President Obama Sworn In, Officially Starts Second Term

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WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama was sworn into office on Sunday just before noon, officially starting his second four-year term.

With his left hand on a bible that belonged to First Lady Michelle Obama’s grandmother, Mr. Obama took the oath inside the White House’s Blue Room – named after the upholstery, carpet and drapes that hang on windows that overlook the South Lawn and the Washington Monument.

The President was sworn in several hours after Vice President Joe Biden took his oath at 8:21 a.m. at his official residence at the Naval Observatory. The early hour for his ceremony was because Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor — who was the first Latina and third woman to administer the oath for a vice president — had to catch a train to New York for a book signing. She will return in time for Monday’s Capitol ceremony.

“I did it,” Obama said after being sworn in by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.

The President thanked the small group gathered in the room, and then he left with his wife Michelle and their two daughters.

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