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Day 2



Henry: Obama’s first full day

takes turn for the weird

By Ed Henry
CNN Senior White House Correspondent

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Editor’s note: In our Reporter’s Notebook series, CNN correspondents reveal stories behind the news. Here, senior White House correspondent Ed Henry describes how a story can change in a moment.

President Barack Obama takes the oath of office -- his second in two days -- in the White House on Wednesday.

President Barack Obama takes the oath of office — his second in two days — in the White House on Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) — What a long, strange trip Barack Obama’s first full day as president turned out to be.

He began the day pushing for more transparency in government, only to end it by keeping TV cameras out when Chief Justice John Roberts re-administered the oath of the presidency.

All this started at Obama’s historic swearing-in on Tuesday, where Roberts flubbed a line in the oath of office, leading to this comical scene, via transcript at CNN.com:

Roberts: … that I will execute the office of president to the United States faithfully …

Obama: … that I will execute …

Roberts: … the off — faithfully the pres — the office

of president of the United States.

Obama (at same time) … the office of president of the United States faithfully.

But many legal experts pointed out that Obama became president at noon on Tuesday, regardless of whether the oath was off or not. Video Watch whether Obama was really president Tuesday afternoon »

So I didn’t think too much of the story until about 7:20 p.m. on Wednesday, when I noticed something odd as I stood in the West Wing of the White House, just a couple hundred feet from the Oval Office.

Suddenly I overheard White House senior adviser David Axelrod say, “Thank you, Mr. Chief Justice, for coming over.”

It’s not very often that I’ve heard a phrase like that, especially one day after the inaugural. So my ears perked up at the possibility that I had bumped into the chief justice and landed a big scoop headlined, “Chief justice visits White House to apologize to president about inaugural snafu.”

I really didn’t even think about the possibility of a second swearing-in. It seemed so implausible. So I started digging around to try to confirm my assumption: that Roberts, mortified over the mix-up, had come over for a quiet and quick apology to the new president.

Instead I had stumbled upon a bigger story. White House officials confirmed to me that new White House Counsel Greg Craig had advised the president to get sworn in a second time, just to nip the issue in the bud and not let any controversy linger that perhaps the president had not been sworn in legitimately. Listen to the successful second attempt »

“And out of an abundance of caution, because there was one word out of sequence, Chief Justice Roberts administered the oath a second time,” Craig said in a prepared statement.

The move allowed one controversy to die, but a new one popped up.

Word started spreading that White House officials had invited just a small group of print journalists in to witness the historic moment a second time, but had failed to invite a representative from the five major U.S. television networks.

CNN and other television networks have complained to the White House but have not gotten a clear answer from White House officials about why the video cameras were locked out.

So the whole point of the ceremony — getting the word out there that the president was in fact inaugurated — was undermined by the fact that now there’s no videotape to prove he was sworn in.

Not to mention that it may run counter to the main message the president was trying to deliver Wednesday with his executive order pushing for more openness in government.

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January 21, 2009

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Biden couldn't pass up poking fun at Chief Justice Roberts.

Biden couldn’t pass up poking fun at Chief Justice Roberts.

(CNN) — Vice President Biden isn’t letting Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts forget about his minor flub while administering the presidential oath of office on Tuesday.

Biden made light of the mishap Wednesday as he was called on to swear in senior members of the White House staff.

“My memory is not as good as Justice Roberts, Chief Justice Roberts,” Biden said as he asked for a copy of the oath to read.

Several staffers reacted to the comment with groans and laughter, though President Obama, standing next to Biden, did not crack a smile.

Roberts’ mistake came about half way through the 35-word oath, when, reciting from memory, he said the word ‘faithfully,’ out of order. The flub confused Obama who ultimately repeated the mistake.

But speaking to ABC Tuesday night, the new president didn’t fault the man who swore him in.

“We’re up there, we’ve got a lot of stuff on our mind, and he actually helped me out on a couple of stanzas there,” he said. “So overall, I think it went relatively smoothly and I’m very grateful to him.”

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/01/21/biden-jabs-roberts-for-oath-flub/

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Obama is so gracious. Instead of pointing out that he knew the oath cold and was waiting for Roberts to get it right, he played it off and actually took some of blame too, when it was clearly not his fault. After waiting a few seconds to allow Roberts to correct it, he decided to just say it the way Roberts did. This is just another example, albeit small, of the way he doesn’t throw anyone under the bus.

January 27, 2009
Posted: 06:16 PM ET(CNN) — An aide to Vice President Joe Biden tells CNN he called Chief Justice John Roberts last week to apologize for a light-hearted remark he made over the flubbed Inauguration Day oath of office.

“My memory is not as good as Justice Roberts, Chief Justice Roberts,” Biden said last Wednesday, as he asked for a copy of the oath he was using to swear in senior members of the White House staff.

Several staffers reacted to the comment with groans and laughter, though President Obama, standing next to Biden, did not crack a smile.

An aide to the vice president said Tuesday the two men spoke privately after that comment. “They spoke and had a good conversation,” said the aide, who declined to give further details.

Roberts’ mistake came about half way through the 35-word oath, when, reciting from memory, he said the word ‘faithfully,’ out of order. The flub confused Obama who ultimately repeated the mistake.

Meanwhile, Biden has been selected to handle the administration’s first foreign trip. The White House said Tuesday the vice president will travel to Germany next week with retired Gen. James Jones, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.

Biden will represent the United States at the Wehrkunde, the annual security policy conference held in Munich.

–CNN’s Ed Henry contributed to this report

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January 21st, 2009 6:19 pm ET

I find in very interesting that Roberts messed up the oath! Is it just a coincidence that President Obama was one of a few that voted against Roberts’ confirmation. I feel this was a deliberate Jab on the part of the Chief Justice.

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i think obama did not smile because he thinks it is rude to rub it in that someone made a mistake…i appreciate his graciousness…

When the flub originally happened, some of my coworkers laughed and commented on how they were glad it happened, it just showed that Obama was really human and nervous, just one of every day people. When they later found out Roberts had messed it up, they ripped Roberts apart as deliberately trying to sabotage Obama’s big day and make him look stupid in front of the whole world. I pointed out their double standard. I’m sure they won’t be hypocritical again, at least not when I’m around.


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