Following the flubbing by the Chief Justice on the day of his inauguration, President Obama is advised to re-take his oath by senior legal advisers, and does so.

Apparently, some astrologers are in a tizzy about the new development.

Merc rx in Capricorn — caution is definitely kicking in. And Merc rx in Aquarius — what did I say about the unexpected? Ho ho ho.

Update, 24 January 2009: And the music was fake. What else?

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On a rare occasion, a new President of the United States is sworn in 5 minutes after the appointed time!

Other minor flubs:

  • The swearing in — fumbling on ‘faithfully’
  • The inaugural speech — 43, 44 oaths.
  • Inaugural parade — an hour behind

A shadow is cast by Ted Kennedy’s collapse during the congressional luncheon, but the proceedings generally go without a hitch. Mercury retrograde needn’t always mean chaos, especially if there has been thorough and careful preparation beforehand, almost an understatement given the logistics of the event!