Quick ceremony marks start of Obama's second term
January 20th, 2013
11:57 AM ET
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Quick ceremony marks start of Obama's second term

Washington (CNN) – There was no music, no crowds and no parade.

But President Barack Obama officially became a two-term commander-in-chief Sunday after taking his oath of office during a ceremony in the White House.

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It took place in the ornate Blue Room, an oval-shaped reception space on the White House's main floor, where Obama was joined by wife Michelle Obama and his two daughters. Other members of his family, including the first lady's mother and brother, stood out of view of the camera.

Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath to Obama – his third time to hold that honor. After Roberts flubbed the order of words during the public ceremony in 2009, a do-over took place in the White House Map Room the next day to erase any question that Obama was officially the president.

Roberts didn't have any trouble with the 35-word oath this time around – he read from a white note card with the words printed on it. Slash marks where Roberts paused to have Obama repeat the words were clearly visible.

The whole process took less than a minute, and Obama didn't make any remarks or statements following his swearing-in. He did take a moment to hug his wife and daughters, exclaiming "I did it!" before exiting from the camera's view.


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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Out of Texas

    The picture above symbolizes that America's majority has spoken loud and clear. Best wishes Mr. President.

    January 20, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  2. ST

    Congratulations Mr. President, yes you did it not once BUT twice. May god give you more strength, good health, more tolerance, more courage, more toughness, more thoughtfulness and more caring not only to this nation, but also to the entire world which is posed for your leadership for four years from now.

    January 20, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  3. lottie

    We the people have spoken . Now lets see if congress will get the message and move forward>

    January 20, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. ga.democrat

    Congratulations Mr. President. Looking forward to the next four years. May God Bless you and your beautiful family.

    January 20, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  5. labman57

    And yet another right wing prognostication - "Roberts will refuse to perform the ceremony!" - bites the dust.

    January 20, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  6. Woman In California

    Congratulations Mr. President. The First Family was beautiful and I can't help but admire the job the Obama's have done with the girls.

    God Bless America and please change the attiutudes of the republican Congress.

    January 20, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  7. hal

    I can't wait for the next 4 years to fly by...........

    January 20, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  8. cosmo

    Its going to be a long 4 years

    January 20, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  9. revolting peasant

    I think there have been many great presidents, many good, presidents, many ordinary presidents, but only a few really bad presidents. I think history will be very unkind to George Bush as one of the truly bad ones. Nixon probably is another. There is no way that history will judge Obama to be one of the bad ones. HIs detractors are mired in silly ideology and blow things out of proportion. There is no way Obama is destroying the country.

    January 20, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  10. Barry Gauthier

    god help us all

    January 20, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  11. Randy

    Cosmo & hal. I didn't vote for George Bush either time but after it was all said & done he he had the keys to the White House I wished him luck & stood behind him, even if i didn't always agree with his point of view or the way he did things. You would be be served to adopt a similar attitude or otherwise, yes, it will be a long 4 years. Not only that, but at the rate the GOP is going, it may be much longer than 4 years before a Republican is back in the White House. Adjust your attitude or you're going to give yourselves strokes.

    January 20, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |