Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Mulligan

Obama took the oath of office again last night just to be safe...

White House Counsel Greg Craig released this statement:
"We believe that the oath of office was administered effectively and that the President was sworn in appropriately yesterday. But the oath appears in the Constitution itself. And out of an abundance of caution, because there was one word out of sequence, Chief Justice Roberts administered the oath a second time."
The pool report has great details of how it took place:

At 7:35 pm, Roberts administered the oath of office again to Obama in the map room.

"We decided it was so much fun..." Obama joked while sitting on a couch.

Obama stood and walked over to make small talk with pool as Roberts donned his black robe.

"Are you ready to take the oath?" Roberts asked.

"I am, and we're going to do it very slowly," Obama replied.

Oath took 25 seconds. After a flawless recitation, Roberts smiled and said, "Congratulations, again."

Obama said, "Thank you, sir."

Smattering of applause.

"All right." Obama said. "The bad news for the pool is there's 12 more balls."
Interestingly, Fox News said that it was Obama's mishap on the oath, while MSNBC said it was Chief Justice John Roberts' fault. It was both mens first inauguartion.

1 comment:

Chris said...

When I watched it live on TV I assumed that Chief Justice Roberts had simply given the oath in an awkward cadence. It did cross my mind to wonder if the conservative justice gave the oath awkwardly on purpose to throw President Obama off his stride.

It was on a rerun that I noticed the discrepancy in the wording. The announcer (Charlie Gibson) mentioned that Justice Roberts had apologized for the miscue. I was happy to know that it was simply a bobbled phrase -- the President didn't make a mistake, and the Justice wasn't acting out of malice.

An honest error, honestly fixed.