Thursday, January 22, 2009

Do Over

Yesterday evening President Obama(damn, that's fun to type) re-took the oath of office after he and Chief Justice Roberts got a bit befuddled the first time. This was probably unnecessary, but since there were already some right-wing jerk-offs saying he wasn't really president, it was a good move. Here's the CNN story.(and thanks to Chris for pointing this out)

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Obama retook his oath of office Wednesday after Chief Justice John Roberts flubbed while delivering it at Tuesday's inauguration.
President Barack Obama takes the oath of office -- his second in two days -- in the White House on Wednesday.

The second oath -- also administered by Roberts -- took place at 7:35 p.m. Wednesday in the White House's Map Room. Roberts asked Obama whether he was ready.

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

The do-over was aimed at dispelling any confusion that might arise from Tuesday's take -- in which "faithfully" was said out of sequence -- and erase any question that Obama is legally the president.

However, per the Constitution, Obama became president at noon Tuesday without taking the oath.

"We believe that the oath of office was administered effectively and that the president was sworn in appropriately yesterday," White House counsel Greg Craig said Wednesday in a written statement.

"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 statement read.


flurrious said...

Of course now the same morons will be claiming that everything Obama did yesterday before the second swearing-in was illegal because he wasn't President at the time and they'll also say the second swearing-in doesn't count because there was no Bible (or at the very least proves he really is a Muslim, which they will likely spell "muslin.")

I wish they hadn't done it. It wasn't necessary and it gives credibility to internet nonsense.

Jakob said...

He's not Muslim. He's clearly Muslix.

celebhith said...

Correct! According to Amendment XXII of the Constitution, the President takes office at 12:00 noon on Jan. 20. As was explained on t.v. this morning, if an incident occurred at 11:59 a.m., it would have been on Bush's watch, not Obama's. Taking the oath is, in fact, not mandatory.