Obama sworn in for 2nd term in White House ceremony; local girls at inauguration

Inauguration set for today
Wire
Jan 21, 2013

 

President Barack Obama was officially sworn into office for a second term Sunday in a small ceremony at the White House as the nation’s capital geared up for a full inauguration on today.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. administered the oath to the 44th president, surrounded by only a few family members.

Obama will participate in the traditional — and much more flashy — inauguration ceremony on the steps of the U.S. Capitol today, following the lead of his predecessors whose first day in office, as prescribed by the Constitution, fell on a Sunday. Up to 800,000 are expected to attend today, though the festivities have been scaled back from four years ago when 1.8 million poured into the city to witness the swearing in of the nation’s first black president.

“Make sure you know that what we’re celebrating is not the election or swearing-in of a president,” Obama said in brief remarks late Sunday at a candlelight reception with high-dollar donors at the tony National Building Museum. The reception was one of several star-studded events at the 57th inauguration celebration that serve as a thank you for contributors helping to pick up the multi-million dollars tab of days of festivities.

“What we’re doing is celebrating each other, and celebrating this incredible nation that we call home,” Obama said.

“This was about us, who we are as a nation, what values we cherish, how hard we’re willing to fight to make sure that those values live not just for today but for future generations.”

Obama kicks off a second four-year term with ambitions to overhaul the nation’s tax code, rewrite immigration laws, tighten gun regulations and combat global warming.

But he faces a fractured political climate — in part fueled by a divided Congress and nation — as he combats an array of domestic and foreign-policy challenges and goals from boasting a still lagging economy to winding down the war in Afghanistan.

Vice President Joe Biden ticked off the president’s first-term accomplishments to applause from the reception crowd — health care reform, ending the war in Iraq, support for same-sex marriage.

“He’s just getting started,” Biden said. “In the weeks and months ahead, we’re going to reduce gun violence here in America. We’re going to pass comprehensive immigration reform. And we’re going to put this nation’s economy on a sustainable path to the future.”

Earlier Sunday, there was little fanfare — or acknowledgement of the daunting tasks that lay ahead — at the brief ceremony.

Wearing a dark suit and blue tie, Obama stood next to first lady Michelle Obama and daughters, Sasha, 11, and Malia, 14, just before noon in the small, oval-shaped Blue Room on the first floor that boasts views of the Washington Monument. About a dozen other relatives, including Obama’s half-sisters Maya Soetoro-Ng and Auma Obama and Mrs. Obama’s mother, Marian Robinson, and brother, Craig Robinson, watched from across the room.

“I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of president of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States so help me God,” Obama recited.

As he uttered the words, Obama placed his left hand on a Bible held by his wife and used by the first lady’s grandmother, LaVaughn Delores Robinson, the first African-American woman manager of the bookstore at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.

After the one-minute ceremony, Roberts and Obama shook hands. “Congratulations, Mr. President,” Roberts said.

“Thank you, Mr. Chief Justice,” Obama responded. “Thank you so much.”

Then, he hugged his wife and their daughters while his family clapped. “Good job, Daddy,” Sasha whispered.

Obama responded. “I did it,” before Sasha said, “You didn’t mess up.”

Just outside the White House, supporters snapped photos and counted down the minutes until the official start of Obama’s second term.

“It’s 12:02. He’s officially sworn in,” said Rhonda Savage of Ewing, N.J., who traveled to Washington with others teachers involved in Educators for Obama. “I’m excited to be here. I’m just looking for a better United States — and maybe my taxes will go down.”

Many of the streets along today’s inaugural parade were closed to traffic and clogged with tourists enjoying an unseasonably warm day as they passed empty bleachers and buildings draped in red, white and blue.

Kim Hargett of Marshville, N.C., said she thought it was important to be in Washington for the weekend because last year’s election between Obama and Republican Mitt Romney was a turning point for the country.

“People who support Obama — for the most part — are a really positive group of people who are focused on working together and honoring different viewpoints,” Hargett said. “I think that’s what (Obama) is about.”
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Comments

rickross2

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Personal attacks (including: name calling, presumption of guilt or guilt by association, insensitivity, or picking fights). ** Get real register. Because I said thanks Hitler?? You gays at the Ragister make me sick!!!!!

deertracker

Maybe you earned double. I paid more also but it had nothing to do with the President and if you paid more it had NOTHING to do with the President either. Why do you people lie so much? Hate the guy and his policies but telling lies serves what purpose?

rickross2

I wish I earned double. Who do I blame then? I thought he had said noone who makes less than $250,000 a year would see a increase?? Well let me tell ya....I didnt even come close. What does you people mean anyways? Like black people. Because I'm black I always blame the president?

deertracker

"You people" means CONS. You are filing taxes from 2012 Slick Rick. No need to get upset because you were caught in a LIE!

Kottage Kat

Praying 4 the rapture

Contango

"Human life [is] ... a process of filling in time until the arrival of death, or Santa Claus, with very little choice, if any, of what kind of business one is going to transact during the long wait."

- Eric Berne, "Games People Play"

countrygirl30

AMEN to that!

Dr. Information

Obamacare.....new taxes. Payroll tax deduction done away with...increase in taxes.....Yup totally non related to Obama at all. SMDH.

rickross2

tell that to qeertracker

rickross2

Be nice to Barry or the moderators will come looking for you!!! lol

deertracker

You are right. ANY tax increase went into effect in 2013 so whatever was earned in 2012 was taxed at the old rate or there was no increase. Keep shaking your head but get the facts straight.

rickross2

I know that I paid LESS in 2011 than I did in 2012. So I'll blame the president from 2011. Or maybe the president from 2012. At least Barry's off the hook.

JACKEL

Another catastrophe !

Contango

Pres. Obama, Jan. 21, 2013:

"The commitments we make to each other – through Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security – these things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us."

Huh, noticed that he "conveniently" didn't mention ObamaCare. Maybe that program doesn't "strengthen us"?

Contango

Pres. Obama, Jan. 21, 2013:

"We, the people, still believe that enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war."

A bold-faced lie.

"Interesting" that he used the term: "perpetual war."

This country has been at war since even before 1941.

Why is Mr. Obama sending military advisors to 35 African counties?

Why is the U.S. building a military base in Australia?

Why did the U.S. arm Poland with Patriot missiles and send a detachment?

Why did the U.S. invade Libya?

Windy

Please tell me that is not a huge statue of Obie in that picture. Heaven help us all!

Contango

Believe that is the MLK statue. But give 'em time.

Mount Rushmore anyone? Maybe the politically correct party could blast out the two slave owners and replace 'em with a visage of Mr. Obama?

JACKEL

If anyone is really interested how we got to this tragedy today go to:youtube.com/embed/H3aCfR8rmrw

Otis B. Driftwood

I went to take out the trash, and the can was already full of Obama's promises.

Swamp Fox

Its like watching the Hindenberg land, lots of hot air, everything about to blow up.....