Second Thoughts (Update?)

The new President took the oath of office for a second time last evening, using the exact words prescribed by the Constitution in their proper order. A spokesman said:

We believe that the oath of office was administered effectively and that the president was sworn in appropriately yesterday, Gregory B. Craig, the White House counsel, said. But the oath appears in the Constitution itself, and out of an abundance of caution, because there was one word out of sequence, Chief Justice Roberts administered the oath a second time.

The full story is here.Meanwhile, another public/private figure had, you know, second thoughts:

Caroline Kennedy announced early Thursday that she was withdrawing from consideration for the vacant Senate seat in New York, startling the states political world after weeks in which she was considered a top contender for the post.

Here's the "scoop."Update?:Curiouser and curiouser:

Problems involving taxes and a household employee surfaced during the vetting of Caroline Kennedy and derailed her candidacy for the Senate, a person close to Gov. David A. Paterson said on Thursday, in an account at odds with Ms. Kennedys own description of her reasons for withdrawing.

Read on, ignoring any split infinitives.

Rev. Robert P. Imbelli, a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, is Associate Professor of Theology Emeritus at Boston College.

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