Obama’s Fourth Oath of Office: Inauguration Day 2013

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U.S. President Barack Obama, left, is sworn in as wife Michelle holds up the same bible used by former President Abraham Lincoln, during the inauguration ceremony at the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 20, 2009.

There’s only one president who has been sworn in as many times as President Barack Obama will be sworn in as chief executive of the nation on the public Inauguration Day of Jan. 21, 2013.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Steve Kerrigan, chief executive of the Presidential Inaugural Committee, noted the historical tie today at a briefing.

Roosevelt, of course, was elected president four times (1932, ’36, ’40 and ’44).

Obama, only twice (2008 and ’12).

But in January 2009, Obama stood for a privately issued second oath of office at the White House, because Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts botched the words in the public ceremony at the Capitol.

And in January 2013, the public inauguration will come the day after the Constitutional requirement for a Jan. 20 start of the president’s term because the 20th is a Sunday. Obama plans an initial, private oath of office at the White House on the 20th.

That will also provide Roberts a dress rehearsal.


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