Since Chief Justice Roberts and Obama screwed up the Presidential Oath of Office on inauguration day, they decided to do it over today.
This time there was no bible, no TV cameras, and no news people.
Obama and Roberts went through the drill again out of what White House counsel Greg Craig called "an abundance of caution."
This time, the scene was the White House Map Room in front of a small group of reporters, not the Capitol platform before the whole watching world.
"We decided that because it was so much fun ...," Obama joked to reporters who followed press secretary Robert Gibbs into the room. No TV camera crews or news photographers were allowed in.
Roberts put on his black robe.
"Are you ready to take the oath?" he said.
"Yes, I am," Obama said. "And we're going to do it very slowly."
Roberts then led Obama through the oath without any missteps.
The president said he did not have his Bible with him, but that the oath was binding anyway. ....
Craig, the White House lawyer, said in a statement Wednesday evening: "We believe the oath of office was administered effectively and that the president was sworn in appropriately yesterday. Yet the oath appears in the Constitution itself. And out of the abundance of caution, because there was one word out of sequence, Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the oath a second time."
The Constitution is clear about the exact wording of the oath and as a result, some constitutional experts have said that a do-over probably wasn't necessary but also couldn't hurt. Two other previous presidents have repeated the oath because of similar issues, Calvin Coolidge and Chester A. Arthur.
Article 2, Section 1, Clause 8 of the Constitution states:
"Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:
"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."
I suppose they didn't want to take any chances that Obama wasn't really president as a result of the flub. Of course, he still hasn't produced documents to prove his natural born status and no hospital in Hawaii has a record of his birth. Funny how the cable news media has been lately making a point of mentioning his "Hawaiian birth". The hoax continues and there are still legal suits pending.
Interesting how Obama is spending tons of money to fight having to offer up proof. Interesting too how he fails to offer up his own documents even as he changes FOIA rules to make government more transparent.