Obama, Biden sworn in at intimate ceremonies

WASHINGTON (AP) — On the cusp of his second term, President Barack Obama solemnly honored the nation’s fallen soldiers Sunday before taking the oath of office in an intimate White House ceremony, a swearing-in ritual he will repeat 24 hours later before a massive crowd at the Capitol.The day began with a morning swearing-in ceremony for Vice President Joe Biden, committing him to four more years as the nation’s second in command. Biden then joined the president at Arlington National Cemetery for a wreath-laying ceremony on a crisp, sun-splashed January day.Obama and Biden jointly placed a large wreath, adorned with red, white and blue ribbon, in front of Arlington’s Tomb of the Unknowns. Placing their hands over their hearts, the two leaders stood solemnly as a bugle played “Taps.”Shortly before noon, Obama was to be sworn in for his second term in office. Only a small group of family members was expected to attend Obama’s Sunday swearing-in, including first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha.Biden was surrounded by family and friends for his brief swearing-in at the Naval Observatory, his official residence in northwest Washington. Justice Sonia Sotomayor, appointed by Obama as the first Hispanic to serve on the Supreme Court, administered the oath of office to Biden, who placed his hand on a Bible his family has used since 1893.Continue Reading…

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Obama, Biden sworn in at intimate ceremonies

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