The Washington Post broke their long held policy of not using the President's middle name this morning when they posted the following on line. Here's why: It is customary to use all three names (or four in George H.W. Bush's case) when each president is sworn in (unless the incoming president desires a different way - ie: Jimmy Carter). Please click on the link above to see the oath of office of every president from FDR to Obama.
The Post wrote:
Chief Justice John G. Roberts administered the oath, and the two will repeat the process again Monday in a public celebration at the Capitol. The Constitution mandates that presidential terms begin on Jan. 20, and it is traditional when the day falls on a Sunday that the public ceremony take place the next day."
The story itself is fairly straight-forward news.
The nation celebrates every Inaugural - as it should.
As a nation, this weekend we are honored to celebrate the start of another presidential administration.
May President Obama support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America, so help him, God.
PS: Just a fascinating historical tid-bit. President Obama will be the only US President since FDR to be officially sworn in 3 times and unofficially sworn in an additional time. Twice in 2009 due to the public blow-it by the Chief Justice, today and one more for good measure tomorrow.