The public inauguration ceremonies are today, but President Barack Obama was officially sworn in for his second term as president yesterday. In a small ceremony at the White House, Obama swore to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.” The oath was administered by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts; Michelle, Sasha and Malia joined him, too.
Obama took the oath yesterday because the Constitution mandates the inauguration must be on Jan. 20. There ceremony was the 57th inauguration of an American president.
Obama will actually take the oath of office a grand total of four times. Four years ago, he had to take the oath twice, as Justice Roberts bungled the oath’s wording on the first try. After taking the oath today in the public ceremony, Obama will become the first president to swear the oath four times in two terms.
Following the swearing in yesterday, Obama hugged his daughters and Sasha said: “Good job, daddy.” Love the First Family.