Our President: A relaxed President Barack Obama is sworn into his second term in office at his inauguration, as his wife Michelle looks on President Obama's wife and daughters, Sasha and Malia, look on as he is sworn into office by Chief Justice John G. Roberts
The Obamas cheer and laugh with Beyonce after she finishes her spectacular performance at the inauguration ceremony
The crowd erupted into cheers as the grinning president took to the stage on Monday morning, following his wife Michelle, former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senators and other officials.
President Obama embraced members of the crowd and greeted his wife and daughters, Sasha and Malia, who were dressed smartly in brightly-coloured winter coats, before the ceremony got underway at 11.30 a.m.
Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers, delivered the invocation at the opening of the ceremony, delivering a message of hope and unity for the country as Obama bowed his head in prayer. 'May all your people, especially the least of these, flourish in our blessed nation,' she said before the crowd. 'We celebrate the spirit of our ancestors, that has allowed us to move from a nation of unborn hopes and disenfranchised hopes to today's expression of a more perfect union. 'We are strong, fierce in our strength, and ever vigilante in our pursuit of freedom.'
Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic woman to sit on the Supreme Court, then swore in Joe Biden as Vice President, using the Biden family bible. After performances by musical stars Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor, the ceremony concluded and the Obamas, Biden and his wife Jill, left for a congressional luncheon.
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