Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Presidential Oath

It's one of those rare spots of specificity in the Constitution - Article II section I provides that before a President "enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:--" -"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

There was a bit of flub at the administration of the oath of office during Tuesday's Inauguration, obvious to anyone who was watching or listening, and reported by the NYT here.

It seems as if it was enough of a flub so that a repeat performance was in order.  As the NYT blog reports this evening here:

President Obama was re-administered the oath of office on Wednesday evening by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., one day after the two men stumbled over each other’s words during the inauguration.

The president and the chief justice stood in the Map Room of the White House at 7:35 p.m. as they took a second run at the constitutional oath. A handful of advisers watched the proceeding, which lasted about 25 seconds.

Meanwhile, a Huffington Post blogger calls for Roberts' impeachment: 

Roberts should be impeached and removed from office for this unforgivable error. The Constitution requires certain language for a presidential oath of office. Roberts blew it. And if he doesn't understand such things he should be fired for misfeasance of the first order.

It's probably not impeachable, but it certainly has fueled speculation by Court watchers. 

RR

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