United States President Barack Obama will keep his date with history on Monday as he will be sworn in for the second day in a row during a traditional public ceremony steeped in symbolism and watched by millions of Americans.
Yesterday, President Obama takes the oath of office for his second term in a private White House ceremony ahead of Monday’s inauguration festivities. The ceremony has marked the end of a presidential term and beginning of the second. According to the 20th amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the mandate of elected President begins at noon on January 20. Because January 20, the date on which Obama has officially ended his first term at the helm of the United States, this year fell on a Sunday, are organized two oath ceremonies.
The first ceremony, private, took place on Sunday in the Blue Room, was officiated by Chief Justice John G. Roberts. Surrounded by family, friends and staff, in the Blue Room of the White House, Mr. Obama had placed his hand on the historic Robinson family bible, selected specifically for the occasion, and recited the 35-word presidential oath.
Monday’s inauguration festivities
The second ceremony is scheduled for Monday and will be held outside the West Front of the Capitol, established of American Congress (at 11:30 local time / 16:55 GMT). Mr. Obama had selected historical bibles including those used by Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King for his swearing in ceremonies.
“I will be honoured to again stand on the Inaugural platform and take part in this important American tradition,” Mr. Obama had said earlier this month.
At the public ceremony will be attended by more than a half million Americans (between 800,000 and 900,000 people, the CNN reported.). After the speech at the Capitol, Obama will walk to Pennsylvania Avenue, which connects the seat of legislative power and the executive power of the United States.
After oath ceremony, a big parade will follow the same avenue, where Barack Obama will attend from a huge gallery installed near the White House. Inaugural balls, held at Congress Center in Washington, will take until late at night.