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Posted On: 21 January 2009 07:59 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:09 pm

Obama's up and the world watches

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The moment that will define a generation – Barack Hussein Obama becomes 44th President of the United States. Barack Hussein Obama took the 35-word oath of office yesterday to become the United States’ 44th president—even if he may have been led to utter the historic words in the wrong order. Obama was sworn in by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, resting his left hand on Abraham Lincoln’s Bible and raising his right hand to deliver the words that formally made him the successor to former president George W Bush. But things didn’t go exactly as planned for the swearing-in of the country’s first African-American commander-in-chief. Under the gaze of more than two million crowded onto Washington’s National Mall and millions more around the world, Obama said: “I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear that I will execute the office of president of the United States faithfully, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the constitution of the United States. “So help me God.” As specified in the US Constitution, the word “faithfully” precedes the phrase “execute the office,” but the chief justice, in his first presidential inauguration, read that part of the oath incorrectly. Obama paused, apparently realising something was wrong, and after an awkward moment Roberts repeated himself, but the chief justice stumbled again. Obama eventually recited the line as Roberts originally said it. AGENCIES