1. Micah J. says

    Bush looks so tiny and insignificant next to the Messiah, who’s standing tall and proud, ready to lead this nation out of the ditch he put us in.

    America is back in business.

  2. says

    You know, I wondered if something like that would happen. Nice to see Roberts stumble a bit.

    And Micah, don’t you mean “America is black in business”?

  3. tony the tiger says

    does this mean we technically had no president between the time he took the oath the first time and the second time?

    we are lucky the russians didn’t use that brief period of time as an opportunity to attack!

  4. says

    That’s funny. I made a lame joke during the swearing-in that Roberts flubbed it on purpose so that the Supreme Court could rule Obama’s Presidency was invalid sometime in the future.
    I guess it wasn’t so funny after all. Certainly Greg Craig thought it was within the realm of possibilities.

  5. Diogenes says

    Good it was the proper thing to do.

    I am guessing that Micah is being sarcastic. The other option is just disturbing, but believable.

  6. Mike says

    The Constitution isn’t exactly clear, so we must way the letter and spirit. The 20th Amendment, ratified in 1933, specifically states that the terms of the previous President and Vice-President expire at noon, but Article II states regarding the President-Elect: “Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation”. Clearly, the spirit is the same whether you swear or affirm that you will faithfully do something, or do something faithfully. Since there was precedent for retaking the oath for silly reasons, and since there are so many nut jobs out there, they probably decided it was just easier to do it over. Of course, the nut jobs will now say that because he didn’t use a bible the second time, blah, blah, blah.

  7. jimmyboyo says

    Rare but not unheard of. Obama is now the 3rd president to do the oath twice.

    Technically all he had to do was say the oath to himself. The constitution does not demand a witness or the supreme court justice to administer it.

    The 2nd time is super cool in that no bible was utilized! :-) The constitution says nothing about the oath being said with one’s hand upon any holy book.

  8. jimmyboyo says


    Mike some are

    Few limbaughbots are screaching that he needs to take it a 3rd time with a bible. OY

    But thankfully the constitution says nothing what so ever about a bible anywhere let alone in particular about it being even within 10 feet of anyone during the oath.

  9. says

    this is simply spin so they could record it and have the soundbyte for the smithsonian. Barack Obama taking the oath of office has too much historical significance to be flubbed – but no bearing on his official capacity as president

  10. anon says

    Biden would have been acting president until the correct oath was administered if you want to follow the letter of the law. However, legal opinion varies on what is a presidential act as opposed to administrative, so as head of the administration, Obama still had wide discretion. It was a wise move considering precedent.