Obama Takes Private Oath with Family, Before Public Celebration
President meets the constitutional deadline for second swearing in
“You didn’t mess up,” first daughter Sasha Obama told her dad, President Barack Obama, who Sunday took the oath of office in a private ceremony with a handful of family members. Only Michelle Obama, holding the Robinson family Bible, and the Obamas’s daughters, Malia and Sasha, stood beside the president at the White House as he recited the 35-word oath. About a dozen other members of the Obama family were off camera, The New York Times reports. The oath was administered by Chief Justice John Roberts, who fours years ago had to administer it twice because he (and Obama) fumbled some of the phrasing. The public will get to see a grander swearing in on Monday, during the inaugural ceremonies. View video of the private ceremony in the player above.