President Barack Obama took the oath of office for the second straight day, capping a round of carefully-orchestrated inaugural events. On the Capitol's West Front inaugural platform President Obama again pledged to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution."
A few minutes before, Vice President Joe Biden was ceremonially sworn in to his second term . Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor administered the Oath of Office.
Though there was no suspense to the inaugural, observers across the political divide hailed the event as a testament to American democracy.
Tweeted IA GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley (@ChuckGrassley): "Mall is filled thousands as far as u can see".
But Inauguration Day wasn't free of partisan rancor. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Mitt Romney's 2012 running mate, faced a chorus of boos as entered the inaugural platform, Huffington Post reported. Back in 2005, Sen. John Kerry (MA), the losing 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, also faced boos when he emerged at President George W. Bush's second inauguration.
Politix reporting and via Huffington Post.