Obama sworn in for second term

2013-01-20 19:20
US President Barack Obama takes the oath. (Larry Downing, AP)

US President Barack Obama takes the oath. (Larry Downing, AP)

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Washington - US President Barack Obama was sworn in for a second term in office on Sunday in a small, private ceremony in the White House's Blue Room.

Chief Justice John Roberts, who leads the US Supreme Court, administered the oath of office to the president, repeating a role he took in 2009, when Obama became the first black president of the United States.

Obama's swearing-in, witnessed by family, met the constitutional requirement that he take the oath on 20 January.

He will repeat the procedure in a public ceremony in front of the US Capitol on Monday.

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