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John Roberts' administration of Obama's oath of office was a little rocky, eh? Let's take a look at the Constitutional text

"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."

and the transcript:

ROBERTS: I, Barack Hussein Obama...
OBAMA: I, Barack...

ROBERTS: ... do solemnly swear...
OBAMA: I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear...

ROBERTS: ... that I will execute the office of president to the United States faithfully...
OBAMA: ... that I will execute...

ROBERTS: ... faithfully the office of president of the United States...
OBAMA: ... the office of president of the United States faithfully...

ROBERTS: ... and will to the best of my ability...
OBAMA: ... and will to the best of my ability...

ROBERTS: ... preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
OBAMA: ... preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

ROBERTS: So help you God?
OBAMA: So help me God.

ROBERTS: Congratulations, Mr. President.

Roberts' ill-timed pause, Barack's jumping the gun, and the misplaced adverb all combined to make it an awkward moment--although hardly a travesty. The wingnuts have already raised doubts about whether Obama is really the president, but WaPo notes:

Constitutional law experts agree that the flub is insignificant. Yet two previous presidents -- Calvin Coolidge and Chester A. Arthur -- repeated the oath privately because of similar issues.

(A video clip is here, and even devotees of Faux News should note that Obama did not conclude by saying "So help me Allah" with his hand on the Qu'ran.) Mark Sherman observes at TPM that Roberts is the first Chief Justice to swear in a President who voted against his confirmation while serving in the Senate.

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