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Why does the Chief Justice of the United States swear in the President at his or her inauguration?

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September 22, 2010 12:52AM

The Chief Justice is head of the US Supreme Court, which is head of the Judicial Branch of government, so the choice of official is appropriate and traditional, but not required. The President may select someone else to issue the Oath of Office if he (or she) so desires.