Obama gets second swearing-in for second term

President Barack Obama has begun his second term in office after both an official and a ceremonial swearing-in. The president took the oath of office

The president took the oath of office and gave his inaugural address outside the Capitol.

The president took the oath of office and gave his inaugural address outside the Capitol. (1/21/13)

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama has begun his second term in office after both an official and a ceremonial swearing-in.

The president took the oath of office and gave his inaugural address in front of several hundred thousand people on the west lawn outside the Capitol.

The first swearing-in of the second term was held in a private, small ceremony Sunday because of a Constitutional mandate that requires the Commander in Chief to start his term on Jan. 20. By long-standing tradition, when that day falls on a Sunday, another public ceremony is held the next day.

Vice President Joe Biden was also sworn in for a second term for a second day in a row. Bronx native and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor administered the oath to Biden both times.

The Obama family took part in the inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Avenue following the swearing-in.  

To watch extended coverage from Monday's inauguration, click on News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612. 

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