Before he administered an oath to senior White House staffers and their deputies today, the vice president had a little fun at the expense of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
The normally eloquent, quite brilliant John Roberts slightly botched the oath of office when administering it to President Obama yesterday, misplacing the word "faithfully" and causing some minor awkwardness on stage.
Today, after Mr. Obama praised his staffers as "an extraordinary collection of talent" who "inspire great confidence in me," the president asked his Number 2 if he wanted to administer the oath.
"Am I doing this again?" Vice President Biden asked. A few minutes before, he had sworn in seven individuals who had been confirmed by the Senate to Cabinet and Cabinet-level posts.
"For the senior staff," Mr. Obama said.
"For the senior staff?" Biden repeated. "Alright."
Biden tried to get a copy of the oath to read to the senior staffers.
"My memory is not as good as Justice Roberts," Biden explained, prompting some laughter and groans from the audience.