Thursday, April 24, 2014

In a quiet ceremony, U.S. President, Obama, sworn in for second term

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At 11: 50 a.m. on Sunday, American president, Barack Obama was sworn in for a second term.

Mr. Obama’s Sunday swearing-in went on without a hitch, with the president taking the oath of office in the White House with Chief Justice John Roberts, flanked by his family and with a small contingent of press.

The 35-word presidential oath took only a few seconds to go through and was shown on live TV. Mr. Obama placed his hand on the Robinson family Bible — the first lady’s family — and smoothly recited the oath.

“I did it,” the president said as he hugged his family.

When Mr. Obama first took the oath on Jan. 20 four years ago, he and Chief Justice Roberts tripped up over the wording, raising concerns about whether the constitutional requirements were fulfilled to the letter of the law.  Roberts went to the White House the next day and administered it again in full.

Earlier, at 8:21 a.m. on Sunday, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. took the oath of office as VP for the second time, two miles from the White House at the Naval Observatory, the official vice-presidential residence.

Mr. Biden was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Maria Sotomayor, who was nominated by President Barack Obama during his first year in office.

Twelve members of Mr. Biden’s tight-knit family formed an arc behind him, and the 120 guests applauded as the vice president and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, walked in at 8:18 a.m. The ceremony began with prayer. Then Dr. Biden held the five-inch-thick Biden family Bible as her husband recited: “I, Joseph R. Biden Jr., do solemnly swear …. “

So why all these big events today, without any huge ceremony?

The Constitution requires the president’s term to start on Jan. 20, but because that falls on a Sunday this year, Obama will have two ceremonies: one on Sunday and a larger, public ceremony on Monday, followed by a parade and inaugural balls.

What did Mr. Biden tell his guests at his ceremony? Classic Biden-isms ….

“I want to explain to you what a wonderful honour it was, and how much out of her way the Justice had to go. She is due in New York. She has to leave right now. So I apologize: We’re gonna walk out. Her car’s waiting so she can catch a train I hope I haven’t caused her to miss. And I am leaving – going and gonna meet the President [for] the traditional laying the wreath at 2 over in Arlington. And we’re having breakfast. I’ll be back, they tell me, in 40 minutes. I hope  some you will still be here. [Laughter] But I thank you very, very, very much for sharing this morning with Jill and me. And Madame Justice, it’s been an honour – a great honour. Thank you! [Applause] Enjoy breakfast!”

A crowd of up to 800,000 people is expected to gather on the National Mall to witness the public inauguration event, which will take place on the Capitol’s red, white and blue bunting-draped west front. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who famously flubbed the oath of office that Mr. Obama took in 2009, was to swear the president in on both days.

SOURCE: POLICYMIC.COM (We have their permission to republish).

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