The Oath: Part IV

January 21st, 2013

President Obama shaking hands with Chief Justice Roberts.


Justice Sotomayor administers the oath to Vice President Biden.



You can see the Justices in the lower left-hand corner. Justice Scalia is wearing his dapper beanie. Tony Mauro has more on the skull caps.

justtices-wdeangleHere you can see Roberts and Sotomayor:


Scalia has the skull cap!


I saw Kagan but couldn’t get a screen shot.

Here is the back of Justice Thomas:


H/T Atlantic, a pic of Scalia’s hat.




University of Richmond LawProf Kevin Walsh writes:

The hat is a custom-made replica of the hat depicted in Holbein’s famous portrait of St. Thomas More. It was a gift from the St. Thomas More Society of Richmond, Virginia. We presented it to him in November 2010 as a memento of his participation in our 27th annual Red Mass and dinner.



I kinda see the resemblance.

H/T Michelle Olson

Update: Here is the video, and the official White House video.


Update: The New York Times has a great shot of the entire stage. I cropped out the Justices.

In the front row, closest to the President, are Scalia, Sotomayor, and Thomas. Next row are Breyer, Ginsburg, Thomas, Kennedy (who is not labelled, but wearing the cap). In the last row are Justices Kagan and Alito, who is sitting next to James Taylor.


Senator John Cornyn tweets this pic of the Justices at the inauguration.



Update: And from WaPo. Justice Ginsburg is hidden behind Justice Scalia. You can only see her hat.

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