Brief ceremony begins Obama's second term
Kathleen Hennessey and Christi ParsonsWASHINGTON — In a swift and simple ceremony at the White House, President Obama was sworn in for a second term Sunday and embarked on another four years leading a nation hobbled by a weak economy and gripped by political division.
With his family at his side and his hand on his wife's family Bible, the 44th president began the new term on an understated note, repeating the oath of office in a private ceremony the day before a more lavish, public reenactment.
The intimate event was an adherence to tradition prompted by a quirk of the calendar. Under the Constitution, a president's term ends at noon Jan. 20. When that date falls on a Sunday, presidents have shifted the public ceremony a day and opted for a swearing-in at the White House.
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"Brief ceremony begins Obama's second term", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), janvier 2013. Consulté le 01/12/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/brief-ceremony-begins-obama-s-second-term