Obama Slightly Flubs Inaugural Oath

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US President Barack Obama arrives for the 57th Presidential Inauguration ceremonial swearing-in at the US Capitol on January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. The oath is to be administered by US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr. Credit: AFP/Getty Images

While repeating the oath of office during Monday’s public swearing-in ceremony, President Barack Obama had trouble spitting out some of the words.

During the part where he was supposed to say “will faithfully execute the office of president of the United States,” Obama cut off the last portion, choked on his words a little, and then shook his head:

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​This story has been updated to correct an earlier version that said Chief Justice John Roberts did not say “the” while saying “president of the United States” during his administration of the oath.​It remains unclear, then, what exactly threw the president off while he was reciting the words.