Barack Obama sworn in as US president for second term
By Meena Haseeb - 21 Jan 2013, 9:48 am
The public swearing-in for President Obama takes place Monday morning but the unofficial celebration in Washington is already in full swing — from a children’s concert for military families to flag-lined streets to bustling crowds in the hip U Street neighborhood.
Monday’s centrepiece, a midday inaugural address from the western steps of the U.S. Capitol, affords Obama 20 minutes to lay out a vision for the next four years.
With his left hand on a bible that has been in his wife’s family since 1958, Obama swore to “faifthfully execute the office” and to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution”, the New York Daily News reported.
“Good job, daddy,” Sasha said. “I did it” the President whispered as he hugged her.
“You didn’t mess up,” she answered, and amid laughter, the First Family filed out of the Blue Room.
After Monday’s presidential luncheon at the Capitol, the Obamas and Bidens will parade along Pennsylvania Ave. to the White House, a procession that stars the Canadian Embassy in a supporting role, with 2,000 invited guests enjoying unique views.