Obama to Swear In for Second Term in Secret
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Barack Obama’s second term in the Oval Office will, like the first term, start with a do-over. History is repeating itself, as once again, two versions of the presidential oath will be administered — one in public to commemorate the event- and another, official oath, given in private to swear the president into office.
In 2009, Justice Roberts made an error in administering the oath, misstating the word “faithfully,” so Barack Obama re-took the oath during a private ceremony the next day.
Now, in 2012, President Obama will ironically take the oath behind closed doors again, this time before the public inauguration takes place. The change is due to a constitutional requirement that the president be sworn in by January 20. Because this falls on a Sunday, the ceremony will be held the next day, coinciding with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observances.
The New York Times reports:
This time there will be a twist: the constitutionally mandated date for the presidential swearing-in, Jan. 20, falls on a Sunday in 2013, so Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. will administer the oath to Mr. Obama privately that day at the White House, while the public ceremony, parade, and other events will be pushed back to Monday