It's a Do-Over: Obama Retakes Oath of Office

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2009 7:09 PM CST

(Newser) – Better safe than sorry: Chief Justice John Roberts went to the White House this evening and re-administered the oath of office to President Obama, the Washington Post reports. The two made up for their much-publicized bungle on Inauguration Day "out of an abundance of caution," said White House counsel Greg Craig.

"Are you ready to take the oath?" Roberts asked Obama in the White House Map Room, in front of a small pool of reporters. "I am, and we're going to do it very slowly," replied Obama. This time, all went well, and Roberts smiled and re-congratulated the president. "All right," Obama said. "The bad news for the pool is there's 12 more balls."