Sasha Obama, the younger of the President's daughters, offered a heartfelt congratulations to her father on the occasion of his second inauguration on Sunday (video embedded). It was the official inauguration, with the public festivities tobe held on Monday, Jan. 21, which is also Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
The Constitution mandates that the official swearing-in ceremony take place on Jan. 20, and with that, President Obama took his second official oath of office in a small, private ceremony at the White House. The event was open to a limited number of media representatives, and the only guests were his immediate family, First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia, 14, and Sasha, 11. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts presided.
After reciting the oath, Obama was first congratulated by the Chief Justice, who said “Congratulations, Mr. President." Obama replied, “Thank you, Mr. Chief Justice, thank you so much."
The President then hugged his wife and his children. Sasha said succinctly, “Good job, Daddy.” “I did it,” he replied.
Earlier that same morning, Vice President Joe Biden was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Obama and Biden then attended the traditional wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery before the president’s own inauguration.
Following the public ceremony tomorrow, there will be an inaugural lunch and parade.
The President's inauguration seemed to go smoother than his first. Due to several mistakes during the ceremony made by both Roberts and Obama, constitutional scholars recommended a second, private ceremony be held, which was done.