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January 22, 2009

B.Hussein Obama Does Do-Over of Presidential Oath

Obama takes presidential oath again after stumble


After the flub heard around the world, President Barack Obama has taken the oath of office. Again. Chief Justice John Roberts delivered the oath to Obama on Wednesday night at the White House — a rare do-over. The surprise moment came in response to Tuesday's much-noticed stumble.

Don't worry, the White House says: Obama has still been president since noon on Inauguration Day.

Nevertheless, Obama and Roberts went through the drill again out of what White House counsel Greg Craig called "an abundance of caution."

This time, the scene was the White House Map Room in front of a small group of reporters, not the Capitol platform before the whole watching world.

"We decided that because it was so much fun ...," Obama joked to reporters who followed press secretary Robert Gibbs into the room. No TV camera crews or news photographers were allowed in. A few of Obama's closest aides were there, along with a White House photographer.

Roberts put on his black robe.

"Are you ready to take the oath?" he said.

"Yes, I am," Obama said. "And we're going to do it very slowly."

Roberts then led Obama through the oath without any missteps.

The president said he did not have his Bible with him, but that the oath was binding anyway.

The original, bungled version on Tuesday caught observers by surprise and then got replayed on cable news shows.

It happened when Obama interrupted Roberts midway through the opening line, in which the president repeats his name and solemnly swears.

Craig, the White House lawyer, said in a statement Wednesday evening: "We believe the oath of office was administered effectively and that the president was sworn in appropriately yesterday. Yet the oath appears in the Constitution itself. And out of the abundance of caution, because there was one word out of sequence, Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the oath a second time."

The Constitution is clear about the exact wording of the oath and as a result, some constitutional experts have said that a do-over probably wasn't necessary but also couldn't hurt. Two other previous presidents have repeated the oath because of similar issues, Calvin Coolidge and Chester A. Arthur.

Wild Thing's comment.........

It looks odd without the Bible, more like a high five.

Lincoln wasn’t too happy with his Bible being used. Otherwise saying the oath would had gone smoothly. heh heh

Posted by Wild Thing at January 22, 2009 03:47 AM


Too bad Roberts didn't first say, "present your birth certificate as proof of citizenship first". Obama's grandmother is still insisting that he was born in Kenya and she witnessed his birth.

Posted by: BobF at January 22, 2009 09:55 AM

Just another prime example of the closed door and hushed agenda. Stalin is smiling up at him.

Posted by: Jack at January 22, 2009 10:30 AM

Ha! Why am I not surprised.? No rea birth real oath to the office!

Posted by: Steve Gaston at January 22, 2009 02:43 PM

Too bad the country can't have a do-over of the November 4, 2008 election.

Posted by: Les at January 22, 2009 04:30 PM

What a dickwad!

Posted by: cuchieddie at January 22, 2009 04:30 PM

ANOTHER screw up...NO BIBLE? Guess the family KORAN was available but ...?
BIBLE: Basic Information Before Leaving Earth!

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at January 22, 2009 07:27 PM

BobF, yes they sure don't want to do anything about that, I will always be disappointed in the Judges for not doing what they should have done about that. They had a lot of chances.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 22, 2009 07:53 PM

Jack, Stalin must be very proud.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 22, 2009 07:57 PM