President Obama just became the 16th President to take the oath of office for the second time. There have been 57 inaugurations.
Josh Gerstein commented on Politico
Barack Obama and John Roberts were all smiles when the chief justice swore in the president on Sunday — and they’ll likely repeat the performance on Monday.
But the serene tableau obscures the tumultuous relationship between the two men since their first awkward public interaction during the botched oath of office four years ago.
On Sunday, Roberts read the oath from a piece of paper — and both men seemed relieved when it was over. They exchanged congratulations and thanks, and then Obama turned to his daughter Sasha. “I did it,” he told her.
Vice President Joe Biden was sworn in earlier by Justice Sotomayor.
Obama Photograph AP
Biden photograph Carolyn Kaster/AP
- The Presidential Oath: Not Always Perfect, But It Gets The Job Done (npr.org)
- Biden Sworn In: Vice President Takes Oath Of Office (huffingtonpost.com)
- Joe Biden sworn in as vice-president as Obama inauguration begins (guardian.co.uk)