Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Chief Justice Roberts and the Presidential Oath


You have to feel a little bad for Chief Justice John Roberts. The fumbling of the presidential oath between incoming President Barack Obama and Chief Justice John Roberts lies squarely on the shoulders of the Chief Justice.

Not only is it the Chief Justice's responsibility to lead the new President through the oath, but it's also his responsibility to correctly administer the oath.

And yet Chief Justice Roberts incorrectly prompted the new President. Things got off to an awkward start when the Chief Justice and the incoming President seemed to be talking at the same time, as the Chief Justice asked Obama if he was ready. And things didn't get any better after that.

The presidential oath includes the phrase "that I will faithfully execute the office of president of the United States," but Roberts stuck "faithfully" at the end of the sentence instead. It created an awkward moment for Obama and for the inaugural event itself.

Now, let's show a little grace here. Tens of millions of people were watching and it was the first inauguration for Roberts as Chief Justice. It was an unfortunate error, and it's one he probably feels terrible about.

I know I've made my share of mistakes. So far, though, none of them had tens of millions of people around the world watching. :-)

7 comments:

Tarun said...

Ofcourse, Mr.Barack Obama is my real hero and love you obama,I want to meet You.

Tarun said...

Obama please make world peaceful and god bless you.

mberenis said...

Obama is my hero too! He's made plenty of changes already. :) GO-bama! :)

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Satish said...

Love You Obama, Yes you Can.

Satish said...

Love you Obama

Welcome Obama ... Bye - Bye Bush

NObama Hussein said...

Obama is not a hero. He's a screw up and all Justice Robert's mistake showed yesterday was that Obama is a follower, not a leader. He would rather say (or do) the wrong thing just because that's what everyone tells him to do, rather than say (or do) the right thing! He's a real chump and I am truly sorry for the terrible times American is in store for because of this man...

Our Founding Truth said...

Obama please make world peaceful and god bless you.>

Only Jesus Christ can bring world peace.