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The Constitution prescribes the text: The oath of office for the president of the United States.
And President Barack Obama, a constitutional lawyer in his time, apparently stood ready to repeat them. Because when Chief Justice John Roberts, administering the oath for his first time, misspoke the order of a few words, Obama took notice.
With the Bible used by Abraham Lincoln at his first inaugural, where the same words were mouthed, Roberts asked Obama: "Are you prepared to take the oath, senator?" Obama, now the 44th president, said he was.
Roberts, one of former President George W. Bush's appointees on the high court, led the way. But, when he reached the phrase, "that I will faithfully execute the office of president of the United States,'' Roberts at first omitted the word "faithfully'' - he re-inserted it after "president of the United States.''
Obama paused, not taking the miscue at first.
So Roberts repeated the phrase correctly, inserting "faithfully" in the right order: "faithfully execute the office of president of the United States."
Yet Obama then repeated Roberts' original misstatement - "the office of president of the United States faithfully."
Later, shaking hands before a congressional luncheon of pheasant and duck in Statuary Hall of the Capitol, Roberts chatted briefly with Obama - observers reported that the chief justice apparently allowed that he was to the blame for the missteps.
Originally posted by The Sword
reply to post by phantomjack
Your suggestion of Roberts being a communist plant sounds like something Lyndon LaRouche would type.
Time to take off the tinfoil hat?
Originally posted by stinger94
I don't think that I agree that there is a quid pro quo here, but to answer the other poster, yes, today's decision made me question the integrity of the SCOTUS. The reason is because the Federal Government has been given free rein to enforce legislation through taxation, scaring people into getting medical coverage. Mandating that people HAVE to buy something.
We are supposed to be a free country. Free to spend our money on things we need. Instead of looking at insurance companies and what they are doing, questioning why there were/are drastic increases in premiums from one year to the next. Instead, the governments solution is to tax people and force them to buy health insurance, and further tax people that have the really good insurance. Why? Because they can afford it. Meanwhile, no one in Congress or the White house pays for their health coverage. And they have the best plans.
This is a bad road we're going down. I'm not talking "New Deal" type of road, this is a very bad road to go down. Not only the largest tax increase in history, but further deteriorating our freedoms and more deeply rooting the government into our everyday life.
Just my opinion.
Originally posted by kosmicjack
I have been on the internet too long...I KNEW someone was going to float this theory.
ETA: See here for more detailsedit on 6/28/2012 by kosmicjack because: (no reason given)