Chief justice fumbles oath

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Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. glaringly fumbled the administration of the oath of office to President Barack Obama on Tuesday, placing the word “faithfully” at the end of the second phrase of the oath, rather than at the beginning.

Mr. Obama waited for Mr. Roberts to correct himself before proceeding.

Mr. Obama was one of a handful of Democratic senators to vote against Mr. Roberts’ confirmation to the high court. Mr. Roberts was nominated as chief justice in 2005 by President George W. Bush.

The oath is written directly into the Constitution and marked the beginning of Mr. Obama’s administration.

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Tom LoBianco

Tom LoBianco

Tom LoBianco has covered energy and environmental policy, including the climate change bill making its way through Congress. From 2007 to 2008, he covered Maryland politics from the Times’s Annapolis bureau. Tom hold’s a master’s degree in political science from Northeastern University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park. He spent two and a ...

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