Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their violation by others.

As the patriots of seventy-six did to the support of the Declaration of Independence, so to the support of the Constitution and Laws, let every American pledge his life, his property, and his sacred honor; let every man remember that to violate the law, is to trample on the blood of his father, and to tear the charter of his own, and his children's liberty.

Let reverence for the laws, be breathed by every American mother, to the lisping babe, that prattles on her lap; let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges; let it be written in Primers, spelling books, and in Almanacs; let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice. And, in short, let it become the political religion of the nation; and Let the old and the young, the rich and the poor, the grave and the gay, of all sexes and tongues, and colors and conditions, sacrifice unceasingly upon its altars.

While ever a state of feeling, such as this, shall universally, or even, very generally prevail throughout the nation, vain will be every effort, and fruitless every attempt, to subvert our national freedom.


- Abraham Lincoln, January 27, 1838
  Address Before the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Obama retakes oath of office after Roberts flub



CNN used the word 'flub' to describe Roberts' rendition of the presidential oath. Good word - I am adopting it.

Epic flub it was, and especially for a Chief Justice. I would like to think that the highest justice of the land would know the oath to which our president is bound... but I guess not.

Or maybe this has finally drilled those words into his head.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Obama retook his oath of office Wednesday after Chief Justice John Roberts flubbed while delivering it at Tuesday's inauguration.
President Barack Obama takes the oath of office -- his second in two days -- in the White House on Wednesday.

President Barack Obama takes the oath of office -- his second in two days -- in the White House on Wednesday.

The second oath -- also administered by Roberts -- took place at 7:35 p.m. Wednesday in the White House's Map Room. Roberts asked Obama whether he was ready.

"I am, and we're going to do it very slowly," Obama replied.

The do-over was aimed at dispelling any confusion that might arise from Tuesday's take -- in which "faithfully" was said out of sequence -- and erase any question that Obama is legally the president.



In a congressional luncheon after Tuesday's swearing-in, Roberts and Obama exchanged words, and the chief justice appeared to tell the president, "It was my fault."

Before Wednesday's second oath at the White House, Obama, waiting on a couch, joked that "we decided it was so much fun ... "

Though a Bible was used in Tuesday's oath, one was not used for Wednesday's.

After a flawless recitation, Roberts smiled and said, "Congratulations again."
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"Thank you, sir," the president replied. After a smattering of applause, Obama quipped that "the bad news for the [press] pool is there's 12 more balls."


And yes media talking heads -- who during the ceremony said that it was 'only a formality' -- yes, the oath is much more than a formality (you idiots.) How can you say the oath of office is only a formality?

Listening to you empty-media-heads is what lead people astray in the 2000 election, when you said the best qualification of a president was to be that guy you'd like to have a beer with in the neighborhood bar. NO! The qualifications of a president include a sharp intelligence, a grasp of history, a good knowledge of foreign affairs, humility, ethics, compassion, dedication to the people of this nation and dedication to the Constitution. Beer is NOWHERE in the picture.

As for the importance of the oath of office: this is where our president swears to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic. Well, at least Joe Biden swore to defend it from all enemies foreign and domestic, which is the traditional oath. It appears to have been modified a bit for the president, which I don't understand... but I believe that Constitutional lawyer President Obama will defend our Constitution and over-rule the previous attacks that have been waged against it by our 43rd president. Bush and Cheney proved to be a grave domestic threat to our Constitution. So yes, I'd say the oath - those words - are pretty damn important.

Now if only there were consequences for the way the oath was violated by the last administration.

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