Obama Takes Oath Again, Flubs It (a Little)
Trips over word 'States'
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 21, 2013 11:06 AM CST
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(Newser) – President Obama has been publicly sworn in for his second term—though he actually took the oath yesterday. Today the oath, administered by Chief Justice John Roberts, went off a little more smoothly than it did during Obama's first inauguration, though the AtlanticWire points out it wasn't error-free. And the flub this time was Obama's. While reciting the phrase "The office of the president of the United States," he effectively choked on the last word, saying just "Sta—," and making a little face after doing so.

In other oath-taking tidbits, the president placed his hand on two Bibles: one Abraham Lincoln's and the other Martin Luther King's. (Prof. Cornel West wasn't thrilled about the latter choice, notes the National Review: West slammed the use of King's "prophetic fire as just a moment in presidential pageantry.") Joe Biden, meanwhile, again took the oath from Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the Wall Street Journal notes. Among other highlights of the ceremony thus far: The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir performed "Battle Hymn of the Republic," James Taylor sang "America the Beautiful," and civil rights leader Myrlie Evers-Williams offered the invocation.

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saintsamaritan
Jan 23, 2013 12:52 AM CST
Was there a Bible there? When he choked, he should have repeated clearly "United States." Most people do when it's something important. Did you catch that the justice said / asked "so help YOU God"? It should have been a repeating statement form, "so help ME God."
anothernewsjunkie
Jan 21, 2013 4:04 PM CST
"Oh no, he said the oath wrong!" Don't get you knickers in a twister. This was a re-enactment, nothing more.
NYUFan
Jan 21, 2013 2:42 PM CST
shrubbie "flubbed" EIGHT STOLEN YEARS of ILLEGAL WHITE HOUSE OCCUPATION!