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Chief Justice Screws Up Oath -- Obama Blanks

1/20/2009 2:38 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

So the oath didn't go particularly well, and here's why. Chief Justice John Roberts screwed up the second line and it seems that threw Obama off track.

Obama oath: Click to watch
The oath, found in Article II Section I of the Constitution, reads, I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States....

The Chief asked Obama to repeat these words, "...that I will execute the office of President to the United States faithfully...." It's "of" the United States and the word "faithfully" should have come before the word "execute."

After that, Obama blanked. Could this be a conservative conspiracy?

Stay tuned!

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31.

Dawn    

If he doesn't believe in God, his saying "so help me God" really doesn't mean anything does it.
Just an abservation(sp)

2012 days ago
32.

Mo    

Obama jumped the gun and started speaking before he should have. But let's give him the benefit of the doubt that Pres. Bush never got.

2012 days ago
33.

jeezlouise    

This IS what America stands for... unity, growth, change, knowledge, etc... Embrace the history. It saddens me that people will not look past President Obama's skin color or political party, and work on the change this country needs.


Nothing to do with his skin color except that he won on the affirmative action vote. People voted for him because he was black- they would have voted for Buckwheat. Unity, Growth, Change ,Knowledge? are you living in the same place?
America stands for stupidity and hero worship from what i can see. People made all of the mistakes that put us where we are and now they want to vote 4 someone to make it all go away. Well it wont- until we all start being honest and stop scamming banks and then crying the victim. You all took bad mortgages because you wanted to flip houses and now blame Bush? Just stupidity. Obama is a pitch man with clever slogans- thats all.

2012 days ago
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Dyna ™    

29. We need to get behind this guy and make this country great again. You know we can!

Posted at 12:52PM on Jan 20th 2009 by kathryn


We need to get up and do what is necessary for ourselves- its not another persons responsibility to fix all of the things that are wrong. Why are you all so weak minded? Begging for 1 person to be the savior. You are just stupid and weak. Praising your new "Black Jesus". Just wait after 500 t.v. appearances- You will be duped and disappointed. There is no 1 person that can "fix it" Hmm, How much will Black Jesus give to the banks and big oil when they all cry to him? How much will it change anything? it wont- He is just as crooked as the rest. American Citizens are being robbed by corps and our own government- How did your free $600.00 help you? The answer is not a new leader, the answer is that we all need to take responsibility and just do the right thing. Change yourself.

Posted at 1:04PM on Jan 20th 2009 by jeezlouise

Jeezlouise sounds like his pick lost the election... Besides making you a loser, you should have watched the speech. I do believe that is exactly what President Obama said. If you would unclinch your teeth and open your ears, you might just learn something. We, the people, didn't cause the economy's downfall without the help of the bush/cheney administration. Yep, we've all been victims. We all need to do something to fix ourselves. I am relying on President Obama to fix the government. It's been broken far too long.

2012 days ago
35.

Marsha    

No...see... President Obama KNEW the Chief Justice said it wrong. If you watch, he is waiting for him to say it correctly so that his oath is done correctly.

2012 days ago
36.

who has the facts? ME    

Has Cheney been wheeled back to his crypt yet??

2012 days ago
37.

Jon    

TMZ you suck. Obama is a tool, he screwed up his own oath to office. The whole spectacle was a letdown I did'nt see any cherubs flying around him and no hint of his halo, whatsup wid dat!

2012 days ago
38.

freedomisnotfree    

NO MORE EXCUSES

2012 days ago
39.

Susan B.    

No matter...it's done and the man is in office. Let's move on.

2012 days ago
40.

jeezlouise    

We need to get behind this guy and make this country great again. You know we can!

Posted at 12:52PM on Jan 20th 2009 by kathryn


We need to get up and do what is necessary for ourselves- its not another persons responsibility to fix all of the things that are wrong. Why are you all so weak minded? Begging for 1 person to be the savior. You are just stupid and weak. Praising your new "Black Jesus". Just wait after 500 t.v. appearances- You will be duped and disappointed. There is no 1 person that can "fix it" Hmm, How much will Black Jesus give to the banks and big oil when they all cry to him? How much will it change anything? it wont- He is just as crooked as the rest. American Citizens are being robbed by corps and our own government- How did your free $600.00 help you? The answer is not a new leader, the answer is that we all need to take responsibility and just do the right thing. Change yourself.

2012 days ago
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Dyna ™    

41. Has Cheney been wheeled back to his crypt yet??

Posted at 1:20PM on Jan 20th 2009 by obamapalooza

Now that is funny as hell!!!!

2012 days ago
42.

Michele    

"28. 10. Rainbow 68: Expand your mind a little...the pastor was speaking of past, present, & future! Let me guess, you are one of those people who have neighbors that are black right? When white embraces what is right, meaning embracing & excepting all non-whites, owning up to the wrong that was previously done to blacks. The same blacks who built the White House!! Accept & embrace that now, whites are the minority. Whether it was an honest mistake or not, Chief Justice or a lame attempt from the conservative conpiracy side, they fail to realize, still, that Obama is a very intelligent man! I would imagine you feel pretty silly now, clearly you have not realized that you are not privy to use the race card!"

Uh, yeah. Almost all of my neighbors are black. I'm definitely a minority here in Hampton, Va. As far as your intelligence remark goes, Obama is an intelligent man. So was Hitler. Intelligence doesn't make what someone believes in right.

"meaning embracing & excepting all non-whites, owning up to the wrong that was previously done to blacks"

I should own up to all of the wrongs that were committed against blacks? Are the blacks that enslaved their own kind going to own up with me? I didn't enslave anyone. I won't "own" up to anything. This victim routine is getting a tad old. Let's move forward and stop using the past when it's convenient.

Oh, by the way, my husband is black and he agrees with me.

2012 days ago
43.

.:Loki 4Ever:.    

JeezLouise, if you are so against this country, then why not leave! I don't understand how you can be so negative on such an amazing day.

2012 days ago
44.

James    

You've obviously never seen a Presidential Oath of Office. OBAMA screwed up first. He came in too early on the first phrase.

People are saying that Chief Justice John Roberts messed up the oath. That's not completely true. Obama messed up first by jumping in too early.

The oath says: "I Barack Hussein Obama do solemnly swear" and then Obama was supposed to repeat this part before going on to the next. But instead, Obama jumped in prematurely, after his name.

This then threw off the Chief Justice, who forgot to say the word "faithfully" when saying, "to faithfully execute the office of President of the United States." Instead, Roberts said, "to execute the office of President of the United States faithfully." Obviously, Obama's mistake tripped up the Chief Justice.

But once Roberts corrected himself, Obama repeated the WRONG phrase, saying, "to execute the office of President of the United States faithfully", as if he had memorized that one when Roberts said it and couldn't process the other information fast enough to say the correct version.

So you're wrong to say that the Chief Justice's mistake tripped up Obama. It's the other way around. Obama's mistake tripped up the Chief Justice. Just watch it. It's plain to see if you know how the oath is supposed to go. I suggest watching another inaugural (such as Kennedy, Reagan, etc.) and see how it's supposed to be done, and then you will notice Obama's mistake.

EMBARRASSING! What's supposed to be one of the most memorable inaugurals ever has the oath screwed up. So much for playing that one over and over for posterity.


2012 days ago
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jeezlouise    

I am relying on President Obama to fix the government. It's been broken far too long.

Posted at 1:15PM on Jan 20th 2009 by Dyna ™

Thats the problem -relying on a crook to fix your problems. You think your poster boy didnt know about all of the corruption in Chi Town? If you dont you are truly duped by fame and celebrity. This country doesnt need a new pitch man with slogans and speeches, we need people to take personal responsibility for their actions and behaviors. Just "do the right thing" You must have an A.R.M. and are hoping ol Barry will pay the banks off for you. Whatta twit. The government is broken because of greed and corruption, something Barry Obama knows a lot about.

2012 days ago
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