WASHINGTON, (UPI) — Barack Obama, standing before a sea of people under sunny skies at the nation’s Capitol, was inaugurated to his second term as president of the United States.
“Congratulations, Mr. President,” Chief Justice John Roberts said after he administered the oath.
Associate Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomyor administered the oath of office to Vice President Joe Biden.
“Congratulations,” she said after administering the oath.
“Good job,” Obama told Biden.
Hundreds of red, white and blue flags welcomed Obama as he walked onto the West Side of the Capitol.
Obama, wearing a black overcoat, white shirt and blue tie, made his way through the crowd, greeting people as he walked.
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., chairman of the joint inauguration committee, welcomed everyone within earshot to the “celebration of our great democracy.”
Schumer thanked the armed forces “for your bravery, your honor your sacrifice.”
To those who doubt whether America can survive its differences and events, Schumer asked the crowd to remember that Americans have always been “and still are a practical, optimistic and problem-solving people.”
“America always rises to the occasion,” he said. “America prevails and America prospers. It is a good moment to rejoice today, and it is the perfect moment to renew our collective faith in the future of America.”
Delivering the invocation, civil rights activist Myrlie Evers-Williams asked for blessings for “all who contribute to the essence of the American spirit, the American dream.”
“We ask for your guidance toward the light of deliverance,” she said.
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., called the inauguration “a moment millions stop and watch.”