Oath of office of the President of the United States

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President Ronald Reagan being given the oath of office by Chief Justice Warren E. Burger on January 21, 1985.

The oath of office of the President of the United States is an oath or promise given by the Chief Justice of the United States to the President of the United States.

It is ordered by the United States Constitution. The oath is given before the President begins his term of office. This is what they say:

“I (name of president) do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

It is unknown how many presidents used a Bible or added the words "So help me God" at the end of the oath, or in their acceptance of the oath, as neither is required by law.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. "United States Code: Title 28,453. Oaths of justices and judges | LII / Legal Information Institute". Law.cornell.edu. 2010-01-21. Retrieved 2010-08-07.