Obama's Second Swearing Officiated by a Muslim Imam-Fiction!
Summary of the eRumor: A forwarded email with a photo of the second
swearing in ceremony of President Barack Hussein Obama saying that along
with Supreme Court Justice John G. Roberts the event was also officiated
by Muslim Imam. The email says the first oath that President Obama took
was purposely flubbed so he would not have to be officially sworn into
office using a Bible.
The photograph is real
but the image of the Moslem Imam has been added by a trickster.
Official photo is
shown on the left of
the 2nd Swearing with Judge Roberts and President Barack Obama.
taken by White House Photographer Pete Souza. On the right
is shown the same photo with an Imam pasted in by some unknown
On January 20, 2009, Barack H. Obama
was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States. The ceremony
took place in front of the United State Capitol building but Supreme
Court Justice John G. Roberts, who administered the oath, got some of
the words of the oath mixed up.
Roberts was supposed
to prompt Mr. Obama to say, "I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully
execute the office of president of the United States, and will to the
best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the
He made a slight
error, however, and the word "faithfully" was accidentally moved to
after "the office of the United States." Roberts appeared to have caught
the blunder and repeated the line correctly but the President elect
recited his Roberts' original words and said, "that I will execute the
office of president to the United States faithfully."
Just to make sure
there would be no constitutional crisis, the oath was administered again
on the evening of January 21, 2009 in the White House Map Room. A few
reporters were there along with some Obama aides and a Whitehouse
photographer. No television cameras permitted but an audio recording was
The article stated that this was
not the first time that a US President was sworn
in a second time. Calvin Coolidge and Chester A. Arthur both
have repeated the oath "because of unusual circumstances the first
Click for Washington Post story.
The BBC has an audio
recording of the second swearing in ceremony.
Click for BBC recording
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Shocking Photo of Obama's SECOND Swearing In
Barack Obama really is a Muslim! Notice that during the
second swearing in ceremony (which was purposely bungled so that Obama
would not have to really swear on a Bible as a Christian), Obama has his
Imam serve as a witness to the real swearing in ceremony, since Islamic
law forbids a Muslim to swear an oath on the Koran!
This photo was not supposed to be
leaked out to the press and the administration is now doing damage
control trying to get all copies back, but it's out on the internet now
and there's no stopping it.