Hope restored: Obama takes oath of office again
posted at 9:00 pm on January 21, 2009 by Ed Morrissey
Apparently Barack Obama must read the blogs, or listen to constitutional lawyers on television. The new President took some free advice and re-took the oath of office today, just to be on the safe side:
Chief Justice John Roberts administered the presidential oath of office to Barack Obama for a second time Wednesday just to be on the safe side.
The unusual step came after Roberts flubbed the 35-word constitutionally prescribed oath a bit on Tuesday, causing Obama to repeat the wording differently than as prescribed in the Constitution.
The chief justice and the president handled the matter privately in the Map Room on Wednesday night. White House counsel Greg Craig said Obama retook the oath for the sake of caution.
The prospect of President Joe Biden must have caused Obama a sleepless night in his new residence. And as it turns out, Obama wasn’t the first president to flub the oath on Inauguration Day. Calvin Coolidge and Chester Arthur both had do-overs after fumbling the first attempt, the AP notes. I’m pretty sure that Obama has to feel some relief at not making history with this.
Now we can rest easy, with the specter of President Biden … or heaven forfend, President Pelosi … put to rest. I’m feeling HopeandChangey already!