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Statement from White House Counsel


Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release January 21, 2009

The following is a statement from White House Counsel Greg Craig.

"We believe that the oath of office was administered effectively and that the President was sworn in appropriately yesterday. But the oath appears in the Constitution itself. And out of an abundance of caution, because there was one word out of sequence, Chief Justice Roberts administered the oath a second time."

THE WHITE HOUSE, January 21, 2009.