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About that oath flub
Posted: Tuesday, January 20, 2009 12:22 PM by Domenico Montanaro
Filed Under: Obama WH Transition
From NBC’s Pete Williams
The recitation of the presidential oath came in fits and starts.
The Constitution prescribes the text: “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States and will to best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
But Chief Justice John Roberts, using no notes, flubbed his lines, and Obama knew it.
First, Obama jumped in before the “do solemnly swear” phrase, which seemed to throw the chief justice off his stride. Roberts rendered the next phrase as “that I will execute the office of President to the United States faithfully.”
“That I will execute,” Obama repeated, then paused like a school teacher prompting his student with a slight nod. Roberts took another shot at it: “The off … faithfully the pres … the office of President of the United States.”
The oath then got more or less back on track after that. Close enough for government work.
yup, exactly. it was like two actors who have learned their lines – and then one messes theirs up, so the other actor doesn’t quite know whether to proceed as he should do, or work around the new lines his opposite actor has just spoken. I loved the way he said ‘So help you god?’ at the end, posing it as a question.