BY | January 21, 2013

President Barack Hussain Obama has taken the oath of his second term in the White House as the all powerful President of United States of America. He starts his second inning in the office when there is unprecedented crisis in Algeria and Mali where France has attacked Islamist militants and United States, UK, Russia and Canada are supporting it with logistics, if not with manpower.

The hostage crisis in Algeria was just over when he took the oath of the office where Al Qaeda affiliated terror organisation, protesting against French intervention in Mali, were killed along with dozens of hostages from different nations including Japan, Netherlands, UK besides several other nations including the US. Though United States and UK have fully sided with the government of Algeria on tough action against terrorists, many governments including those of Japan have protested the reckless army action that ended with the killing of hostages. The situation in Mali is still evolving and it is too early to predict as to whether US will have to send its troops there or not.

Meanwhile the inauguration of Obama’s first term was sans fanfare. The grand show on the national mall to mark President Barack Obama’s second inauguration is set for Monday, but he officially began his second innings with a quiet ceremony at the White House Sunday. Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath of office to Obama in the Blue Room of the White House – before live television cameras but without a public audience – shortly before noon when his first term ended officially.

Obama is now the part of a select league of US presidents. Since Jan 20, the designated inauguration day in the Constitution happens to be a Sunday, he will take the oath again Monday on the steps of the Capitol with all the pomp and ceremony watched by some 800,000 Americans now converging on the capital. Ronald Reagan was the last president to do the same, for his second inauguration in 1985. Before him Dwight D. Eisenhower did so in 1957. Obama Sunday joined not only the fraternity of 21 second-term presidents, but the even more exclusive group of seven presidents whose inaugurations have fallen on a Sunday.

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