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Obama Not First President To Have Oath Do-Over

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The White House emphasizes that President Obama took the presidential oath a second time out of "an abundance of caution." In 1923, Calvin Coolidge seems to have really needed his do-over. The then vice president was at his father's farm in Vermont, when President Warren G. Harding suddenly died. Coolidge's father, a notary, quickly swore his son in as president. It turned out, that authority applied only to taking office in Vermont. Chester A. Arthur also had to take the oath again.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. The White House emphasized that President Obama took his oath a second time out of an abundance of caution. Back in 1923, Calvin Coolidge seems to have really needed his do-over. The then vice president was at his father's farm in Vermont, when President Warren G. Harding suddenly died. Coolidge's father, a justice of the peace, quickly swore his son in as president. It turned out that authority applied only to taking office in Vermont. It's Morning Edition.

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