The White House is preparing for another inauguration.
This one will span two days, with an official swearing in on the day required under the Constitution, Sunday the 20th, and a ceremonial swearing in outside the Capitol on Monday the 21st, the day on which the Martin Luther King federal holiday will be recognized.
These, as we’ve noted before, mark the third and fourth oaths of office for President Barack Obama, the nation’s first African-American president, who delivered one oath in public in January 2009 and other in private after Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts botched the lines in the first take.
The president is inviting a crowd, with the turnout expected to fall somewhat short of the million and a half people who filled the National Mall on Jan. 20, 2009. The inaugural committee has posted its first video with scenes and outtakes from that celebration:
“What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility,” Obama said four years ago.
Four former presidents serve as the honorary co-chairs of the inaugural committee — Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. The committee also is led by Ambassador Martin Barzun, national finance chair of Obama’s re-election campaign. actress Eva Longoria and others. And, this time, Obama is accepting corporate contributions.