US President Barack Obama set for two swearing-in ceremonies

US President Barack Obama set for two swearing-in ceremonies
# 20 January 2013 08:54 (UTC +04:00)

Baku. Malahat Najafova – APA. Almost three decades after Ronald Reagan, Barack Obama is set to repeat a feat that not many US Presidents get the privilege of -- being sworn in twice, APA reports quoting INDIA TODAY.


The President will be sworn in twice for his second term by Chief Justice John Roberts -- first on Sunday i.e tomorrow and the second on Monday.


The two oath takings have been necessitated as the US Constitution-mandated date of January 20 this year fell on a Sunday and historically, inaugural ceremonies are not held on Sundays because Courts and other public institutions are not open.Therefore, this year, in accordance with the requirements of the US Constitution, Obama and the Vice President Joe Biden will officially be sworn in on Sunday, January 20, 2013.

The following day, Monday, January 21, 2013, a ceremonial swearing-in that is open to the public will take place on the West Front of the United States Capitol, the Presidential Inauguration Committee has said.The US Chief Justice Roberts will administer the oath of office for Obama at the Inaugural swearing-in ceremonies on both the days and Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor will administer the oath of office to Biden.

Obama has selected historical bibles including those used by Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King for his swearing-in ceremonies.

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