This just came across Fox News. It was done out of caution just to make sure his constitutionality would not be questioned. This is the first time it’s been done a second time, I believe. It wasn’t video taped but the White House photographer was present.
Added: From what I understand, those present were President Barack Obama, Chief Justice John Roberts, White House Counsel Greg Craig, a White House staffer, and I believe a White House pool reporter, but I could be wrong on that. Added: I am wrong on that. Chester Arthur and Calvin Coolidge both had to retake their oaths because of flubs.
They were concerned about even a sliver’s chance that someone could bring a lawsuit and try to argue that he did not meet the Constitutional requirements to be president because he didn’t say the oath absolutely as it was supposed to be said.
Update: Drudge posts this New York Times photograph of Chief Justice Roberts re-administering the oath to President Barack Obama with the headline “NO BIBLE USED AT OBAMA RE-SWEAR” below it.
I’m not inclined to think this is a problem. Does anyone else? I’d like to know what you think about the fact that Obama didn’t use a bible when he was re-sworn in.