With all due caution.
Obama retook his oath of office. And rightly so.
See, when our new President was
Problem was, Roberts misspoke. And then so did Barack Obama.
The last paragraph of Article II, Section I of the United States Constitution spells out the Oath Of Office for the President Of The United States:
Before he 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.''What he SAID was:
And, while I recognize that the gist is the same, that's not what the document says he must say.
"I, Barack Huessein Obama do solemnly swear that I will execute the Office of President to the United States faithfully, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
What is worrisome is that the White House Counsel pooh-poohed this fact:
Then the damned fool goes on to admit the obvious:
First, Sparky, I count more than one word misused.
"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."
Second, if you're going to begin your career as White House Counsel by publicly contradicting yourself , you're going to be remembered as a buffoon. If the President isn't sworn in by the letter of the Constitution, then he's not constitutionally the President.
He would do well to remember that he is bound to follow that document to the letter. And, like our last president, he would do well to get some new legal counsel.
*Edited to correct my own misspeak: Roberts administered the oath.