Washington (CNN) – The official business of the 57th inauguration commenced on Sunday with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden completing their oaths of office, quietly satisfying the constitutional obligation to be sworn in on January 20.
The presidential and vice presidential swearings-in took place a day before Obama and Biden take their public oaths at the Capitol in front of hundreds of thousands gathered on the National Mall.
Obama’s swearing-in took place during a private ceremony in the White House’s ornate Blue Room, where he was joined by his wife, Michelle, and his two daughters.
Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath to Obama. Justice Sonia Sotomayor performed the honors for Biden at his home at the Naval Observatory in Washington.
Biden was sworn in under a painting by American artist N.C. Wyeth of Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural – an event remembered for the 16th president’s solemn address.
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