Thursday, January 22, 2009
Obama's second term begins...
To my utter surprise, I am able to use those most satisfying words for any blogger or political hack - "I told you so".
Yes, President Obama has repeated the Oath of Office in a rather more low-key ceremony at the White House.
The White House Counsel, Greg Craig, issued a statement explaining: "We believe that the oath of office was administered effectively and that the President was sworn in appropriately yesterday. 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."
So there. It would also perhaps explain why Obama publicly rebuked his Vice-President Joe Biden earlier in the day yesterday for making a joke about Chief Justice Roberts' slip-up. When Biden was swearing in the administration's senior staff, he asked for the text of the oath as 'My memory isn't as good as Chief Justice Roberts'". Obama scowled, shook his head slightly, and touched Biden on the elbow as if to restrain him. After the Bush-Cheney axis, it's good to see the new President putting his Veep in his place.