Today, in two separate, private ceremonies, President Obama and Vice President Biden were officially sworn into office, marking the start of the second term. (The Constitution mandates that the President takes the oath on January 20. Since that date falls on a Sunday this year, the public inauguration ceremony and festivities will take place tomorrow, January 21)
President Obama took the oath, administered by Chief Justice John Roberts, in the Blue Room of the White House, using a bible that belonged to First Lady Michelle Obama’s paternal grandparents.
Vice President Biden was sworn in by Justice Sonia Sotomayor in front of family and friends in a ceremony at the Naval Observatory. Vice President Biden took the oath using the Biden family bible.
The President and Vice President also participated in a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery this morning. Later today, they will attend an inaugural reception.
Tomorrow, President Obama will deliver his second inaugural address from the Capitol. Tune in tomorrow to whitehouse.gov/inauguration to watch the public ceremony and speech live, starting at 11:00 a.m. EST.
Below, watch President Obama speak in his own words about what this inauguration means to him.