The American public spoke on election day this past November, electing President Barack Obama for a second term as Commander in Chief.
On Inauguration Day, President Obama will be sworn in for the world to see. The ceremony generally follows a morning worship service and then the official reading and acceptance of the oath on the steps of the Capitol building. The Vice President takes his own Oath of Office on the same day.
This year's public inauguration will take place on Monday, Jan. 21. However, because by law the President must take his Oath of Office by noon on Jan. 20, which happens to be a Sunday in 2013, President Obama will take his oath in a private ceremony that morning. The following day will be for the cameras only.
The President will repeat these official words of the oath:
"I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States."
When the ceremony is over, the President then gives his inaugural address to the nation.