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President Obama Officially Sworn In to His Second Term

WASHINGTON - JANUARY 20: U.S President Barack Obama (L) takes the oath of office from U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts (R) as first lady Michelle Obama (2nd L) holds the bible and daughter Malia (C) and Sasha looks on in the Blue Room of the White House January 20, 2013 in Washington, DC. Obama and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden were officially sworn in a day before the ceremonial inaugural swearing-in. (Photo by Larry Downing-Pool/Getty Images)
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Just minutes before noon, in the Blue Room of the White House, Chief Justice John Roberts administered the 35-word oath of office to President Barack Obama, who promptly turned around and hugged his family. “I’m so happy!” daughter Malia said. “Good job, Daddy,” added Sasha. To which the nation’s Father-in-Chief had just one thing to say to his girls: “I did it!” The private ceremony, which marks the official start of Obama’s second term, was held practically at the last possible minute, legally speaking, since by law the president must be sworn in before noon on January 20 following the election. All reports indicate that Roberts did his job flawlessly this time, unlike in 2009 when he famously flubbed his lines — though it looks like an oath card was on hand to avert disaster.

Like Vice-President Joe Biden, who was sworn in by Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor earlier this morning, Obama chose to use a Bible with sentimental family value: It was given to Michelle Obama’s mother by her father back in 1958. Obama and Biden are both due to take part in a ceremonial swearing-in tomorrow on the Capitol steps, an event sure to feature a lot more pomp and circumstance (and A-list singers) than today’s proceedings.

This post has been updated to include Malia and Sasha Obama’s adorable congratulations.

Obama Officially Sworn in to Second Term