Wednesday, January 21, 2009

If at first you don't succeed...

President Barack Obama, to quell any Constitutional questions, has taken the oath of office a second time. Over at, Ed Morrissey writes:

"Now we can rest easy, with the specter of President Biden … or heaven forbid, President Pelosi … put to rest."

I presume he's just being facetious. After all, even if you could somehow argue that the flubbing of the oath prevented Obama from actually being the President, it does not follow that Biden would become President due to the error. The Twenty-fifth Amendment, Section 1, declares:

"In case of the removal of the President from office or of his death or resignation, the Vice President shall become President."

Obama didn't get removed from office, or die, or resign; these, the Constitution assures us, are the only instances in which Biden would get a promotion. The messed up exchange between Roberts and Obama wasn't in any of those categories; nobody got impeached, said "I quit," or went belly up.

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