January 20, 2009
Roberts doesn’t ‘faithfully’ follow oath
Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts had only 35 words to utter but the placement of one word tripped him up Tuesday.
Roberts misplaced the word
faithfully while administering the oath of office to Barack Obama when he was sworn in as the 44th president. And after a split second of hesitation, Obama followed his lead.
The wording is:
I do solemnly swear 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.
Instead, the exchange went:
"¦ that I will execute the office of president to the United States faithfully "¦
"¦ that I will execute "¦
"¦ faithfully the office of president of the United States "¦
"¦ the office of president of the United States faithfully "¦
Roberts apologized for the muff and congratulated Obama, being the first one to call him
Of course, it didn't really matter -- Obama became the president at noon (Eastern time) -- as prescribed by the Constitution -- during a musical interlude.