The inauguration – take two

From the New York Times – “In 25 seconds, President Obama became president again.”

“Are you ready to take the oath?” Chief Justice Roberts said. “I am,” Mr. Obama replied. “And we’re going to do it very slowly.”

Heh.Adds The BBC report points out that it isn’t a first.

Two other presidents, Calvin Coolidge and Chester Arthur, have had to repeat the oath because of similar problems.

And Chief Justice William Taft introduced a new word into the oath when he swore in President Herbert Hoover in 1929, promising to “preserve, maintain and defend the Constitution”, instead of “preserve, protect and defend”.

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  • RepublicanStones

    Does this mean theres no need for another election in 4 years, he’s bagged himself two terms already 😉

  • joeCanuck

    Did Roberts do it deliberately wrong to throw Obama the first time. Obviously Obama knew it wasn’t right.

    Roberts’ payback for Obama voting against his appointment.

  • Pete Baker

    No conspiracy, joe.

    It was a cock-up, and not the first time for a Presidential oath.

  • RepublicanStones

    Indeed Pete, letting Dubya swear it once never mind twice was a cock-up !

  • Now Fox are on about the absence of a Bible in Take 2. Watch this space…. 😉

  • Pete Baker


    There is no space to watch.

  • Psychologically-speaking, Peter.

  • 6cp

    A fluffed swearing-in ceremony, a lousy cliché-ridden speech and now, we hear, a fake musical item. We’ve been conned. I wasted my whole afternoon on a bunch of posers!