Obama set to take oath of office in private

By HILARY LEILA KRIEGER, JPOST CORRESPONDENT
January 20, 2013 06:12

WASHINGTON – Because of a quirk in the calendar, US President Barack Obama will recite his official oath of office for a second term Sunday, out of public view, before repeating the act for hundreds of thousands of spectators on Monday.

The US Constitution requires that the inauguration take place on January 20, but because that date falls on a Sunday this year, when federal offices are closed, there will be only a private event that day with the tradition public version conducted the next day.

Accordingly, on Sunday morning, Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will participate in official swearings-in at their homes, the White House and the Naval Observatory, respectively. The swearings-in will be proceeded by an official wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in nearby Virginia. Later Sunday, there will be an inaugural reception where both men will deliver remarks.

On Monday, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts will re-administer the oaths on the steps of the Capitol before assembled dignitaries, the press and a crowd expected to number close to one million spectators, far fewer than attended in 2008. Obama will then deliver his second inaugural address.


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