November 24, 2012
Barack Obama’s second term in the Oval Office will, like the first term, start with a do-over. History is repeating itself, as once again, two versions of the presidential oath will be administered — one in public to commemorate the event- and another, official oath, given in private to swear the president into office.
In 2009, Justice Roberts made an error in administering the oath, misstating the word “faithfully,” so Barack Obama re-took the oath during a private ceremony the next day.
Now, in 2012, President Obama will ironically take the oath behind closed doors again, this time before the public inauguration takes place. The change is due to a constitutional requirement that the president be sworn in by January 20. Because this falls on a Sunday, the ceremony will be held the next day, coinciding with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observances.
The New York Times reports:
This time there will be a twist: the constitutionally mandated date for the presidential swearing-in, Jan. 20, falls on a Sunday in 2013, so Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. will administer the oath to Mr. Obama privately that day at the White House, while the public ceremony, parade, and other events will be pushed back to Monday
The decision to move the date came back in March, as USA Today and others reported.
The repeat occurrence of an abnormality has raised some concerns, including a plausible case of fraud in taking office, if allegations of forged documents uncovered in law enforcement investigation are found true.
The quiet swearing in is expected to be met with a quieter inaugural ceremony as well, typical of second terms, but crowds supporting Obama have dwindled dramatically, too.
Reports are estimating between 300,000 and 600,000 attendees for President Obama’s swearing-in ceremony, as compared with an overwhelming 1.8 million attending Obama’s first inauguration at a time when he also enjoyed an 80% approval rating.
“The hopes and expectations were so high it was difficult for him to meet them,” Democratic strategist Jim Manley told the New York Times. “He’s now just a mere mortal… You can’t recreate the magic that was four years ago.”
People are clearly fed up with the system itself in Washington and unenthusiastic about participating in elections for obviously corrupt puppet candidates on both sides.
Despite a heated election and close polls, even Obama struggled to fill stadiums. Crowd numbers were down significantly. From the NY Times:
At the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, he accepted his nomination before a crowd of 84,000 in a packed outdoor stadium; this year in Charlotte, Democrats worried about whether Mr. Obama could fill a stadium, and his acceptance speech was eventually moved inside to an arena with seating for 20,200, because of bad weather, his campaign said. For this year’s victory party, the Obama campaign invited 10,000 supporters to fill the floor of a Chicago convention center; the crowd was jubilant, but it was a far cry from the 200,000 people who gathered in Grant Park on election night 2008.
While much of the public eye has turned away in the weeks after the election, Barack Obama is floating the idea of taking on corporate sponsorship to cover the cost of the inaugural events taking place. Obama publicly shied away from their cash in 2008, but has made no such announcement for 2012. George W. Bush and Bill Clinton took in a combined $142 million in corporate funding for their second term inaugurations, making clear the nature of the relationship between bailout-welfare queen mega-banks and Washington.