President Barack Obama was sworn into his second term of office on Sunday at noon in front of only his wife and two daughters in a simple service.
The quick swearing in took place on Sunday in keeping with the laws states in the Constitution which states that Presidents’ terms begin at noon on January 20.
Normally the oath of office is given on the steps of the Capitol and is followed by his address to the nation, but because this year it happens to fall on a Sunday- and inaugurations are never held that day of the week- the oath of office was given quickly in the Blue Room of the White House instead.
Only the President’s immediate family and a few relatives were present, along with a crew of journalists to witness and televise the event.
Aside from thanking Chief Justice John Roberts after the oath- and joking with his younger daughter that ‘I did it!’- Mr Obama did not make any remarks before heading back out of the Blue Room and back to business.
Mr Roberts, who famously floundered at Mr Obama’s 2008 inauguration, carried a piece of paper and read the quick oath without any stumbles this time.
Because he did not recite the oath of office word-for-word in in 2008, Mr Roberts had to perform a second official service inside the White House in the days following.