Thursday, January 22, 2009

Oh Come on Obama, why you have to do the swearing in Twice??

It was not the Declaration of Independence…

But only a few simple lines…

Yet Obama stumbled while swearing in the oath of office as the 44th President of the US, at Washington DC on the 20th January 2009, in front of a million people and billions more watching live on TV…


Some said Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, John Roberts did it on purpose (out of vengeance???)

(In 2005, Obama was one of 22 senators who voted against putting Chief Justice John Roberts on the Supreme Court.)

The oath is supposed to be very short, and even you and me can do it with our eyes closed!!!

“ I Barack Husein Obama, do solemnly swear 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. So help me God."

What Obama said was -

"I Barak Husein 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."

In the oath, as set out in the US Constitution, the new President is supposed to swear to "faithfully execute the office of president of the United States".

But as Chief Justice Roberts read out the oath for Mr Obama to repeat, he moved the word "faithfully" to the end of the phrase.

Mr Obama, apparently noticing the error, hesitated. Mr Roberts repeated the phrase incorrectly, and Mr Obama followed suit, using the erroneous formula.

In the end, Barack Obama has to be sworn in as US president for the second time in 2 days, because of the word ‘faithfully” was given out of order during Tuesday's ceremony.

Chief Justice Roberts, administered the oath again at the White House today 7.35 pm Washington time.

In contrast to the first oath-taking, Mr Obama did not swear on a Bible and his wife Michelle was not at his side.

And instead of an audience of millions, only a few close aides saw the second attempt, with even journalists excluded from the Map Room of the White House.

But Mr Obama joked: "We decided it was so much fun...." before adding: "We're going to do it very slowly."

However, Obama’s inauguration was well received in the world.

Even newspaper headlines in Indonesia praised the new President, with one headline read “ANAK MENTENG, PENGUASA DUNIA”, which means Obama who used to live in Menteng, Jakarta for 4 years after his mom married an Indonesian, is now a world leader!!

And apart from the outgoing President, George W. Bush, another man looked relaxed and composed during the entire ceremony, for he very nearly become the 44th US President, 4 years ago, instead of Obama.

That person is Senator John Kerry, a former Vietnam veteran.

Kerry was the Presidential nominee of the Democratic Party in the 2004 US Presidential election against the Republican incumbent – President George W. Bush.

On November 3, 2004, Kerry conceded the race.

Kerry won 59.03 million votes or about 48 percent of the popular vote;

However Bush won 62.04 million votes, or about 51 percent of the popular vote.

In the final tally Kerry had 251 electoral votes to Bush's 286. It was close.

In January 2007, Kerry announced he would not run for President in 2008, instead choosing to run for another Senate term which he succeed.

Thanks for reading, faithfully yours.


Annoymous said...

Ah, yes its important to do it. He's swearing for the sake of the millions of citizens he'll be taking care of

Malaysian Hollywood 2.0 said...

yes harmony.... faithfully yours...!!

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