Jan 21 2013 By Cheryl Mullin
LAYING his left hand on bibles once owned by Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr, Barack Obama will later take the oath of office as he is publicly sworn in for a second term as the 44th president of the United States.
President Obama was officially inaugurated during a private ceremony at the White House yesterday afternoon. The intimate swearing-in met the legal requirement that presidents officially take office on January 20.
Because that date fell on a Sunday this year, the traditional public ceremonies surrounding the start of a president’s term will take place today.
Join our live blog from 3pm, as a day of festivities, parades and fancy dress balls mark the beginning of Mr Obama’s second four-year term as America’s first black president.