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Oath of Office, Stated a Second Time by President Obama

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Millions upon millions of people throughout the world watched the inauguration of Barack Obama on January 20, 2009. What they witnessed is what they thought was a screw-up by President Obama when he took the oath of office. The words were mumbled by the President, as Chief Justice John Roberts had to repeat the oath for Obama to finish. It turns out that President Obama was not the culprit here. Apparently Chief Justice John Roberts, caught up in the moment of such a historical moment, tried to dictate the oath by heart, and announced it incorrectly. President Obama appeared startled at the moment and didn't immediately repeat what the Chief Justice said, because it was incorrect. Somehow, they got through the moment.
Yesterday, President Obama went through the swearing-in ritual again, to dispell any idea that he was not President because the vow was said wrong. It just so happens that when he originally took the oath of office as President of the United States, he was already President. You may not know that the oath is not the requirement to become President. That may surprise many people, but the fact is that President Bush's term ended promptly at 12:01PM on January 20th, and at that moment, Barack Obama became President. He was officially President of the United States for at least 10 minutes before he repeated the oath incorrectly with Chief Justice John Roberts.
The oath was repeated to get rid of the idea that he was not President of the United States because the oath was incorrectly stated. Originally, the chief justice mixed up the order of the words.
The following is exactly how the oath of office was to be said by President Obama.... "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". After the oath, the President has the option to say "So help me God".
Appearently, the misquote by the Chief Justice threw off the president, but he realized the problem and then followed the Chief Justice as he dictated the oath.
Chief Justice Roberts made no apologies publicly, but it should be noted that this screw-up will forever be remembered as the first words that Obama uttered as President, and the misquote was not his fault. 


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