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Inauguration Day in Washington

Barack Obama was publicly sworn in for his second term as US president on Monday. The official ceremony began at the West Front of US Capitol at 11.30 am (6.30 pm Bucharest time). Hundreds of thousands flocked to Washington for the event, which featured music from Beyonce, parades, black tie balls and tight security, the BBC reported. They public gathered in front of the Mall to see the president sworn in on the steps of the Capitol. Mr Obama was officially inaugurated in a small White House ceremony on Sunday, as the US Constitution requires the president be sworn in by 20 January. In the famous Blue Room, he rested his hand on a Bible used for many years by his wife’s family and vowed “to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States”. In the famous Blue Room, he rested his hand on a Bible used for many years by his wife’s family and vowed “to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States”.He was due to repeat those words at Monday’s public inauguration, in which he was also expected to use part of his address to outline his plans for the next four years.Speaking at a reception for supporters late on Sunday, Mr Obama suggested he would dwell on the “common good” and the “goodness, the resilience, neighbourliness, the patriotism,” of Americans. “What we are celebrating is not the election or the swearing in of the president, what we are doing is celebrating each other and celebrating this incredible nation that we call home,” Mr Obama said, according to news agency AFP.Mr Obama will, by the end of Monday, have taken the oath four times – as many as President Franklin D Roosevelt. Four years ago, Mr Obama had to repeat the oath privately to make sure all constitutional obligations were met after tripping over the words. In the famous Blue Room, he rested his hand on a Bible used for many years by his wife’s family and vowed “to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States”.

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