Obama takes oath of office again

January 22nd, 2009 - 11:42 am ICT by IANS  

Barack ObamaWashington, Jan 22 (IANS) US President Barack Obama had to take the oath of office again Wednesday as Chief Justice John Roberts had misplaced the word “faithfully” in the earlier oath, a media report said.San Francisco Chronicle reported that “Barack Obama took the advice of constitutional lawyers and retook the oath of office Wednesday that Chief Justice John Roberts flubbed the first time around”.

Roberts re-administered the oath privately Wednesday evening at 7:30 in the White House Map Room. White House counsel Greg Craig said Obama took the oath from Roberts again out of an “abundance of caution”, the report said.

The oath took 25 seconds and went flawlessly, at which point Roberts said, “Congratulations, again”.

The report said: “Roberts had initially misplaced the word ‘faithfully’, perhaps rattled after Obama jumped the gun a bit in reciting the first words back. Obama paused at Roberts’ mistake, which Roberts then corrected, but Obama then repeated the words as Roberts first said them. Obama, who himself has taught constitutional law, said later that there was ‘a lot going on’ at the historic moment.”

Two previous presidents, Chester Arthur and Calvin Coolidge, retook their oaths under similar circumstances.

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