US President Barack Obama took the oath of office to begin his second term at a simple ceremony stripped of the hope and historic promise that greeted his inauguration four years ago.
US President Barack Obama is officially sworn-in by Chief Justice John Roberts in the Blue Room of the White House during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington on January 20, 2013. Next to Obama are (L-R) First Lady Michelle Obama, holding the family bible, and daughters Malia and Sasha.
Pageantry will come on Monday, when Obama retakes the oath in public at the US Capitol, but the brief swearing-in ritual at the White House epitomized the diminished resonance of a presidency unfolding in grinding economic times.
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