Barack Obama was sworn in as The President of The Unites States on 2o January 2013 in a simple White House ceremony.
Gathered with his family in the Blue Room on the White House’s ceremonial main floor, Obama put his hand on a family Bible and recited the 35-word oath that was read out loud by U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts.
“I did it,” Obama said as he hugged his wife, Michelle, and daughters Sasha and Malia. “Thank you, sweetie,” he told Michelle when she congratulated him. “Good job, Dad. You didn’t mess up,” 11-year-old Sasha Obama told her father.
It was a low-key start to the first African-American U.S. president’s second term, which is likely to be dominated – at least at the start – by budget fights with Republicans and attempts to reform gun control and immigration laws.
Obama, 51, will be sworn in publicly on Monday outside the West Front of the Capitol overlooking the National Mall in front of as many as 800,000 people, a much bigger ceremony replete with a major address and a parade.
Downtown Washington was all but locked down with heavy security. Many streets were closed, lined with barricades. Police sirens blared. Outside the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue, an elaborate presidential viewing stand encased in bullet-proof glass was set up for Obama and other VIPs to watch the parade.
Let’s look at some Inauguration cereminies of The US Presidents.
President Warren Harding inauguration, 1921 As President Barack Obama prepares to take his second oath of office, we’re looking back through our archives at other presidential inauguration ceremonies Daily News photographers have snapped through the years. From Franklin D. Roosevelt’s first inaugural address to President Bill Clinton’s swearing in, take a look back in history … Dressed in fancy top hats and overcoats, Woodrow Wilson (l.) and the newly-elected President Warren Harding ride to the Capitol in Washington D.C. for Harding’s inauguration in 1921.
President Calvin Coolidge inauguration, 1925 Thousands of people brave cold temperatures to crowd Capitol Hill for the inauguration of President Calvin Coolidge in 1925. The ceremony was the first one to ever be broadcast to Americans via radio.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt inauguration, 1937 After being elected for a second term as President, Franklin D. Roosevelt waves to the crowd outside the Capitol during a rainy ceremony in 1937. Because of the inclement weather, the Inauguration Committee of Congress had considered holding the ceremony indoors until F.D.R cut short their discussion.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower inauguration, 1953 Monty Montana, a cowboy from California, rises from his saddle to throw a rope around President Dwight D. Eisenhower during the 1953 inauguration ceremonies. In the background, former President Herbert Hoover raises his arm to protect himself from being hit by the lasso.
President John F. Kennedy delivers his inaugural address after taking the oath of office at the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 20, 1961. During his historic speech, Kennedy wagged his index finger as he said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.
President Bill Clinton inauguration, 1997 President Bill Clinton clasps hands with his wife Hillary as the couple marches down Pennsylvania Avenue with daughter Chelsea following his second inauguration ceremony. It was the same walk Clinton had made four years earlier after taking his first oath of office in 1993.
President Barack Obama inauguration, 2009 With his wife Michelle holding the Bible at his side, President Barack Obama takes the oath of office as he is sworn in as the 44th President of the United States. It’s an act the President will repeat on Jan. 21, 2013.