WASHINGTON - JANUARY 20: U.S President Barack Obama (L) takes the oath of office as first lady Michelle Obama holds the bible in the Blue Room of the White House January 20, 2013 in Washington, DC. Obama and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden were officially sworn in a day before the ceremonial inaugural swearing-in. (Photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images)
Monday, Jan 21, 2013 Updated at 1:03 PM CDT
The next step of Barack Obama's presidential journey came at 11 a.m. Monday, when Obama stood outside the Capitol, placed his left hand on Bibles used by Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr. and took the ceremonial oath of office.
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