Barack Obama and Chief Justice Robers seriously had to do a do-over.
A victory for sticklers everywhere.
From the White House “pool” reporter:
At 7:35 pm, Roberts administred the oath of office again to obama in the map room. Robert gibbs said the wh counsel, greg craig, believes the oath was fine Tuesday, but one word was out of sequence so they did this out of a “an abundance of caution.”
“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.”
Apparently this kind of take-two has been done twice before — for Chester A. Arthur and Calvin Coolidge.
The open question I have is whether the abundance of caution has led Obama to resign everything he signed prior to the oath of office 2.0.