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January 20, 2013

Second Term Starts Today

"President Obama will be quietly sworn into office for a second term just before noon on Sunday in a brief White House ceremony, a day before Monday's far showier public inaugural events, adhering to a long tradition of doing so out of the public eye when Jan. 20 falls on a Sunday," the New York Times reports.

"The oath is to be administered by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. in the Blue Room, an elegant, gilded space with a sweeping view of the South Lawn. The bare-bones ceremony, typically lasting no more than three minutes, will satisfy the constitutional requirement that the president's swearing-in take place by noon on the Jan. 20 after an election."

Washington Post: "The day began with a morning swearing-in ceremony for Vice President Joe Biden, committing him to four more years as the nation's second in command. Biden then joined the president at Arlington National Cemetery for a wreath-laying ceremony on a crisp, sun-splashed January day."


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