President Obama Sworn In for a Second Term, in a Quiet Ceremony
President Obama was quietly sworn into office for a second term just before noon in a brief and intimate ceremony, ahead of Mondayís far showier public inaugural celebrations. End Quote
The ceremony, which lasted less than two minutes, satisfied the Constitutional requirement that the presidentís swearing-in take place by noon on the Jan. 20 after an election.
The oath was administered by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. in the White House Blue Room, an elegant, gilded space with a sweeping view of the South Lawn. Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. was sworn in earlier in the day.