WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 (UPI) — U.S. President Obama was sworn in for his second term Sunday by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts with his younger daughter noting he “didn’t mess up.”
The private ceremony was held in the Blue Room of the White House with several of the Obamas’ closest relatives on hand and Roberts’ wife Jane among the witnesses for the official swearing-in. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will take their public oaths Monday in front of the Capitol before a crowd on the National Mall in Washington.
Unlike the president’s 2009 inaugural oath, Obama spoke clearly and without stumbling over the words.
First lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Sasha and Malia stood by Obama’s side during the oath.
At the conclusion, Roberts said, “Congratulations, Mr. President.”
Obama said “Thank you, Mr. Chief Justice. Thank you so much.”
The president then embraced his family, telling Michelle, “Thank you, sweetie” after she congratulated him. Malia appeared to tell her father, “I’m so happy, yay” and Sasha told him “Good job, Dad.” And when he replied, “I did it,” she responded, “You didn’t mess up.”
Obama then thanked everyone and exited the room with his family.
Obama was sworn in using the Robinson family Bible, which was held by the first lady.
“The bible was a gift from the first lady’s father, Fraser Robinson III, to his mother, LaVaughn Delores Robinson, on Mother’s Day in 1958. Mrs. Robinson was the first African-American woman manager of a Moody Bible Institute’s bookstore; this was the only Bible she ever used,” the presidential inaugural committee media guide said.
Earlier in the day, Obama and his family attended a pre-inaugural church service in which his re-election theme of moving forward was related to the story of Moses.
The Rev. Ronald E. Braxton of the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church read from the book of Exodus Sunday. He urged Obama to not let obstacles interfere “where forward is the only option.”
“I’m a witness that the God of Moses , with miraculous power, still moves on behalf of humankind,” Braxton said. “Forward was the only option.”
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