Obama, Biden Sworn In For Second Terms

President Obama’s second term is officially underway.  The President took the Oath of Office, administered by Chief Justice John Roberts, just before noon on Sunday in the Blue Room of the White House.  The event went off without a hitch, unlike four years ago.

FOX News Radio White House Correspondent Mike Majchrowitz reports from the West Wing:

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Four years ago, Chief Justice John Roberts fumbled the hand off:

(Chief Justice Roberts/President Obama) “That I will execute the Office of President to the United States faithfully…” // “That I will execute…” // “Faithfully the Office of President of the United States…” // “The Office of the United States faithfully…”

That lead to a second Oath later at the White House to be sure the President had recited properly.  This time around, the Chief Justice read off a card.  It went much better:

(Chief Justice Roberts/President Obama) “That I will faithfully execute…” // “That I will faithfully execute…” // “The Office of President of the United States…” // “The Office of President of the United States…”

But the President will still have to give it again Monday at the Inaugural ceremony.

At the White House, Mike Majchrowitz, FOX News Radio.

LISTEN to the full swearing in:

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The Constitution mandates that the President takes the Oath of Office on January 20th.  Monday’s Inauguration will include a second, ceremonial Oath, also administered by Chief Justice Roberts.

Vice President Joe Biden also took his Oath on Sunday, just hours before the President.

FOX News Radio White House Correspondent Mike Majchrowitz reports from the West Wing:

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Joe Biden took the Oath of Office early Sunday morning at the Vice Presidential residence at the U.S. Naval Observatory using the 120-year-old Biden family Bible.

(Vice President Biden/Justice Sotomayor) “So help me God.” // “So help me God.” // “Congratulations.” // “Thank you, your honor.”

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor doing the honors.  The oath was done early to accommodate her schedule – she was due in New York for a book signing.

(Vice President Biden) “So I apologize.  We’re going to walk out, her car is waiting to she can catch a train I hope I haven’t caused her to miss.”

The Vice President then joined the President at Arlington National Cemetery for a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

At the White House, Mike Majchrowitz, FOX News Radio.




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