Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Obama has retaken the oath of office

Both Barack Obama and John Roberts screwed up the oath of office on Tuesday. After Obama caught the Chief Justice's mistake and Roberts corrected himself, Obama did not exactly repeat Roberts' correction. The end result was that Obama said the oath of office incorrectly.

I was hoping that they would redo it, to eliminate the prospect of historians debating whether Barack Obama was really the first black president. It turns out that they have:
President Obama retook his oath of office Wednesday after Chief Justice John Roberts flubbed while delivering it at Tuesday's inauguration.

The second oath — also administered by Roberts — took place at 7:35 p.m. Wednesday in the White House's Map Room. ...

The do-over was aimed at dispelling any confusion that might arise from Tuesday's take — in which "faithfully" was said out of sequence — and erase any question that Obama is legally the president. ...

The Constitution sets out the language that should be used in the oath: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
Now historians and legal scholars can debate which day Barack Obama became president.

I feel sorry for Roberts. Everyone makes mistakes, but historians will remember this mistake for as long as America exists.

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