Actually sworn in Sunday

Posted: January 21, 2013

WASHINGTON - With a quick and simple swearing-in ceremony at the White House, President Obama ended his first term in office Sunday and embarked on another four years of leadership.

The president stood next to his wife, Michelle, and their daughters, Sasha and Malia. Chief Justice John Roberts administered the 35-word oath, more smoothly than he did four years ago, in front of cameras and a small group of Obama's family and friends.

The intimate ceremony was a quirk of the calendar and an adherence to tradition. The 20th Amendment to the Constitution states that a president's term ends at noon Jan. 20. When that date falls on the Sunday, presidents have delayed the public ceremony a day and were sworn in at the White House.

The final hours of Obama's first term were filled with quiet moments and reflection.

The president began his day at Arlington National Cemetery, where he and Vice President Joe Biden laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

From there, the president and his wife, infrequent churchgoers, made a rare visit to a historically black church, Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal, the oldest A.M.E church in the nation's capital.

- Daily News wire services

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