Obama Administration

Barack Obama Takes Oath of Office for Second Term

Remember that thou art mortal

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Barack Hussein Obama officially began his second term as the nation's 44th president Sunday, taking the oath of office in a low-key ceremony at the White House.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts administered the oath, and the two will repeat the process again Monday in a public celebration at the Capitol. The Constitution mandates that presidential terms begin on Jan. 20, and it is traditional when the day falls on a Sunday that the public ceremony take place the next day.