Which U.S. President had to re-take the oath of office because of a mistake? – 2017

Which U.S. President had to re-take the oath of office because of a mistake?




Barack Obama

In 2009, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, while administering the oath to Barack Obama, incorrectly recited part of the oath. Roberts prompted, “That I will execute the Office of President to the United States faithfully.” Obama stopped at “execute,” and waited for Roberts to correct himself. Roberts, after a false start, then followed Obama’s “execute” with “faithfully”, which results in “execute faithfully,” which is also incorrect. Obama then repeated Roberts’ initial, incorrect prompt, with the word “faithfully” after “United States.” The oath was re-administered the next day by Roberts at the White House.




Answer: In 2009, Barack Obama retook the oath of office a day after becoming President because Chief Justice John Roberts said the word “faithfully” out of sequence while administering the oath during the inauguration ceremony. Obama paused and smiled, seemingly aware of the mistake.




He then retook the oath the following day out of an “abundance of caution.” The move was aimed at erasing any questions that Obama wasn’t officially the President due to the mistake. The second oath ceremony took place on the evening of January 21, 2009 at the White House before a small audience.

Barack Hussein Obama II is an American politician who is the 44th President of the United States. The first African American and first born outside the contiguous United States to serve as president, Obama is a member of the Democratic Party.




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