On January 21, 2013, President Barack Obama was sworn into the 45th presidency of the United States. The 20th amendment of the Constitution states that the inauguration is to be held on the 20th of January. However, this year, the 20th fell on a Sunday. The President took a private oath on Sunday, and then the public announcements and celebrations began on Monday. The theme for this year’s inauguration was “Faith in America’s Future”.
The oath of office was given to the Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. by Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor. The oath of office was given to President Barack Obama by the Chief Justice of the United States; John G. Roberts, Jr. Proceeding the oath of office, the President gave his address and stated his hopes for America’s future.
Many balls and galas were held in the president’s honor throughout Washington D.C. on Monday.
Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m., the inaugural national prayer was held. The service was held by a diverse of faiths and included prayer readings and musical performances.
By: Cati Swihart