Former American Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton were at the Capitol this morning (Monday January 21) for President Barack Obama's swearing-in to a second term in office. They are the only living Democrats to have been President before Mr. Obama.
President Clinton was accompanied by his wife Hillary, who will end her post as Obama's Secretary of State as the President's second term gets underway, The Associated Press reports. Former Massachusetts Senator John Kerry will be sworn in as the new Secretary of State on Thursday January 24 at 10 am.
Former Republican Republican Presidents George HW Bush and George W Bush were not in attendance, USA Today reports. This is the first time since 1997 George HW Bush has had to miss the inaugural events. He was recently released from the hospital for bronchitis and a "stubborn" fever.
President Carter was inaugurated for his term as President of the United States exactly 36 years ago today. He was in good spirits this morning as TMZ reporters caught up with him and his wife Rosalynn as they arrived in DC.
They asked the former President if he was excited to see Beyonce perform later and he happily replied, "I really am....I'm looking forward to it. And also the President," he joked. President Carter was also asked if he was excited about seeing Jay-Z. "Absolutely," he replied.
Meanwhile, President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden took quiet oaths Sunday January 20, the day before the public ceremonies, CNN reports.
President Clinton was inaugurated for his second term on January 20, 1997.