Sen. Charles E. Schumer, chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, referred to the president as Barack H. Obama in his introductory remarks for the public swearing-in ceremony.
“I think the tradition is that they use all three names, and I will follow the tradition,” Mr. Obama told the Chicago Tribune in 2009. “I’m not trying to make a statement one way or another. I’ll do what everybody else does.”
UPDATED: The initial post incorrectly stated the president did not use his middle name in taking the oath of office.
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