Obama Takes Oath of Office
A light moment, as Barack Obama has to have the opening part of the presidential oath repeated to him.
I blame Chief Justice John Roberts for this one: Everyone who has ever taken or administered an oath of office knows that you feed the nervous oath taker very small bites at a time. That’s likely especially true when it’s freezing cold and there are a million-odd people watching in person and tens of millions watching on television.
UPDATE: As several commenters note, in addition to the pacing issue, Roberts actually flubbed the words themselves, almost certainly adding to Obama’s confusion. This, as Dave Schuler notes, “should remind all of us that no matter how smart we are, what school we went to, what we’ve accomplished, how high we’ve risen, or how important the occasion might be, we all have the ability to make a mistake and make an idiot out of ourselves.”