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 Obama takes Presidential Oath Again after Stumble


[b]Obama takes Presidential Oath Again after Stumble[/b]

WASHINGTON – After the flub heard around the world, President Barack Obama has taken the oath of office. Again. Chief Justice John Roberts delivered the oath to Obama on Wednesday night at the White House — a rare do-over. The surprise moment came in response to Tuesday's much-noticed stumble, when Roberts got the words of the oath a little off, which prompted Obama to do so, too.

Don't worry, the White House says: Obama has still been president since noon on Inauguration Day.

Nevertheless, 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. A few of Obama's closest aides were there, along with a White House photographer.

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.

The original, bungled version on Tuesday caught observers by surprise and then got replayed on cable news shows.

It happened when Obama interrupted Roberts midway through the opening line, in which the president repeats his name and solemnly swears.

Next in the oath is the phrase " ... that I will faithfully execute the office of president of the United States." But Roberts rearranged the order of the words, not saying "faithfully" until after "president of the United States."

That appeared to throw Obama off. He stopped abruptly at the word "execute."

Recognizing something was off, Roberts then repeated the phrase, putting "faithfully" in the right place but without repeating "execute."

But Obama then repeated Roberts' original, incorrect version: "... the office of president of the United States faithfully."

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.

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Associated Press writer Phil Elliott contributed to this report.

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 2009/1/21 21:31Profile
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 Re: Obama takes Presidential Oath Again after Stumble

I think it is a good example of why repeating prayers can be a problem. Sometimes the people don't even hear or have time to actually mean what is being said. Just a thought I had that I thought related...


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RobertW wrote:
I think it is a good example of why repeating prayers can be a problem. Sometimes the people don't even hear or have time to actually mean what is being said. Just a thought I had that I thought related...



:-)


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Josh Parsley

 2009/1/22 0:15Profile
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 Re: Obama takes Presidential Oath Again after Stumble

I think I read somewhere that the bible was not used the 2nd time.


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 2009/1/23 19:22Profile
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It would be better not to use the Bible. Why lie with your hand on the Bible? When the President takes oath, he swears to defend and protect the Constitution. Article 1, Section 10 of that document states that nothing but gold or silver coin can be legal tender.

With care in Christ,
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 2009/1/23 20:05Profile
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Why lie with your hand on the Bible? When the President takes oath, he swears to defend and protect the Constitution. Article 1, Section 10 of that document states that nothing but gold or silver coin can be legal tender.



Good point Taylor. I guess no one says anything because Fort Knox is probably empty and then we would have to shut down the Federal Reserve and leave off the fractional reserve system of banking. :-P


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Robert Wurtz II

 2009/1/23 20:40Profile
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TaylorOtwell wrote:
It would be better not to use the Bible. Why lie with your hand on the Bible? When the President takes oath, he swears to defend and protect the Constitution. Article 1, Section 10 of that document states that nothing but gold or silver coin can be legal tender.

With care in Christ,
Taylor



Isn't what they are doing the same as counterfeiting money?

Didn't they use to put people in jail for doing such a thing?

 2009/1/23 20:47Profile
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Isn't what they are doing the same as counterfeiting money? Didn't they use to put people in jail for doing such a thing?



If you ever get some spare time type in "Money As Debt" into google video. It's a good starter video. ;-)


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Robert Wurtz II

 2009/1/23 20:51Profile
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Paper simply isn't sound money, especially when there is no gold standard, an overspending congress, and a privately owned central bank (the "Federal" Reserve).

Look up quotes by Thomas Jefferson on the topic if you get a chance. Regardless if many of these founding fathers weren't Christians, they understood that power corrupts men, and if they are not held in check by the people and the constitution, they will overstep their bounds.

With care in Christ,
Taylor


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