Swearing-In Ceremony for President Barack H. Obama
Fifty-Seventh Inaugural Ceremonies, January 21, 2013
The United States Marine Band
PS 22, Staten Island, New York and Lee University Festival Choir, Cleveland, Tennessee
Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks
- Charles E. Schumer
Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
Vice Presidential Oath of Office
Administered to Joseph R. Biden Jr. by the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Presidential Oath of Office
Administered to Barack H. Obama by the Honorable John G. Roberts Jr., Chief Justice of the United States.
- Bible Used:
‘ Vice President Biden, Mr.’
Read the address
(Time: 18 minutes, 42 seconds; Words: 2089)
The Reverend Dr. Luis Leon
The National Anthem
Noon conditions: Temperature: 40°. Mostly cloudy with broken mid and high clouds. South winds around 10 mph. Turned colder and breezy during the evening behind an arctic cold front.
Facts, Firsts & Precedents
Theme: Faith in America’s Future
“Faith in America’s Future” commemorates the United States’ perseverance and unity and marks the sesquicentennial year of the placement of the Statue of Freedom atop the new Capitol Dome in 1863. When the Civil War threatened to bring construction of the Dome to a halt, workers pressed onward, even without pay, until Congress approved additional funding to complete the Dome that would become a symbol of unity and democracy to the entire world.
Slideshow and Videos
Inaugural Ceremonies for Barack Obama, January 20, 2013
Chairman Schumer Makes Apple Pie
2013 Platform Construction
Every four years the Inaugural platform is constructed entirely from scratch. Watch a slideshow of the 2013 platform being built.