President Barack Obama was sworn in for a second time yesterday after concerns that Chief Justice Robert's stumble over the oath of office might pave the way for Obama's historic inauguration to be challenged.
"It is important that America, and the world, know without doubt that we have a new President." said a White House spokesman yesterday. "There is too much at stake to allow any irregularities in protocol to cast doubt on the validity of the transition."
There have been allegations in past months that Obama has had second thoughts about assuming the Presidency, however, Obama spokesman Tony Alvaro says that is simply not true. "Barack is eager to take on the job, and get down to the business of turning this country around." A tanking world economy, renewed tensions in the Middle East, and growing public disillusionment with politicians in general have led many to speculate that anyone foolish enough to take on the job now is doomed to failure. But Obama's team says that their man is up to the challenge, and that any perceived hesitation is in the eye of the beholder. "Barack has been preparing for this moment his whole life, and for anyone to suggest that he has 'cold feet' now is just wrong." says Alvaro.
The second swearing in ceremony was conducted in private, angering many in the media, but the move was defended by the White House. "We just want to be certain there are no distractions this time." said a White House spokesman. "In this day and age of intense media scrutiny, any irregularities will be spotted immediately and we don't want any problems to arise at a later date." He added that videotape of the entire ceremony will be made available to the media by this afternoon.
The same spokesman also denied allegations made by some that Roberts deliberately flubbed the oath in order to give Obama an "out". "That's just silly" he said. "But, just to avoid any such impressions, we've decided to do it all again. And he'll be sworn in as many times as it takes."