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Oath of office...OK to use crib sheet

by fredo
on 1/21/2009 @ 8:34pm
How is possible that a person with enough brains to become Chief Justice of the Supreme Court can't read a simple oath of office? My 7 year old can read it with more confidence than Justice Roberts. Good Grief.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 1/21/2009 @ 9:01pm
That was pretty bad, bad enough Chief Justice Roberts swore in Obama again tonight. The oath is very specific and part of the Constitution, you don't mess with the wording and have it still be constitutional. One would imagine this gaff reflects badly on the Chief Justice's qualifications to be on the Supreme Court.

by ixia on 1/21/2009 @ 9:03pm
Just a few weeks ago Roberts was quite verbal about needing a pay raise. Let's give him a WASL first.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 1/21/2009 @ 9:22pm
I think Roberts should resign in shame. First he had demonstrated that he isn't capable of doing the job and second he doesn't think he gets enough money for doing it as poorly as he does. Obama can find us better.

by fredo on 1/21/2009 @ 9:24pm

by seejane on 1/21/2009 @ 9:28pm
come on he was a Bush appointee... what do you expect?

by NineInchNachos on 1/21/2009 @ 10:01pm
Harriet Miers would have been way better.

by Dave_L on 1/21/2009 @ 10:08pm
Momentary off-topic - Another cool avatar selection, seejane!
(As she sits outside principal's office.)
I have to go back and watch the video on the swearing in. I couldn't believe it when it happened. In retrospect, maybe someone qualified should have been standing next to Roberts reciting it to him line-by line, then Roberts could turn and repeat each line to Obama.

by chrism39 on 1/22/2009 @ 9:33am
I like how cool Obama was, he wasnt flustered a bit.

by fredo on 1/22/2009 @ 12:15pm
Chris, Obama was cool as you noted. But why wouldn't anyone appear composed when asked to recite one paragraph statement that was being spoon fed?

by Mofo from the Hood on 1/22/2009 @ 1:36pm
According to an article by Michael D. Shear in the Washington Post, the second recitation did not include swearing in on the Bible. No explanation was offered. Maybe a third recitation should take place with all the protocol elements provided at the first recitation.

Is lack of accountability going to characterize this administration? Or maybe this implies a shift as to where the populace is expected to direct their obedience... Obama is the ultimate authority?

by Jake on 1/22/2009 @ 2:01pm
Watching MSNBC they said that he became President before he even started the oath because the program was running late. Something about the Constitution saying he becomes President at the top of the hour (was it 11 or Noon?) and the oath which took less than 1 minute didn't finish until 5 minutes after the top of the hour.

by seejane on 1/22/2009 @ 5:34pm
CNN said he was pres. at noon, with or without the oath the said that's what the constitution says.

by fredo on 1/22/2009 @ 6:37pm
If he becomes president at noon, what's the significance of the oath?

by NineInchNachos on 1/22/2009 @ 8:06pm
the oath is a nice photo op. that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.

by Mofo from the Hood on 1/22/2009 @ 9:22pm
As laugh out loud that statement is about the oath being just a photo op. to harden hearts and enslave minds (sounds familiar–Tacoma Atheists linked to the Presidential oath?) there must be a logic to the ceremony.

That's my point about the absence of the Bible in the second recitation of the oath. That was an action that creates confusion, frustration, and conflict. Is Obama trying to carry out his impossible philosophy of all-inclusiveness–one oath for those who accept the Bible as the final authority and one oath for those who do not?

When people don't know what to believe, that creates a climate of disillusionment and skepticism.

by NineInchNachos on 1/22/2009 @ 10:05pm
mofo you're as crazy as a chocolate oven mitt

by marumaruyopparai on 1/22/2009 @ 10:13pm
Clearly a brilliant act of subterfuge on the part of Obama to evict God from the White House. Sieze upon the opportunity provided by the foolish Roman Catholic Justice's missteps in the recitation of the oathe as a means to accidentally make a mistake, and invalidate his own coronation. Then, later, be forced to repeat the entire oathe to make it official in a time and place when, "oops, shucks, no bible, we'll have to do this one without the good book Justice Roberts".

No bibles in the White House?

It makes sense though, Obama needs to distance himself from the policies and associations of the previous administration (low approval ratings and all). Obama can't have God skulking around the White House looking over his shoulder and trying to inform policy. Bush and God were too close, wrote too much policy together, probably sniffed coke together. He said "so help me God," but his hand wasn't on the bible the second time, the official time, when it really counted. God's gonna have to fend for himself now, out on the mean streets of DC.

by NineInchNachos on 1/22/2009 @ 10:21pm
I think we as Americans have to take a long hard look in the mirror and ask ourselves: What has god done for us lately?

I'll tell ya wot. god can eat a bag of dicks. Do you think god has taken time out of his busy schedule to save microsoft? NO!

Thanks for helping fix vista god!

Thanks for ruining the economy god!

Thanks For NOTHING!!! FU!

by NineInchNachos on 1/22/2009 @ 10:52pm
mofo's conspiracy realized: