For the record, Obama retakes flubbed oath





WASHINGTON -- President Obama retook his oath of office Wednesday after Chief Justice John Roberts flubbed while delivering it at Tuesday's inauguration.

Roberts administered the oath the second time as well, according to the White House.

The move 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.

"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 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 second oath took place at 7:35 p.m. Wednesday in the White House's Map Room, according to a pool reporter who witnessed it.


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Randll Reese Besch - 1/24/2009

Obama was already president and the oath is more of a formality. Not a requirement.

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