Editing and the oath

On a busy news day, a stumble of words during the inauguration of Barack Obama was relegated to a sidebar. Chief Justice John Roberts and the new president were not on the same page, making the historic moment a mildly awkward one as well.

E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post includes an editing angle in his reaction to the situation. The New York Times, meanwhile, offers a bit of history.

The glitch will go from sidebar in the newspaper to a footnote in the history books, and of course, it will live forever on YouTube.

UPDATE: Obama and Roberts did a do-over oath a day after the inauguration, inspiring this editorial cartoon.