Skip to comments.Barack Obama's Oath of Office
Posted on 01/20/2009 10:29:04 AM PST by antonia
Barack trips on the words of his Oath.
Obama took the oaf of office.
He doesn’t intend to follow the Constitution anyway, so why bother getting the oath right. Though its Roberts that miffed it.
Is there a transcript available?
Er, to be fair here, it was the Chief Justice that flubbed it, which threw Obambi off.
I don’t want to be in the business of sticking up for the new cretin-in-chief here, but I’d prefer to keep criticism of him grounded in reality.
This is just silly, and inaccurate.
Come on, let this one go. It makes us look like idiots. Roberts flubbed it. It looks to me like he skipped the word faithfully, realized he had done so, then added the word back in at the end of the sentence. Obama hesitated—with reason—do I recite the Chief Justice’s rewording or do I stick with what I memorized, the formal wording. Roberts realized why Obama was hesitating and jumped in with the correct wording.
Roberts made the mistake. If anything, Obama was overprepared and knew what the proper wording was.
Jumping on Obama for this makes us look like fools. Choose your battles prudently.
What do you expect? there probably wasn’t a telepromter right in front of him.....obama IS Ron Burgundy..a no talent script reader.
Barack didn’t trip.He waited on Roberts to correct his mistake,before continuing.
Yes. Must agree. Justice Roberts flubbed and Obama was thrown off. Let’s call it as it was and not be small. THere is enough accurate points politically to disagree with when it comes to Obama. We do not need to blame him for something that is not his error. We are larger then the Democrats I would think.
"Just after noon, Obama stepped forward on the West Front of the Capitol to lay his left hand on the same Bible that President Abraham Lincoln used at his first inauguration in 1861. The 35-word oath of office, administered by Chief Justice John Roberts, has been uttered by every president since George Washington. Obama was one of 22 Democratic senators to vote against Roberts' confirmation to the Supreme Court in 2005."
Was it Roberts who initiated the stumbling?
Obama started speaking over Roberts at the beginning if you watch the video. Threw the whole thing out of whack.
To be accurate, it sounds as though Obama jumped in to repeat the line as Roberts was initially reading the oath. Had Obama just waited, CJ Roberts wouldn't have had to repeat himself.
Roberts, who was thrown by having to repeat part of the oath, did fumble the words.
Patience is sometimes a virtue, even when you're President.
Exactly. Obama was gracious in not correcting Roberts and Roberts was gracious in accepting blame. Watching the luncheon just now, when Obama walked up to Roberts you can see Roberts mouthing “It was my fault...”
Roberts messed up the wording, Obama hesitated, Roberts haltingly corrected himself, Obama repeated... not a big deal.
Hussein was intimidated by a real man, a real leader
LOL, the affirmative action President for sure!
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Barack Obama Tuesday recited the oath of office to become the 44th president of the United States, administered by Chief Justice John Roberts:
ROBERTS: Are you prepared to take the oath, Senator?
OBAMA: I am.
ROBERTS: I, Barack Hussein Obama...
OBAMA: I, Barack...
ROBERTS: ... do solemnly swear...
OBAMA: I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear...
ROBERTS: ... that I will execute the office of president to the United States faithfully...
OBAMA: ... that I will execute...
ROBERTS: ... faithfully the office of president of the United States...
OBAMA: ... the office of president of the United States faithfully...
ROBERTS: ... and will to the best of my ability...
OBAMA: ... and will to the best of my ability...
ROBERTS: ... preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
OBAMA: ... preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
ROBERTS: So help you God?
OBAMA: So help me God.
ROBERTS: Congratulations, Mr. President.
You’re kidding right? Roberts definitely said faithfully the first time around.
Chief Justice Roberts used a little different line break than most people do when administering the oath. He through in a longer reading of a sentence where normally there is a break in that sentence.
Youre kidding right? Roberts definitely said faithfully the first time around.But he said it at the wrong place.
I guess we have to get used to that now.
Roberts said it in the wrong spot, though. The correct text is “will faithfully execute”. Roberts left out “faithfully” and then tacked it onto the end of the phrase. Obama started to repeat “will execute” and then stopped, realizing “faithfully” was missing.
It’s true that this may have been started by Obama starting to repeat the first phrase “I, Barack Hussein Obama...” before Roberts said “do solemnly swear”, perhaps because there was a small pause there. But the rest of the screwups were Roberts’.
Please pardon me! The UPI does include the garble.
I realize that they both messed it up. I wonder if (much more importantly), not following the Constitution- dictated oath to the letter now means that the Presidency is not official?
A technicality might keep him from being President? We can only hope.
Actually, Roberts was the one who needed a teleprompter.
In all seriousness, for something this important, the Chief Justice should bring a notecard to refer to. I know it's a short oath but the nerves of the situation could make anyone forget the words, as obviously happened to Roberts. He's not used to speaking in front of such a large crowd in such a high pressure situation. He should have brought notes, even if he thought he had it memorized.
anyone can be a poet..
Just like the one police officers carry.
But that's not the start of the flubs. The first flub was when Obama interrupted Roberts early on, forcing the oath to back up to the beginning, and I believe that's what threw off Roberts. After that, they both made more flubs. It just kind of fed on itself.
Lincoln’s ghost making Zero nervous as he touched Lincoln’s bible, secretly wishing it were the Quran. ;)
Nope. After Roberts corrected that phrase by moving the word "faithfully" to the front where it should have been, Obambi repeated the phrase with "faithfully" moved back to the wrong place at the end.
But at the end of the sentence. It’s supposed to come before “execute.” He skipped it (slight hesitation before he said “execute”), realized it, added it back in at the end of the sentence. That’s what I wrote the first time around.
You are simply wrong. Look, we make ourselves look like fools when you come back, after others have provided the proof that Roberts left out the word “faithfully” in it’s proper place, and have to find something that Obama did wrong. He did not jump in before Roberts finished.
That you must find something to fault Obama with, when the evidence has been presented to you that Roberts goofed, makes you look vindictive, petty, small.
Let go if this. Grow up. There will plenty of legitimate things to fault Obama for. We don’t need to make fools of ourselves.
Roberts put “faithfully” at the end of the sentence, and that one little change threw the kenyan off.
Heh heh, those judges and their Socratic methods.
The pupil coulddnt follow along without his silly teleprompter.
Okay, I see you are referring to Obama starting to repeat his name when Roberts intended to add another phrase before pausing. Whether that was Roberts fault for pausing too long before continuing or Obama’s for starting to repeat before it was clear whether Roberts was pausing is six of one and a half dozen of the other. They should have both had the phrasing, pausing, established firmly in advance to avoid this sort of problem but from the video it’s not clearly Obama’s fault or Roberts’ fault.
The fact that you cannot simply accept that Roberts flubed the “faithfully” part but simply HAVE to find something to fault Obama with, remains a fact. And it makes you, and by extension it makes us all, look petty and childish.
Not really. Roberts never actually said it correctly "I will faithfully execute the office..."
This is what he came up with, after stumbling.
"Roberts: the off... faithfully the pres... the office of President of the United States"
He moved it towards the front of the phrase, sorta, but nowhere near "execute" or in the right order. There's no way Obama could repeat that so it seems he went with what was originally said.
Just a confusing situation caused by nervousness. It seems like they were both able to see the humor in it and no one's really upset. No biggie.
Yep, just the first instance of “Someone else’s fault”.
Did anyone else think it odd that Roberts had to ask him “so help you God?” I thought that was a voluntary on the part of the oath taker.
I about lept off my couch! I’ve been so depressed over this whole matter that I’ve taken to my couch rather than my bed (sniff).
Calling us fools and telling us when or when not to criticize Hussien makes you look like a DUer, noob.
You’re the name caller. The newbie stuff is what children do. I’ve been on FR longer than you have.
It seems like an appropriate beginning of the era of Jimmy Carter II.
I said, criticize away, just not on this one. If you bothered to read the thread, you’ll notice that a half-dozen other FREEPERs agree on this particular point. So come down from your high-horse.
Go ahead, try to run herd for Obama on this site and see how long that lasts.