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Vice President Biden takes the oath of office



Vice President Joe Biden is now in his second term.  Biden took the official oath of office at the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. shortly before 7:30 a.m. CST.  

Justice Sonia Sotomayor, appointed by Obama as the first Hispanic to serve on the Supreme Court, administered the oath of office to Biden, who placed his hand on a Bible his family has used since 1893.

Among the 120 guests on hand to witness the vice president's second swearing-in were Attorney General Eric Holder, departing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and several Democratic lawmakers.

President Barack Obama will take his official oath of office around 11:00 a.m. Iowa time, using the First Lady's bible.  It will be broadcast in an NBC Special Report.

While the official swearing in ceremonies are today, the public celebration will happen in Washington, D.C. tomorrow.  President Obama will use bibles belonging to President Abraham Lincoln and civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

A crowd of up to 800,000 people is expected to gather on the National Mall to witness that event, which will take place on the Capitol's red, white and blue bunting-draped west front. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who famously flubbed the oath of office that Obama took in 2009, will swear the president in both days.

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