Wrong Oath, Right President?

Chief Justice John Roberts screwed up the Oath of Office for President Obama and Obama flubbed it in return. He did not state the required “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute…” etc. Instead he said “I Barak Hussein Obama do solemnly swear that I will execute the office… faithfully.”

Does this mean he’s not president?


It’s all about what he signs after the fact, and I bet they got that document correct.

Still, it doesn’t improve John Roberts’ resumé to have screwed up like that in front of the Whole Damn World, although I will also admit that Obama went along with it. It might have been a prickish move to repeat the oath differently from what the Chief Justice was telling you to.

Edit: Already 43,000 hits on google for “Obama Screws up Oath”

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5 Responses to Wrong Oath, Right President?

  1. James Cronen says:

    I’m wondering if the same people who believe the ridiculous claim that Obama doesn’t meet the “natural-born citizen” requirement for being President are going to jump on this flub as more fuel for their crazy conspiracy.

    Not that it matters.

    Go Obama!

  2. Annie says:

    In a direct question at the “Neighborhood Ball”, Obama was very humble and diplomatic about the blunder. He just kinda brushed it off as “Hey, we were both a little nervous” with an undertone of “I’d like to see anyone else get through an event as momentous as today and not be a little nervous”.

  3. James Cronen says:

    Seems like it doesn’t matter anymore anyhow, since Obama re-took the oath last night.

  4. Abc says:

    I saw it, but I was shocked! Joe Bidden took oath PERFECTLY! but Obama took wrongly..oh my god, is this a bad sign? bad luck for him? he was swearing the oath with the bibble and should take this seriously.

  5. Bill Ruhsam says:

    @Abc: I’m not thinking luck or the bible had anything to do with it. More like the immensity of the moment.

    Whether he’s swearing on the bible or not really doesn’t make a difference to his oath. This is a nation of laws, not religion.

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