President Obama today was sworn in to serve for another four years as the 44th president of the United States.
Obama took the oath on Michelle Obama’s family bible. The Robinson bible was held by the first lady.
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White House Pool Report 10a
The entire oath ceremony lasted about 1 minute. Chief Justice Roberts led the president in reciting the oath, including the president’s full name “Barack Hussein Obama.”
The president sweared his oath rather than affirmed as expected.
Two two man recited the oath carefully and resolutely without any hint of trouble after the 2009 oath was initially mangled.
At the end of the oath, Roberts said “Congratulations, Mr. President.”
Obama said “Thank you, Chief Justice. Thank you so much.”
The two men seemed warm, but formal, with no hint of animosity.
Obama then said “All right, thank you everybody” and exited.
Only main staffer pooler saw was Press Secretary Jay Carney, who stood behind pooler.
Am also told that John Roberts wife attended, standing next to Obama’s family.
Will have more color and details on the family who attended shortly, but will have to do from IDing people in the photos. The White House at this point is not giving us a list.
White House Pool Report 10
Breaking: President Barack Obama has taken the oath of office.
White House Pool Report 9 – Scene and Background
As you know, President Barack Obama is set to be sworn in by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts in a brief ceremony in the Blue Room at the White House, surrounded by his family. The ceremony is scheduled to start at 11:55 a.m. and will last just a few minutes, according to a WH official. The Chief Justice, First Lady, daughters Sasha and Malia and the president will enter, and there is a small bench on the side for additional family. Press is in the rear, facing out to a sparkling South Lawn.
The president’s first term ends at noon under the Constitution.
The president will take the oath of office with his hand on the Robinson Family Bible, which will be held by the First Lady. Sasha and Malia will stand between the First Lady and Roberts.
From the Presidential Inaugural Committee Media Guide:
“The bible was a gift from the First Lady’s father, Fraser Robinson III, to his mother, LaVaughn Delores Robinson, on Mother’s Day in 1958. Mrs. Robinson was the first African American woman manager of a Moody Bible Institute’s bookstore; this was the only Bible she ever used.”
Four years ago, Roberts and Obama flubbed the 35-word oath of office as specified in the Constitution during the ceremony on the West Front of the Capitol, and the pair later reprised the correct oath at the White House.
Here’s the oath in the Constitution:
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
“So help me God” isn’t in the Constitution but is traditionally added at the end. And “Barack Hussein Obama” was added in 2009 after “I” at the beginning.
The “(or affirm)” part gives the president the option of affirming instead of swearing, but presidents typically choose to swear.
The Blue Room is one of the White House’s oval rooms and is the White House’s formal reception room.
Also worth noting the subsequent Obama-Roberts history. Obama lectured Roberts and the court over its Citizens United decision during his 2010 State of the Union Address — while Roberts’s vote last year saved Obama’s signature health care law from being overturned at the hands of Roberts’ fellow conservatives on the court.