe Biden was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, making her the first Hispanic judge to administer an oath of office for one of the nation’s two highest offices.

Obama and Biden then joined forces to lay a wreath of flowers at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in a solemn remembrance of those killed in the line of duty.

Reuters

  • IraniAngel

    4 more years with mr. bombama in office! yaaaaaaaaaay

    • FreetheME

      In the picture above, Obananna is swearing to screw the US citizens even more. Its going to be a long 4 years bro.

      • Mazen_M

        Really? Long 4 years? That is so funny:) What about the Lebanese politicians that have been screwing the Lebanese people for the past 20 years!!! You make it seem like the U.S citizen is suffering!! You want to ask the Lebanese citizens how they feel? Can you explain to me why we don’t have electricity in Lebanon? You want to ask the Lebanese politicians? This is ony one of many problems that the Lebanese Government ignores. It hurts me a lot that the Lebanese politicians keep ignoring the Lebanese people and don’t give a crap about them and the people keep voting them in!

        • 5thDrawer

          Blame it on twits who tweet that they want instant changes, Mazen … expecting life should move at the speed of digital text. ‘What? People actually worked for 35 years (or 10 generations) to have what they have?? How could they stand it??’ ;-)

        • FreetheME1

          First of all, Lebanon has been through a civil war. Secondly, yes I agree with you,
          most politicians in Lebanon are thieves and ignore and do nothing to fix the past rather they fatten their stomachs while the people go without electricity which should be a
          bare minimum for any human living in the 21st century. However, What has the US been through except sticking their noses in every other countries affairs and as a result are now in debt in the trillion while the Majority of the people are living in poverty. Yes Mazen, Really it is going to be a very long 4 years for the good people living in the US.

  • IraniAngel

    4 more years with mr. bombama in office! yaaaaaaaaaay

    • FreetheME

      In the picture above, Obananna is swearing to screw the US citizens even more. Its going to be a long 4 years bro.

      • Mazen_M

        Really? Long 4 years? That is so funny:) What about the Lebanese politicians that have been screwing the Lebanese people for the past 20 years!!! Can you explain to me why we don’t have electricity in Lebanon? You want to ask the Lebanese politicians? It hurts me a lot that the Lebanese politicians keep ignoring the Lebanese people and don’t give a crap about them and the people keep voting them in!

        • 5thDrawer

          Blame it on twits who tweet that they want instant changes, Mazen … expecting life should move at the speed of digital text. ‘What? People actually worked for 35 years (or 10 generations) to have what they have?? How could they stand it??’ ;-)

        • FreetheME1

          First of all, Lebanon has been through a civil war. Secondly, yes I agree with you,
          most politicians in Lebanon are thieves and ignore and do nothing to fix the past rather they fatten their stomachs while the people go without electricity which should be a
          bar minimum for any human living in the 21st century. However, What has the US been through except sticking their noses in every other countries affairs and as a result are now in debt in the trillion while the Majority of the people are living in poverty. Yes Mazen, Really it is going to be a very long 4 years for the good people living in the US.

  • IraniAngel

    4 more years with mr. bombama in office! yaaaaaaaaaay