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Jan 22, 2013

Inauguration day: solidarity from some while homeless shiver

The mood on the Mall was of dutiful solidarity rather than joy as Barack Obama was sworn in for his second term as president, writes freelance journalist Sally Davies from Washington.

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Before the dawn sky pinkened over the Washington monument on the morning of the 57th presidential inauguration, before the soldiers turned out in fatigues and combat boots to line the boulevards leading up to the Capitol, before the crowds amassed with their Obama earmuffs and badges and tote-bags to swarm over the National Mall, before volunteers began handing out American flags for spectators to wave as Beyoncé, Jimmy Carter, the first family and other VIPs took their seats on the dais behind bullet-proof glass … before that, the re-elected President had a job to do.

He had to get the oath right.

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One thought on “Inauguration day: solidarity from some while homeless shiver

  1. michael r james

    ..”he (Obama) and Chief Justice John Roberts flubbed the words.”

    Err, no. The protocol is that the Chief Justice reads the oath and the inductee repeats it. It was Roberts who flubbed his lines and Obama actually corrected him, correctly. And incidentally Roberts was appointed by George W. Bush, becoming Chief Justice in 2005 presiding over a notoriously partisan right-wing court where contentious cases divide on purely ideological grounds (eg. Citizens United). It may be blogger conspiracy theory territory but we will never know for sure if Roberts’ flub was not some hideous Right wing plot; no, it was probably just a Right winger choking on his own tongue at having to administer the oath to an African-American “socialist” president!

    “as Obama took the oath of office on Sunday, as the US Constitution requires”

    To be clear, the constitution mandates the date (20th January) and since that fell on a Sunday–and the public inauguration will never be held on a Sunday and thus had to be no earlier than the Monday–the oath had to be taken (in private) on the Sunday.

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