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Barack Obama's Oath of Office
http://www.youtube.com ^ | Jan 20, 2009 | Obama

Posted on 01/20/2009 10:29:04 AM PST by antonia

Barack trips on the words of his Oath.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bho44; bhoinauguration; oath; oathofoffice; obamaoath; obamaswearingin; swearingin; youtube
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1 posted on 01/20/2009 10:29:05 AM PST by antonia
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To: antonia

Obama took the oaf of office.


2 posted on 01/20/2009 10:30:13 AM PST by Enterprise (A Representive Republic - gone now. Foolish people.)
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To: antonia

He doesn’t intend to follow the Constitution anyway, so why bother getting the oath right. Though its Roberts that miffed it.


3 posted on 01/20/2009 10:30:16 AM PST by americanophile
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To: antonia

Is there a transcript available?


4 posted on 01/20/2009 10:30:35 AM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5(SONY)|http://trad-anglican.faithweb.com/|TaglineSpaceForRent)
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To: sionnsar

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2167970/posts?page=1170#1170


5 posted on 01/20/2009 10:34:03 AM PST by rockabyebaby (Say what you feel, those who matter don't mind, those who mind don't matter.)
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To: antonia

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.


6 posted on 01/20/2009 10:34:28 AM PST by mquinn (Obama's supporters: a deliberate drowning of consciousness by means of rhythmic noise)
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To: antonia

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.


7 posted on 01/20/2009 10:34:44 AM PST by Houghton M.
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What do you expect? there probably wasn’t a telepromter right in front of him.....obama IS Ron Burgundy..a no talent script reader.


8 posted on 01/20/2009 10:39:34 AM PST by uncle fenders
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To: antonia

Barack didn’t trip.He waited on Roberts to correct his mistake,before continuing.


9 posted on 01/20/2009 10:39:49 AM PST by quack ("Those Who Sacrifice Liberty For Security Deserve Neither.")
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To: mquinn

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.


10 posted on 01/20/2009 10:40:00 AM PST by GOP Poet
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To: sionnsar
Each president recites the following oath, in accordance with Article II, Section I of the U.S. Constitution:
" 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."

"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?

11 posted on 01/20/2009 10:41:24 AM PST by antonia (A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves. - Edward R. Murrow)
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To: mquinn

Obama started speaking over Roberts at the beginning if you watch the video. Threw the whole thing out of whack.


12 posted on 01/20/2009 10:41:44 AM PST by Carling (After the post-election GOP attacks against Gov. Palin, I am sad to say I am leaving the party..)
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To: mquinn
Er, to be fair here, it was the Chief Justice that flubbed it, which threw Obambi off.

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.

13 posted on 01/20/2009 10:41:56 AM PST by Lou L
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To: mquinn

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.


14 posted on 01/20/2009 10:42:15 AM PST by saquin
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To: antonia

Hussein was intimidated by a real man, a real leader


15 posted on 01/20/2009 10:44:48 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . The original point of America was not to be Europe)
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To: antonia

NO TELEPROMPTER!!!


16 posted on 01/20/2009 10:46:37 AM PST by xmission (www.iwilldefendtheconstitution.com)
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To: antonia






Give the guy a break --- that Bible had to have been burning his hand. Hurt like Hell, I bet.






17 posted on 01/20/2009 10:46:48 AM PST by MeanWestTexan (Beware Obama's Reichstag fire.)
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To: antonia
He could not have flubbed...its someone else’s fault...he is too cool,brilliant and articulate to mess up....

LOL, the affirmative action President for sure!

18 posted on 01/20/2009 10:46:48 AM PST by roses of sharon (Pray Hussein fails!)
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To: sionnsar
UPI offers this transcript but as we can see when we watch a video of the oath, this transcript is sans the garble.

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.

19 posted on 01/20/2009 10:46:57 AM PST by antonia (A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves. - Edward R. Murrow)
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To: Houghton M.

You’re kidding right? Roberts definitely said faithfully the first time around.


20 posted on 01/20/2009 10:47:51 AM PST by xmission (www.iwilldefendtheconstitution.com)
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To: Enterprise

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.


21 posted on 01/20/2009 10:51:41 AM PST by gogov
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To: xmission
You’re kidding right? Roberts definitely said faithfully the first time around.
But he said it at the wrong place.
22 posted on 01/20/2009 10:51:45 AM PST by Your Nightmare
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To: saquin
Look at the comments on that vid though. If you dare say a word against 0 you are a hater, a racist, everything in the book that is bad.

I guess we have to get used to that now.

23 posted on 01/20/2009 10:51:47 AM PST by WakeUpAndVote (INGSOC starts 1.20.09)
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To: xmission

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’.


24 posted on 01/20/2009 10:53:40 AM PST by saquin
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To: antonia
UPI offers this transcript but as we can see when we watch a video of the oath, this transcript is sans the garble.

Please pardon me! The UPI does include the garble.

25 posted on 01/20/2009 10:55:30 AM PST by antonia (A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves. - Edward R. Murrow)
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To: antonia

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.


26 posted on 01/20/2009 10:55:44 AM PST by SweetLanaLiberty (The Bushes- a shining example of a REAL and loving marriage)
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To: xmission
NO TELEPROMPTER!!!

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.

27 posted on 01/20/2009 10:57:56 AM PST by saquin
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To: antonia

anyone can be a poet..


28 posted on 01/20/2009 11:01:46 AM PST by hadaclueonce (< Patching a tire ....)
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To: saquin
In all seriousness, for something this important, the Chief Justice should bring a notecard to refer to.

Just like the one police officers carry.

29 posted on 01/20/2009 11:03:32 AM PST by Jumpmaster (America's epitaph: We were politically correct!)
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To: mquinn
Er, to be fair here, it was the Chief Justice that flubbed it, which threw Obambi off.

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.

30 posted on 01/20/2009 11:05:37 AM PST by CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC (If my kids make a mistake in the voting booth, I don't want them punished with a community organizer)
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To: antonia

Lincoln’s ghost making Zero nervous as he touched Lincoln’s bible, secretly wishing it were the Quran. ;)


31 posted on 01/20/2009 11:10:04 AM PST by anymouse (God didn't write this sitcom we call life, he's just the critic.)
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To: saquin
But the rest of the screwups were Roberts’.

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.

32 posted on 01/20/2009 11:15:12 AM PST by CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC (If my kids make a mistake in the voting booth, I don't want them punished with a community organizer)
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To: antonia
Purposely flubbed to cover for BO’s ineligibility?
33 posted on 01/20/2009 11:17:58 AM PST by jetson
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To: xmission

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.


34 posted on 01/20/2009 11:20:15 AM PST by Houghton M.
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To: CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC

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.


35 posted on 01/20/2009 11:24:11 AM PST by Houghton M.
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To: americanophile

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.


36 posted on 01/20/2009 11:28:20 AM PST by Canedawg
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To: CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC

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.


37 posted on 01/20/2009 11:28:51 AM PST by Houghton M.
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To: sionnsar
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38 posted on 01/20/2009 11:29:54 AM PST by Larousse2 (Like June Carter Cash, "I'm just tryin' to matter.")
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To: CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC
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.

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.

39 posted on 01/20/2009 11:30:37 AM PST by saquin
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To: Larousse2

Yep, just the first instance of “Someone else’s fault”.


40 posted on 01/20/2009 11:34:47 AM PST by TravisBickle (Are you talkin' to me?)
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To: antonia

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.


41 posted on 01/20/2009 11:35:03 AM PST by ichabod1 (Change is not a destination, Hope is not a strategy)
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To: TravisBickle

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).


42 posted on 01/20/2009 11:39:41 AM PST by Larousse2 (Like June Carter Cash, "I'm just tryin' to matter.")
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To: Larousse2

Thanks.


43 posted on 01/20/2009 11:40:23 AM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5(SONY)|http://trad-anglican.faithweb.com/|TaglineSpaceForRent)
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To: Houghton M.
Obama threw Roberts off when he jumped in before Roberts finished the first line.

Calling us fools and telling us when or when not to criticize Hussien makes you look like a DUer, noob.

44 posted on 01/20/2009 11:41:25 AM PST by Blue State Insurgent (Thank you, President Bush.)
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To: sionnsar

You’re welcome!


45 posted on 01/20/2009 11:46:51 AM PST by Larousse2 (Like June Carter Cash, "I'm just tryin' to matter.")
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To: Blue State Insurgent

You’re the name caller. The newbie stuff is what children do. I’ve been on FR longer than you have.


46 posted on 01/20/2009 11:50:53 AM PST by Houghton M.
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To: antonia

It seems like an appropriate beginning of the era of Jimmy Carter II.


47 posted on 01/20/2009 11:51:22 AM PST by Aquinasfan (When you find "Sola Scriptura" in the Bible, let me know)
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To: Houghton M.
Just let us foolish children know when you think it's OK for us to criticize Hussien. I'll await your ping, noob.
48 posted on 01/20/2009 11:59:52 AM PST by Blue State Insurgent (Thank you, President Bush.)
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To: Blue State Insurgent

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.


49 posted on 01/20/2009 12:43:10 PM PST by Houghton M.
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To: Houghton M.
You can fool some of the freepers all of the time but you aren't going to silence the rest of us.

Go ahead, try to run herd for Obama on this site and see how long that lasts.

50 posted on 01/20/2009 1:01:54 PM PST by Blue State Insurgent (Thank you, President Bush.)
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