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Obama begins his second mandate; the public ceremony and pomp on Monday

Barack Obama has officially been sworn in for his second term as US president in a small ceremony at the White House. Although the US Constitution requires the oath of office to be taken by noon on 20 January, that falls on a Sunday so the public inauguration will take place on Monday.

Obama taking the presidential oath at the Blue Room with his family

Vice-president Biden congratulated by Justice Sonia Sotomayor after the ceremony

Beyonce will be one of the main attractions on Monday’s celebration

Mr Obama took his official oath in the White House's Blue Room at 11:55 in the morning Washington time.
The public ceremony with pomp and circumstance will follow on Monday.
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath of office to Mr Obama, witnessed by First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Sasha and Malia as well as some family members and reporters.
Resting his hand on a bible used for many years by his wife's family, Mr Obama vowed “to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States”.
He will repeat those words during Monday's public inauguration, in which he will set out his plans for the next four years.
Vice-President Joe Biden was sworn in for a second term at a small ceremony at his official residence earlier on Sunday morning. The 70-year-old will also repeat his oath publicly on Monday.
Thousands of workers and volunteers have been working to finish construction for Monday's celebrations, with white tents, trailers and generators being set up along the Washington Mall's parade route as nearby buildings were adorned with red, white and blue bunting,
For his part, Mr Obama rolled up his sleeves and donned gloves to spend Saturday sprucing up a school with other volunteers, as part of a National Day of Service kicking off the inauguration ceremonies - similar to the way he spent the day before his first presidential inauguration in 2009.
He urged volunteers to honour the memory of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, whose birthday, a national holiday, falls on Monday. This year is the 50th anniversary of King's march on Washington.
President Obama's second term work will be more of a challenge than Saturday's school work, says the BBC's Ben Wright in Washington - trying to change America's gun laws, reforming immigration and dealing with the country's debt.
In 2009, nearly two million people crammed into Washington to witness President Obama's first inauguration. Four years on, the mood is unlikely to match that excitement, says our correspondent.
But, he adds, the second inauguration of America's first black president is a moment many will not want to miss. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected in Washington for that event - a smaller number than the 1.8 million who flocked for the swearing-in in 2009.
They will crowd onto the Mall leading to Congress wrapped up against the cold, to see their president take the oath of office on the steps of the flag-draped Capitol and listen to his speech.
The day will include music from Beyonce and Fun, parades, black tie balls and very tight security.
 

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1 Anglotino (#) Jan 20th, 2013 - 08:12 pm Report abuse
See Venezuela that's how easy it is to follow a constitution and ACTUALLY swear in a president.

41 days and counting and still no sign of Chavez.
2 briton (#) Jan 20th, 2013 - 08:12 pm Report abuse
Dear Mr Obama,
This year you were voted president of the united states of America,

Not the prime minister of Great Britain,
Please do not let you European ambitions get in the way of friend ship,
Just a polite letter,
We will deal with the Europeans,
Thanks for the offer, but no thanks..
Sir, Briton..

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3 commonsparrow (#) Jan 20th, 2013 - 08:52 pm Report abuse
You can tell alot about a country from the first three words of it's constitution.
4 Shed-time (#) Jan 20th, 2013 - 09:43 pm Report abuse
If beyonse is there, then it must be important.
5 reality check (#) Jan 20th, 2013 - 09:47 pm Report abuse
She want's him to autograph her baby daughters $50.000 Barbie doll!
6 Shed-time (#) Jan 21st, 2013 - 10:46 am Report abuse
I had a thought. Why don't the falkland islanders, a democratic and ideological ally, become independent. They can then use lobby groups paid for by foreign groups to buy senatorial seats and ask the USA to protect them with $6bil a year in foreign aid allowing them to buy and develop weaponry to protect them from their aggressor. They could even use some of the money to build a big wall to protect them from the belligerent power.

Oh wait, they're not jewish... fail of plan.
7 BAMF Paraguay (#) Jan 21st, 2013 - 10:02 pm Report abuse
Mr Obama vowed “to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States”.

Except that he (and previous Presidents) have destroyed the USA Constitution.

*drone wars = no Hapeus Corpus
*Patriot Act = unlawful search and seizures
*Executive Orders to legislate
*NDAA = Police State

Essentially the USA that I once knew is a gonner :(
Sucks a big fat nut!

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