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Obama's official swearing-in will be private

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Because next year’s inauguration falls on a Sunday, President Obama will hold only a small, private swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 20, and will hold a big public redo the next day.

The Inaugural Committee announced Thursday that activities will last three days: a day of service on Saturday, the small private ceremony on Sunday, and the public swearing-in, parade and balls on Monday.

The committee said that the small ceremony is a tradition for inaugurations that fall on Sundays.

It will be the second time Mr. Obama has had two swearing-in ceremonies, after Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. botched the oath in 2009, leading them to hold a do-over in the White House.

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