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  •  No it isn't (4+ / 0-)

    The Constitution says:

    Before he enter on the execution of his office, he shall take the following oath or affirmation:  "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

    Nothing about who administers the oath.  It is only a tradition.  Per Wikipedia - Chief Justice of the United States:

    In modern tradition, the Chief Justice also has the duty of administering the oath of office to the President, but this is not required by the Constitution or any other law.

    A few hours after JFK's murder, U.S. District Judge Sarah Hughes administered the oath to LBJ on Air Force One.  When word reached Vice President Calvin Coolidge at his Vermont farm that President Harding had died, his dad, a justice of the peace, administered the oath to his son - the only time in U.S. history a father has sworn in his son as President.

    "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

    by Navy Vet Terp on Wed Jan 21, 2009 at 05:45:07 PM PST

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    •  Calvin Coolidge and Barack Obama have in common (1+ / 0-)
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      Further down the Wikipedia article:

      Calvin Coolidge's father, a notary public, administered the oath to his son after the death of Warren Harding.  This, however, was contested upon Coolidge's return to Washington and his oath was re-administered by Judge A. Hoehling of the District of Columbia Supreme Court.

      "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

      by Navy Vet Terp on Wed Jan 21, 2009 at 05:53:18 PM PST

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      •  A bunch of Presidents have double-swore (1+ / 0-)
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        Including Eisenhower and Reagan...whenever Inauguration Day has fallen on a Sunday, they apparently postpone the big event until the following day, so the new President is sworn in privately on Inauguration Day, and then publicly during the ceremony.

        http://memory.loc.gov/...

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