Barack Hussein Obama officially began his second term as the nationâ€™s 44th president Sunday, taking the oath of office in a low-key ceremony at the White House.
It was a crisp and flawless 30-seconds of history in the Blue Room between Obama and Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. The two flubbed the 35-word oath four years ago, but not Sunday. With Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha standing behind him, Obama quickly repeated the oath from Roberts, who this time carried a note card.
â€śCongratulations, Mr. President,â€ť said Roberts.
â€śThank you, Mr. Chief Justice,â€ť Obama replied. â€śThank you so much.â€ť
He then kissed his wife, whom he called â€śSweetie,â€ť and told his daughters, â€śI did it.â€ť
Obamaâ€™s hand rested on a Bible that Michelle Obamaâ€™s father Fraser Robinson III had given to his mother, LaVaughn Delores Robinson, on Motherâ€™s Day 1958.
Obama and Roberts will repeat the process again Monday in a public celebration at the Capitol. The Constitution mandates that presidential terms begin on Jan. 20, and it is traditional when the day falls on a Sunday that the public ceremony take place the next day.