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Obama's Last Day as President

When Barack Obama's Second Term Ends


President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama

Barack H. Obama is sworn into a second term as president of the United States on the West Front of the Capitol in 2013. U.S. presidents are not elegible to serve third terms.

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President Barack Obama's last day as president will be January 20, 2017, which is a Friday. Obama's last full day in the White House will be on Jan. 19, 2017, which is a Thursday.

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The next president will be chosen in the 2016 election and be sworn into office at noon on Jan. 20, 2017. That day is called Inauguration Day.

Obama's Last Day

The date of the presidential swearing-in and conclusion of a president's term is set by the Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution.

Under the terms of the Twentieth Amendment, Obama's second term ends at noon on Jan. 20, 2017. The first term of Obama's successor begins upon the swearing-in ceremony at that time.

When Obama Was Sworn In

Obama was sworn into a second term on Jan. 20, 2013, after easily defeating Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.

Why Obama Can Serve Only Two Terms

Obama, like all U.S. presidents, cannot serve a third term in the White House because of the Constitution's 22nd Amendment, even though many conspiracy theorists believe Obama will try to remain president beyond his eight years in office.

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