Obama, Roberts get another chance on oath
updated 11:07 PM EST, Mon January 21, 2013
- Chief Justice John Roberts and Barack Obama deliver flawless oath ceremony this time
- The pair flubbed the oath at Inaugural in 2009, having to redo it the next day
- Roberts had oath written on card, same as last time, with spacing for pauses
- Obama and Roberts will read the oath again on Monday at Capitol
Washington (CNN) -- President Barack Obama got a second term from voters and another chance with Chief Justice John Roberts.
After flubbing the oath in 2009, Obama and the Supreme Court's top jurist performed the honor flawlessly at the White House on Sunday at the official swearing in for the Democrat's second term.
They will do it again on Monday at the Capitol before a crowd of up to 800,000 people.
The Constitution mandates that U.S. presidents be sworn in on January 20. Because that fell on a Sunday this year, the public ceremony was scheduled for Monday at noon.
Inauguration 2013: A viewer's guide
Avoiding another inaugural oath flub
The dual events this time were due to a confluence of law and pomp. That was not the case four years ago when Obama and Roberts also performed the honor twice.
During that inaugural, Obama and Roberts fumbled the oath before 1.8 million people.
It all started when Roberts recited a seven-word phrase, but Obama broke in halfway through and repeated the first three words.
That seemed to throw Roberts off, and he proceeded to mix up the order of the words in the next phrase.
CNN Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin reported in his recent book, "The Oath," that Roberts is known for his "superb memory" and had obsessively practiced reciting the words at home for weeks.
Government sources told CNN and Toobin that Roberts and his staff also e-mailed their own copy of the oath to inauguration organizers weeks earlier.
13 reasons to follow the inauguration on CNN's platforms and nowhere else
Slash marks were clearly indicated to illustrate how the phrases would be divided and where Roberts would pause, to ensure the president-elect would be on the same page.
No one is sure why it happened, but "the oath card never reached anyone on Barack Obama's staff," Toobin wrote.
They were concerned enough about the small stumble in the sequencing of words on the inaugural platform that Obama and Roberts went through it again the next day in private in the White House Map Room - just to make sure they were square with the Constitution.
Back at the White House four years later, it all went off without a glitch just before noon on Sunday.
With Roberts waiting in the Blue Room, Obama strode in before a small gathering. He placed his left hand on a Bible belonging to his wife's family and raised his right hand.
Roberts had the card with him and the slash marks identifying where he would pause were clearly visible.
It all took less than a minute to get through the 35-word oath.
Obama hugged his wife and daughters, exclaiming: "I did it!"
Complete coverage: The 2013 Presidential Inauguration
Part of complete coverage on
2013 Presidential Inauguration
updated 9:53 AM EST, Tue January 22, 2013
It was a seemingly wistful moment at the halfway mark of his presidency, before the celebratory parade and the evening's galas.
updated 6:50 PM EST, Mon January 21, 2013
CNN contributors and analysts offered these assessments of the 44th's president's inauguration.
updated 5:18 PM EST, Mon January 21, 2013
Here's a look at the inauguration from your perspective, submitted via iReport.
updated 5:34 AM EST, Tue January 22, 2013
As the nation celebrated the start of another term for President Obama, Republican congressional leaders had a muted, bipartisan response to his second inaugural address.
updated 11:23 AM EST, Tue January 22, 2013
The alternating red and blue yard signs are long gone, and people here have gone back to familiar rhythms of life.
updated 10:00 AM EST, Tue January 22, 2013
President Obama began his second term with a "keeping it real" moment courtesy of youngest daughter Sasha.
updated 9:56 AM EST, Tue January 22, 2013
What a difference four years makes. It's a tale of two terms, marked by battles to come and tasks not yet completed from 4 years ago.
updated 10:11 AM EST, Tue January 22, 2013
Richard Blanco grew up a Cuban immigrant and gay, and says it speaks to America's strengths that he was chosen to read a poem to the nation.
updated 9:49 AM EST, Tue January 22, 2013
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama spent the evening at more intimate affairs: 30,000 guests at two inaugural balls.
President Barack Obama said Monday in his inaugural speech that the nation must come together to meet the challenges of the day, saying: "We are made for this moment, and we will seize it - so long as we seize it together."
updated 12:07 PM EST, Mon January 21, 2013
Hear President Obama recite the oath of office at his second inauguration.
updated 12:03 PM EST, Mon January 21, 2013
Vice President Joe Biden takes his public oath of office for a second term.
updated 1:48 PM EST, Tue January 22, 2013
An American flag waves at the U.S. Capitol building on Sunday, January 20, as Washington prepares for President Barack Obama's second inauguration. CNN brings you the best images from Washington.
updated 12:43 PM EST, Mon January 21, 2013
Watch presidents from the last 100 years take the oath of office on inauguration day.