A First In Presidential History

If you thought history was made on inauguration day...it was made again Wednesday night.

If you thought history was made on inauguration day...it was made again Wednesday night.  President Barack Obama took the oath of office for a second time.

The "Do-Over" came after Chief Justice John Roberts flubbed the oath a bit on Tuesday, causing Obama to repeat the wording differently than as prescribed in the Constitution.

Justice Roberts administered the oath again just to be on the safe side.

White House counsel Greg Craig said Obama took the oath from Roberts again out of an "abundance of caution."

The chief justice and the president handled the matter privately in the Map Room on Wednesday night.

The conspiracy theories have got to be flying!

 

 

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  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Feb 3, 2009 at 07:34 AM
    Sally is correct. We do not have a black president. The man is bi-racial. He became President at 12 noon, oath or not. I'm sure some are in denial that we do not have a black president.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Feb 1, 2009 at 05:05 AM
    Well Dave, it's good to know you do actually read the responses.
  • by Dave Jordan Location: WITN on Jan 29, 2009 at 05:30 PM
    The Presidential oath has been re-administered a total of three times. This is the first time it had to be done because it was flubbed during the inauguration. The other two times involved Chester Arthur and Calvin Coolidge. Arthur was Vice President and became President when James Garfield died. Arthur took the oath of office in his Manhattan home and then again upon his return to Washington two days later. Vice President Coolidge was visiting family in Vermont when he was informed of President Harding's death. His father, a notary public, administered the oath of office in the family's parlor. Coolidge returned to Washington the next day, and was re-sworn by Justice A. A. Hoehling of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia. Never has a President had to re-take the oath of office because the administration felt there were questionable circumstances surrounding the oath, real or perceived, until now. That's a first in Presidential history.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 29, 2009 at 03:11 AM
    IT IS NOT THE FIRST TIME SOMEONE HAS HAD TO TAKE THE OATH A SECOND TIME
  • by Jim Location: Raleigh on Jan 27, 2009 at 12:16 PM
    This is a first in history, and it is not transparent as advertised by the new president. Another lie.
  • by David Location: Pinetown on Jan 26, 2009 at 06:43 AM
    I wish everyone would get off of this so called african-American president. If he was born in America , guess what , he's American. If he was born in africa , you got it, he'd be african , and would not be able to run for president ! Sally from Washington is right , he's neither black or white but somewhere in between .
  • by Blake Location: NC on Jan 25, 2009 at 09:29 PM
    VBush, considering MSNBC even did a hit piece on the cost of his inauguration with the wrong facts and an independent 'media fact checker' group had to correct them on it, no, I can't see a difference.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Jan 25, 2009 at 12:23 PM
    Blake, lets just say for a moment that your numbers are correct and mine are wrong....can you actually argue the difference in the tone by the media's text? Input any numbers you want to, they are not the actual issue. Vitriol versus an obvious love affair by the supposed champions of objectivity. Hooey!
  • by Blake Location: NC on Jan 25, 2009 at 10:58 AM
    VBush, please get your facts straight and stop misleading people on how much the difference is between the cost of Bush and Obama. The federal and D.C. government spent a total of $115.5 million on Bush's 2005 inauguration. Bush's Inauguration Committee raised an additional $42 million to pay for the other festivities of it. Obama's inauguration cost the federal government $49 million. MD and D.C.'s governments want an additional $75 million to pay for their expenses. Thats a total of $124 million of possible government money-- Only $10 million more than Bush's government funds for a crowd 5x greater in size. Obama's Committee raised $49 million to pay for his other events. Final score: Bush- a total of $157.5 million, Obama- a possible, although unlikely, total of $173 million for a much, much larger crowd.
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Jan 24, 2009 at 08:07 PM
    Cactus has it dead on. I'm no Obama fan, but he is our President.
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