U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts has administered
the oath of office to President Barack Obama for a second time to make up for
misplacing a word during Tuesday's inauguration ceremony.
re-took the oath of office at the White House late Wednesday, acting out of what
a White House statement said was "an abundance of caution."
Obama spent his first full day in office addressing some of the toughest issues
facing the country - the financial crisis and the wars in Iraq and
Mr. Obama held talks with his economic advisers and with
Defense Secretary Robert Gates and other military advisers.
has vowed to withdraw troops from Iraq within 16 months. He supports a plan to
nearly double the U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan.
On the economy, the
president is pushing for an $800 billion plan aimed at saving or creating
millions of jobs.
Earlier Wednesday, Mr. Obama announced a pay freeze for
senior White House employees, saying American families are being careful with
their money, and so should Washington. He also said "transparency and the rule
of law" will be the basis of his administration, in announcing rules concerning
former lobbyists who join the government.
More than a million people
turned out Tuesday on the National Mall in Washington to witness Mr. Obama's
inauguration as the 44th president of the United States, and the nation's first