Oath of office of the president of the United States

oath taken by a new President of the United States

The oath of office of the president of the United States is an oath that the president takes as he takes office. The chief justice gives the oath to the president of the United States.

President Ronald Reagan being given the oath of office by Chief Justice Warren E. Burger on January 21, 1985.

The oath is ordered by the United States Constitution (Article II, Section One, Clause 8), and is given before the president begins his term of office.

This is what the oath says:

“I, (name), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

It is unknown how many presidents used a Bible or added the words "So help me God" at the end of the oath, or in their acceptance of the oath, as neither is required by law.[1]


  1. "United States Code: Title 28,453. Oaths of justices and judges | LII / Legal Information Institute". Law.cornell.edu. 2010-01-21. Retrieved 2010-08-07.