Obama's Inauguration Is Today

That whole inaugural party tomorrow is a re-enactment

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 20, 2013 7:31 AM CST

(Newser) – Washington is still putting the finishing touches on tomorrow's every-four-years inauguration party, but it'll be a day late: President Obama will quietly be sworn in for a second term today, due to a Constitutional quirk that mandates that the commander in chief be sworn in at noon on January 20. Because that fell on a Sunday, when inaugurations aren't held, Obama will take the oath at the White House today and tomorrow's ceremony is essentially a re-enactment, reports the AP.

Chief Justice John Roberts—who famously flubbed the oath four years ago—will swear the president in both times, notes Politico in a look at the at-times tempestuous relationship between the two men. Joe Biden was also sworn in this morning in a small ceremony at the Naval Observatory, with Justice Sonia Sotomayor administering the oath. Roll Call notes that he used a 5-inch-thick Bible that had been in his family since 1893; Sotomayor is the first Hispanic justice to swear in a president or vice president, reports the Washington Post. "Above all, I’m happy for the chance to be sworn in by a friend—and someone I know will continue to do great things," said Biden.

In this Jan. 20, 2009, file photo, Barack Obama takes the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts as his wife Michelle, holds the Lincoln Bible and daughters Sasha and Malia watch.
In this Jan. 20, 2009, file photo, Barack Obama takes the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts as his wife Michelle, holds the Lincoln Bible and daughters Sasha and Malia watch.   (Chuck Kennedy)
The West Front of the Capitol in Washington, is dressed in red, white and blue before the 57th Presidential Inauguration and President Barack Obama's second inauguration, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
The West Front of the Capitol in Washington, is dressed in red, white and blue before the 57th Presidential Inauguration and President Barack Obama's second inauguration, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.   (J. Scott Applewhite)
President Barack Obama stains a bookshelf at Burrville Elementary School in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, as the first family participated in a community service project for the National Day of Service, part of the 57th Presidential Inauguration.
President Barack Obama stains a bookshelf at Burrville Elementary School in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, as the first family participated in a community service project for the National Day of...   (Susan Walsh)
First lady Michelle Obama stains a bookshelf at Burrville Elementary School in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, as the first family participated in a community service project for the National Day of Service as part of the 57th Presidential Inauguration.
First lady Michelle Obama stains a bookshelf at Burrville Elementary School in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, as the first family participated in a community service project for the National Day...   (Susan Walsh)
Vice President Joe Biden, second from left, accompanied by his wife Jill Biden, left, and members of the Biden family, flashes a thumbs up as they joined National Day of Service volunteers as part of the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
Vice President Joe Biden, second from left, accompanied by his wife Jill Biden, left, and members of the Biden family, flashes a thumbs up as they joined National Day of Service volunteers as part of...   (Manuel Balce Ceneta)
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, accompanied by Sheri Fisher, a City Year employee and Jeff Franco, executive director of City Year, stain a bookshelf at Burrville Elementary School in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, as the the first family participated in a community service project for the...
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, accompanied by Sheri Fisher, a City Year employee and Jeff Franco, executive director of City Year, stain a bookshelf at Burrville Elementary School...   (Susan Walsh)
President Barack Obama listens as first lady Michelle Obama speaks at Burrville Elementary School in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, after the first family participated in a community service project for the National Day of Service as part of the 57th Presidential Inauguration.
President Barack Obama listens as first lady Michelle Obama speaks at Burrville Elementary School in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, after the first family participated in a community service project...   (Susan Walsh)
In this Jan. 20, 2009 file photo, Barack Obama  takes the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts to become the 44th president of the United States.
In this Jan. 20, 2009 file photo, Barack Obama takes the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts to become the 44th president of the United States.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
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