Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Two Confused Branches Of Government

Graciously, Chief Justice John Roberts took the rap for getting the oath of office wrong this afternoon, as well he should have. President Obama played a role as well, but his honeymoon is still in full swing, so we'll cut him some slack.

Here's what happened: Roberts tried to say, "I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear," but Obama interrupted him and said, "I, Barack Hussein Obama." That threw Roberts off his game. He'd memorized the oath, but having lost the rhythm of the words, he briefly forgot them. After Obama had caught up, Roberts continued, "will execute the office to (sic) President of the United States faithfully." Obama hesitated, because he knew "faithfully" belonged before "execute." Roberts realized it, too, and tried to fix it, which is what led to the comic portion of the process. Then Obama went ahead and said it Roberts' way (which is to say, wrongly).

It was your basic overachiever's nightmare. Couldn't have happened to a smarter couple of guys.

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