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Presidential Oath of Office

Each president recites the following oath, in accordance with Article II, Section I of the U.S. Constitution


Many presidents have chosen to add the prase "So help me God," to the end of the oath.

The oath or affirmation is typically administered by the Chief Justice, but sometimes by another federal or state judge. Incoming Presidents raise their right hand and hold the other on a Bible or other book while taking the oath of office.

Franklin Pierce was the first president to use the word affirm rather than swear. Theodore Roosevelt did not use a Bible when taking the oath in 1901. Dwight Eisenhower, Harry Truman, and Richard Nixon swore the oath on two Bibles. John Quincy Adams supposedly swore on a book of law. Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in on a Roman Catholic book of service on Air Force One

Sarah T. Hughes is the only woman to administer the oath of office. A U.S. District Court judge, Hughes swore Lyndon B. Johnson into office on Air Force One after Kennedy's assassination.

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