Latest News:  


Obama sworn in to 2nd term as U.S. President


08:24, January 21, 2013

Key Words:Barack Obama;swear in; U.S.;president;2nd term;

Related Reading:
>> Japanese PM to visit U.S. next monthl
>> U.S. could see piecemeal action on new gun laws: experts
>> U.S. Attorney General urges Congress to pass gun control legislation

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama was officially sworn in to the second term at a private ceremony in the White House Sunday.

Obama took the oath of office officially for a second term shortly before noon at a low-key ceremony in the White House Blue Room, as required by the constitution.

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts swore him in at the official ceremony, and will do it again at a ceremonial swearing-in on Monday. Four years ago, the two flubbed the 35-word oath at the inauguration ceremony.

The private ceremony was witnessed by the first family and a press poll, and broadcast by cable networks. First Lady Michelle Obama held the bible of her family for the president to swear in.

"Good job, Daddy," said Obama's daughter Sasha after the ceremony.

"I did it," replied Obama.

Earlier in the morning, Vice President Joe Biden was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotamayor at a private ceremony at the Naval Observatory, the vice presidential residence.

According to the VP's office, Biden personally selected Sotomayor, who was the first Hispanic and fourth female judge to administer an oath of office for presidents and vice presidents.

After Biden's swearing-in, Obama and Biden participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.

As the date fell on a Sunday, both Obama and Biden will be sworn in again at a public inauguration ceremony Monday. Obama will place his hand on two Bibles, one owned by President Lincoln, the other by Dr. Martin Luther King, and recite the presidential oath. He will also deliver his inaugural address at the ceremonial swearing-in.

This marks the seventh time that a U.S. president has taken the oath ceremonially on Monday following an Inauguration Day that fell on a Sunday, and also the second time the ceremonial swearing- in falls on the Martin Luther King Day.

An estimated 800,000 people may attend Monday's inauguration and parade, almost half of the crowd who flooded to the capital four years ago to watch the historic inauguration of the first African American President.

The three-day inauguration festivities kicked off Saturday. With Saturday dubbed as the National Day of Service, the first family began with a service event at a Washington D.C. area elementary school, joining forces with about 500 volunteers to complete a school makeover. The first lady also hosted a star- stubbed Kids' Inaugural Concert that honors the country's military families.

We recommend:

Nudists rally for right to bare it all

Unforgettable moments you cannot miss in December

Bloody scenery of shark hunting

Sao Paulo faces hot weather in January

Finland celebrates Epiphany with slide show

Children taking cold-resistant exercise


Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. Mumbai in lens

  2. Carnival-related products sell like hot cakes in Brazil

  3. Curd eating competition held in India

  4. They made 2012 warm and beautiful

  5. Hangzhou Lingyin Temple distributes porridge, causing disorder

  6. Explosion mechanics expert Zheng Zhemin wins top science award

  7. Miss Chinese Africa beauty contest

  8. Scenery of Wuyuan at dawn after rainfall

  9. Sales boosting measures taken for Chinese Spring Festival

  10. New incredible deep sea photo

Most Popular


  1. Labor shortage hits cities as holiday nears
  2. Reaching out to sympathetic Japanese
  3. The fall and rise of James Bond
  4. Intervention in Mali
  5. Proposal to help Chinese 'gay wives' stirs debate
  6. Tax wrong weapon to combat home prices
  7. What you may not know about studying abroad
  8. Encircling China just Japan's wishful thinking
  9. Editorial: Prudence in urbanization
  10. Japan PM Abe's regional trip 'targets China'

What’s happening in China

'Collective children's weddings' held in kindergarten

  1. Highly educated cleaners start jobs in Harbin
  2. Statistician suggests "scientific" population policy
  3. 11 injured in N China fireworks store explosion
  4. Railway police nab 5,144 drug smugglers
  5. Seven dead in Foxconn bus accident