President Barack Obama was sworn into office a third time today, and the White House announced plans to repeat the swearing-in on a daily basis.
"We feel it's a good way to start the day," Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said. "Like a meditation, prayer, or exercise routine it focuses the mind and sets the right tone for the day. Besides, it's a heck of a lot of fun."
Following confusion over the wording of the oath administered by Chief Justice Roberts at Obama's inauguration on Tuesday, the first re-do took place Wednesday, according to White House counsel Greg Craig, "out of an abundance of caution." Press reports Wednesday night quoted President Obama explaining the second ceremony by saying, "We decided it was so much fun..."
Presidential historians say there is little precedent for multiple oath-taking, with the exception of Richard Nixon's habit of repeating "I am the President" to press, staff and paintings every chance he got.
As news spread of President Obama's intention, foreign governments already besotted with Obama-mania are jumping to join the bandwagon and administer their own oaths to the new President.
"Running our country is a real headache these days," a source in the British government said. "We figure, why not let Barack do it?"
Later this week, Obama is schedule to affirm he will "be faithful and bear true allegiance to Queen Elizabeth, her heirs and successors, according to law," followed by pledges to "protect Ukraine's sovereignty and independence;" "observe the Laws, promote the general welfare of the Brazilian people;" "govern the Kingdom of Norway in accordance with its Constitution and Laws;" and later, in the words of Hippocrates, "swear by Apollo the physician, and Aesculapius, and Health, and All-heal, and all the gods and goddesses, that, according to my ability and judgment, I will keep this Oath."
In a related development, the Huffington Post's invitation to readers to film a video of themselves taking the presidential oath has resulted in some confusion, with citizens who've taken the oath reporting to the White House for duty. In a statement, the White House said, "We appreciate the offers, but as Barack Obama said before taking office, we only have one president at a time. However we could use some help running Moldova, Burkina Faso and Tuvalu."