- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 22, 2009

President Obama on Wednesday night took the oath of office a second time during a private ceremony at the White House, one day after the flubbing of the oath on Inauguration Day.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. made a secret trip to the White House and, wearing his robe, readministered the oath to Mr. Obama. In the room were White House staffers, but the Obama family was not present.

Eleven people were in the room, including the president. From the White House staff were White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, White House Counsel Greg Craig, senior adviser David Axelrod and the official White House photographer.

Mr. Gibbs told the small pool of reporters and White House staffers the oath was readministered out of caution since there was “one word out of sequence” on Tuesday.

“Are you ready to take the oath?” Chief Justice Roberts asked.

“I am and we are going to do it very slowly,” Mr. Obama replied.

It happened at 7:35 p.m., with no mistakes, and took 25 seconds.

Mr. Roberts said, “Congratulations, again.”

Mr. Craig issued a statement a few minutes later.

“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.”

The re-swearing in makes it the third time in U.S. history for a president to do so. The other two were Presidents Calvin Coolidge and Chester A. Arthur.

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