President Obama takes oath for second term

Updated: January 21, 2013 16:01 IST

United States President Barack Obama has taken the official oath of office for his second term, in a private ceremony at the White House. Gathered with his family in the Blue Room on the White House's ceremonial main floor, Obama put his hand on a Bible and recited the 35-word oath that was read to him by US Chief Justice John Roberts. Obama hugged his wife Michelle and said, "Thank you," after she congratulated him at the swearing-in. Obama, who became the first African-American US president four years ago, will be sworn in publicly for his second term on Monday in a much bigger ceremony before an audience of as many as 800,000 people outside the US Capitol.

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