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Chief Justice John G. Roberts Had Only One Job At Inauguration

January 20, 2009

Only one job.

An important one….but yet one job.

Lets just say it was not handled so well.

All I can say is that we will just have to meet again in four years for a redo.

There was, first of all, a false start from Mr. Obama, who started to respond before the chief justice had completed the first phrase. Mr. Obama ended up saying the first four words – “I, Barack Hussein Obama” – twice.

Then there was an awkward pause after Chief Justice Roberts prompted Mr. Obama with these words: “that I will execute the office of the president to the United States faithfully.” The chief justice seemed to say “to” rather than “of,” but that was not the main problem. The main problem was that the word “faithfully” had floated upstream in the constitutional text, which actually says this: “That I will faithfully execute the office of the president of the United States.”

Mr. Obama seemed to realize this, pausing quizzically after saying “that I will execute –”

The chief justice gave it another go, getting closer but still not quite right: “faithfully the office of president of the United States.” This time, he omitted the word “execute.”

Mr. Obama now repeated the chief justice’s initial error of putting “faithfully” at the end of the phrase. Starting where he had abruptly paused, he said: “the office of the president of the United States faithfully.”

It was smooth sailing from there. All of the words in the oath were uttered, along with “so help me God” at the end.

4 Comments
  1. Thomas J Canton permalink
    April 9, 2009 12:39 PM

    Deidra: You are right he is our President for only hopefully the next 1382 days until January 20, 2013. Do I like it? NO!! I can not get over what has happened so far:

    He is on pace to run up a larger deficit than every other U.S. President combined, he has repealed welfare reform, he’s trying to take over and micromanage large segments of the economy, and via Cap and Trade he has proposed the largest tax increase in history — one that would hit the poor and middle class particularly hard.

    Even though Obama has been in office for less than ninety days, a lot of people who pulled the lever for him are probably already wishing there were more Republicans in office to help keep him from governing like such a Hugo Chavez wannabe.

    Obama seeks to replace entrepreneurs with bureaucrats. He emboldens our enemies, who interpret his words of outreach and humility as signs of weakness. His actions — while well-intended — represent a menace to the continued security and prosperity of this nation. He smiles. He reproaches America. And much of the “world community” applauds.

    January 20, 2013, mark that date in your calendar or Blackberry.

    Do I still disgust you?

    Sorry.

  2. Deidra Jordan permalink
    April 9, 2009 10:30 AM

    oka, well the only thing i’ve got to say about “this” article is that yoou guys need to take that picture of OUR president Barack Obama off. i find it still so sad that there are still ignorant people out there in the world and still can’t accept the fact that he’s president and there is NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT!!! you “people” discust me!!! GET OVER IT

  3. tomjerkweed permalink
    January 22, 2009 9:17 AM

    Gees what an awful thing the Chief Justice did. He should step down from the Supreme Court immediately and have to recite the oath of office 100 times in the corner with a “Dunce” cap on.

  4. January 22, 2009 12:47 AM

    Too bad this picture postcard moment was disrupted. You only get one take in this situation. He might get another try in four years, but it just won’t hold the same significance.

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