Less than three hours after the Chief Justice of the United States (John Roberts pictured) misplaced the word “faithfully” in his administration of the constitutionally prescribed Oath, my erstwhile alter ego issued the following comment here and at other websites:
The Chief Justice flubbed the Oath by misplacing the word, “faithfully”:
The correct version:
“I 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.”
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will execute the office of President of the United States, faithfully…”
And the Oath is a constitutionally mandated procedure, so I can understand how Obama is thinking, “man, if we don’t get this right, I’m not really President.’!
Obama mistakenly called himself the 44th American to take the Oath. Wrong. Since Grover Cleveland took the oath in non-consecutive terms and is considered both the 22nd and 24th President, only 43 Americans have taken the Oath.
Sixteen plus plus hours later Matt Drudge reports:
OBAMA RE-SWORN IN
At 735 pm, Roberts administred the oath of office again to obama in the map room. Robert gibbs said the wh counsel, greg craig, believes the oath was fine Tuesday, but one word was out of sequence so they did this out of a “an abundance of caution.” “We decided it was so much fun…” Obama joked while sitting on a couch. Obama stood and walked over to make small talk with pool as roberts donned his black robe. “Are you ready to take the oath?” Roberts asked. “I am, and we’re going to do it very slowly,” obama replied. Oath took 25 seconds. After a flawless recitation, roberts smiled and said, “congratulations, again.” Obama said, “thank you, sir.” Smattering of applause. “All right.” Obama said. “The bad news for the pool is there’s 12 more balls.”
So, for 19+ hours, we know that Barack Obama was not President of the United States.
Was President Bush still president?
Or was Vice-President Joe Biden, whose Otah of Office was administered flawlessly the first time, actually President-in-fact? And if so, is that why we still haven’t seen the expected “international test”?
Now, if only President Obama could count.
Mike DeVine’s Examiner.com and Charlotte Observer columns
“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson