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What is this re-taking of the presidenal oath mean? And why take it a 2nd time behind closed doors?


Asked by tyme4me2day at 3:56 PM on Jan. 22, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • The flub was not Roberts' fault. Obama interrupted the first line trying to repeat before Roberts had finished. That interruption threw both men off, causing the other errors. Of course both men were probably a bit nervous. It was a large audience, after all.

    And, yes, the President-Elect has to say the oath before he can be the President. From the US Constitution, Article II, Section 1, part 8: 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.”

    Was a re-do necessary? I don't know. But he did it, and it's done.

    Answer by May-20 at 6:37 PM on Jan. 22, 2009

  • why not?

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:59 PM on Jan. 22, 2009

  • It means nothing. Obama was officially president as of noon, oath or no oath. He interrupted Roberts, Roberts flubbed a line, Obama flubbed a line. Rather than let some nutjob file a lawsuit trying to claim he's not president (even though he was pres as of noon) they redid it to cover their butts. it's been done before, with other presidents, and will probably happen again.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 3:59 PM on Jan. 22, 2009

  • The way I understand it, the guy giving the oathe fumbled the words, which is why Obama hesitated....apparently some idiot complained and made him do it again.

    Answer by gramsmom at 4:00 PM on Jan. 22, 2009

  • Good grief now folks are gonna gripe about this.

    Answer by pnwmom at 4:01 PM on Jan. 22, 2009

  • Because they flubbed a line in the official ceremony. Just to be sure there are no legal problems or challenges, they had a second swearing with just a small press audience. What did you expect them to do? Another knock-down-drag-out party? Or just ignore it? Both could be very expensive.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 4:03 PM on Jan. 22, 2009

  • I'm not griping, what is wrong with trying to find out about what happened?

    Answer by tyme4me2day at 4:04 PM on Jan. 22, 2009

  • Whether he had taken the oath or not, Obama became president right at noon this past tuesday. The re-take of the oath was because Roberts screwed up the line. Obama realized the mess up, which is why he paused. Roberts tried to correct his mistake and made another in the process (he omitted the word execute).

    The re-take was just to placate those who would try and use Roberts' mistake to deny Obama the presidency. And it took place behind closed doors (though there are pictures available) because it was Obama's first day in the White House and he had a lot of work to do and it was just a formality, not anything of crisis for our country. Just making the folks at FOX news happy.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:04 PM on Jan. 22, 2009

  • It seems like it's a good thing to be sure everything is sound, and I hope they keep up with the accountability.

    Answer by tyme4me2day at 4:06 PM on Jan. 22, 2009

  • taking the oath is a formality anyway.
    regarless of what fox news tells you, obama became president at noon on january 20th--oath or no oath.

    Answer by heatherama at 4:14 PM on Jan. 22, 2009