posted on Jan, 22 2009 @ 09:33 AM
Originally posted by kettlebellysmith
There is nothing in the constitution that states he must put his hand on a bible. The do over was to make sure that the oath was repeated EXACTLY as
prescribed in the constitution. The Chief Justice was trying to rely on memory and screwed up the oath.
They were just making sure everything is nice and legal so no one will be coming back later saying his presidency is illigetimate because he didn't
say the oath of office correctly.
Of course, there are going to be people in tinfoil hats saying that his presidency is illigetiment anyway.
I beg to differ. The tinfoil hat people contend that his presidency (and that of any other president since around 1913, if not earlier) is tantamount
to an irrelevancy.
It's the partisan zealots who contend there is some other technical problem with the rituals and traditions involved in his ascension to power.
Also the OP wants to know if there is a complete recording of the event, and did not ever state that anything was invalid. I too would like to hear
it, if it is actually available. And no, it's not enough that the reporters claimed to have witnessed it, it should be recorded and documented for
posterity. It's just proper form.
If you're hunting to pick a fight with die-hard Republicans, or other such people, at least do it right.
Edit to add: Some presidents simply responded "I do" to the oath, and THAT was considered a satisfactory commitment.
[edit on 22-1-2009 by Maxmars]