Obama takes oath for crowd

He starts term with unity call

Posted: January 22, 2013 at 12:50 a.m.

President Barack Obama receives the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts (not seen) as Michelle Obama holds Bibles on Monday at the ceremonial swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th presidential inauguration in Washington. The top Bible, which Obama used in his inauguration in 2009, belonged to Abraham Lincoln. The bottom one was Martin Luther King Jr.’s.

Turning the page on years of war and recession, President Barack Obama summoned a divided nation Monday to act with “passion and dedication ” to broaden equality and prosperity at home, nurture democracy around the world and combat global warming as he embarked on a second term before a vast and cheering crowd that spilled down the historic National Mall.

Obama takes ceremonial oath of office

Placing his hand on two Bibles, one used by President Abraham Lincoln at his first Inauguration and one used by the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., President Barack Obama took a public oath of office on Monday. (By AP)
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