US PRESIDENT BARACK Obama will be publicly sworn in for a second term later today with hundreds of thousands of people expected to descend on Washington for the event.
Preparations for the 57th presidential inauguration have been under way for the past few days with Obama having been officially sworn in yesterday as is required under the US Constitution.
Crowds are expected to gather on the Mall leading to the west steps of the US Congress on Capitol Hill ahead of his public swearing in by the US Supreme Court justice John Roberts just before 5pm Irish time.
Obama will then deliver an inaugural address, sign nomination papers for his Cabinet and have an inaugural lunch in Statuary Hall at the US Capitol.
Later he will watch an inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Avenue.
Analysts do not expect the nearly 2 million people that were in Washington for the inauguration of America’s first black president four years ago.
Floats that will be taking part in the inaugural parade have been worked on in recent days.