President Obama today was sworn in to serve for another four years as the 44th president of the United States.
Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath of office in the Blue Room of the White House. The president’s family and a small group of reporters were in attendance.
Obama took the oath on Michelle Obama’s family bible. The Robinson bible was held by the first lady.
The ceremony followed an appearance this morning by the Obamas at The Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington. The Rev. Ronald E. Braxton used the Obama campaign theme “Forward” as the theme of his sermon, which retold the story of Moses.
He urged Obama and others to not allow obstacles to interfere “Where forward is the only option.”
The preacher said: “I’m a witness that the God of Moses, with miraculous power, still moves on behalf of humankind,” adding “Forward was the only option.”