Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Obama Presidential Oath II: Retake of Oath Goes Fine

"Oath Is Administered Once Again"
The New York Times (January 21, 2009)

"WASHINGTON – President Obama was re-administered the oath of office on Wednesday evening by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., one day after the two men stumbled over each other's words during the inauguration.

"Mr. Obama and Mr. Roberts stood in the Map Room of the White House at 7:35 p.m. and recited the oath before a small group of advisers and a handful of reporters...."

After yesterday's stumbles in the presidential oath (""I will execute the office of president" - no, wait - "I will faithfully execute...": Obama Oath Bloopers"), it's probably just as well to take "an abundance of caution," and do the oath over again.

The TimesOnline pointed out that this is a case of 'been there, done that:' Calvin Coolidge and Chester Arthur re-took their oaths, for about the same reason.

This presidential do-over is starting to hit the news: My guess is that by next week there will be some odd explanations floating around, about the 'Real Reason' that the oath was repeated. Someone may even float the idea that the second oath was really something secret and sinister.

As a rule, I don't take conspiracy theories very seriously. But that's for another post.

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