Both Obama and Chief Justice Roberts Flub Up Oath... Was This An 'Honest' Mistake?...

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Wed, 01/21/2009 - 2:38am.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and President Barack Obama flubbed the oath of office today, stumbling when attempting to complete the "execute faithfully the office of president of the United States" portion of the swearing-in statement... (Hmmm... Is this a justified sworn oath or... was there no oath 'intentionally' sworn? You decide... ~ S.I.A.) ~ Video

Roberts administered the oath.

"Are you prepared to take the oath, Senator?" he asked.

"I am," Obama responded.

Roberts began by stating the president-elect's name, but he was cut off before he could finish. 

"I Barack …" Obama eagerly chimed in before Roberts could complete the first sentence.

Obama then allowed Roberts to continue.

"I Barack Hussein Obama do solemnly swear that I will execute the office of president to the United States faithfully," Roberts said, flipping some of the words.

"That I will execute …" Obama stumbled and stared blankly at Roberts.

Roberts repeated, " … faithfully the office of president of the United States."

"The office of president of the United States faithfully," Obama said.

"And will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, so help me God," he finally finished.

Obama began his inaugural speech incorrectly stating, "Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath."

In fact, only 43 presidents have done so, as Grover Cleveland held the office for two nonconsecutive terms.

Barack Obama Takes Oath of Office

 

Time - 1:17 minutes.

January 20, 2009 - source

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The Chief Justice and President appeared to be in a small power struggle. There was a small platform for the Chief Justice. The President-elect joked about the platform for the Chief Justice.

This compares the Constitutional Oath of Office with what the Chief Justice recited:
"Faithfully" was misplaced:


Constitution Reads...

"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."

Recited Oath:

"I Barak Hussein Obama do solemnly swear that I will [ . . .] execute the Office of President of the United States faithfully, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. So help me God."

The interchange between the President-elect and Chief Justice during the oath of office:


Senator Obama: That's for you [referring to the platform placed for Chief Justice]

[Cheers]

Chief Justice: Are you prepared to take the oath, Senator?

Senator Obama: I am.

Chief Justice: I Barak Hussein Obama. .

Senator Obama; I Barak. . .

Chief Justice:  do solemly swear

Senator Obama: I Barak Hussein Obama do solemly swear

Chief Justice: That I will [ . . .] execute the office of President to the United States faithfully

Senator Obama: That I will execute [pause]

Chief Justice: the off-  faithfully the Pres- the office President of the United States

Senator Obama: the office of President the United States faithfully

Chief Justice; And will to the best of my ability

Senator Obama; And will to the best of my ability

Chief Justice: Preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.

Senator Obama: Preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States

Chief Justice: So help you god?

Senator Obama: So help me god.

Chief Justice: Congratulations, Mr. President.

President Obama:
[inaudible]

Chief Justice: . . . all best wishes.

You decide...

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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Wed, 01/21/2009 - 2:38am.