Make us your home page

The Feed

What you're talking about today

My fave inaugural moment: Obama and the Chief Justice stumble over oath



Obama_oath_090120_mnWhat does it say, when the man taking the oath of office to become our 44th president is less nervous than the guy swearing him in?

That's what I was thinking after viewing the only significant hitch in today's majestic swearing in of Barack Obama as chief executive: The moment Chief Supreme Court Justice John Roberts screwed up the oath of office.

It's supposed to go this way: ""I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States . . ."

But Roberts said, instead: ""I will execute the office of president of the United States faithfully . . ." And there was a moment where Obama stopped, right before saying "faithfully," Roberts said the line right and then Obama repeated what he said first, putting "faithfully" at the end of the line.

Through it all, Obama was smiling a bit, well aware that this was a moment when the world was watching. I just thought it was cool that he apparently knew the oath of office by heart already.


[Last modified: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 2:54pm]


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours