U.S. President Barack Obama was given the oath of office again on Wednesday because a word was out of sequence at the original swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday. Chief Justice John Roberts, who administered the oath at the original ceremony, was on hand to administer the oath a second time.
An abundance of caution was cited as the reason for the second ceremony, which was witnessed by reporters. "We believe that the oath of office was administered effectively and that the president was sworn in appropriately yesterday," said Robert Gibbs, who was quoting a statement prepared by White House counsel Greg Craig. "But the oath appears in the Constitution itself and, out of an abundance of caution, because there was one word out of sequence, Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the oath a second time."
After the statement was read, reporters were shown into a room where Obama was waiting with the chief justice, who administered the oath again.