First Inauguration For Roberts As Chief Justice

WASHINGTON (AP) - Today's presidential inauguration could be the first of many for Chief Justice John Roberts.

Roberts is 53 and the youngest chief justice in more than 200 years. He easily could still be in his role a quarter century from now, long after Barack Obama has left office.

Around noon, Roberts will recite -- and Obama will repeat -- the 35-word oath that's prescribed by the Constitution, adding "so help me God" at the end.

Roberts and Obama have some things in common. Both have law degrees from Harvard and they've each made rapid ascents to power.

But with the Bible used by Abraham Lincoln at his first inaugural between them, Obama will also be the first president to be sworn in by a chief justice he voted against.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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