London, Jan 21: Barack Obama has been sworn in for a second term as the President of the United States of America in a private White House ceremony.
Obama, 51, was officially sworn in at a very brief ceremony in the Blue Room of the White House, taking the oath from Chief Justice John Roberts using his wife Michelle’s family bible.
He will be sworn in again at a time-honoured public ceremony at the Capitol in Washington on Monday, reports The Telegraph.
Vice-president Joe Biden was sworn in before Obama at an early morning ceremony at his official residence, before the two laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Ceremony.
Obama will embark on a second term at a time of deep partisan division in Washington, and will face foreign crises testing his legacy, including Iran’s nuclear program and resurgent Islamist militancy in North Africa.
Obama was taking the oath of office on Sunday to comply with the US Constitution, which dictates his first term ends at noon on Jan ary 20. (ANI)