That's right: Washington said those words after taking the prescribed oath. It became tradition to follow him in this.
Daniel Portnoy says he walked up the driveway and knocked on the front door. The homeowner opened the door.
Portnoy and the man chatted for a minute and parted ways. Mission accomplished. Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. accepted service of a U.S. District Court summons at home, Portnoy says.
"Definitely a gentleman," Portnoy says.
Roberts didn't "assume" the title. He was nominated for it by the President and confirmed for it by the Senate.
Perhaps I misunderstood the circumstances, it was my understanding that when Roberts was appointed to the Supreme Court, he assumed the title of Chief Justice.
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