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Preparations for the second inauguration of President Barack Obama are underway with platforms being built and installed around the District. But even before that could happen, the specifics of the actual ceremony are a little different this time around.

When a President is sworn in, he selects who performs the ceremony. For the second time, President Obama has chosen Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to administer his oath of office.

The U.S. Constitution requires the swearing in be on Jan. 20, but this year, the 20th is on a Sunday, so it won't be public. Chief Justice Roberts will administer the official oath of office at the White House on the required date with a public ceremony on Monday, Jan. 21 at the Capitol. Roberts will do that swearing-in as well.

Vice President Joe Biden will be sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

This will be the 57th presidential swearing in ceremony in U.S. history.

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