The New Kids in Town

As of noon today, Chimpy and Deadeye Dick are no longer in charge. We made it, kids. Eight long years, but it looks like we’ve finally been….

Original DVD cover.

WASHINGTON (AFP) โ€” Barack Obama took the 35-word oath of office Tuesday to become the United States’ 44th president — even if he may have been led to utter the historic words in the wrong order.

Obama was sworn in by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, resting his left hand on Abraham Lincoln’s Bible and raising his right hand to deliver the words that formally made him the successor to former president George W. Bush.


Under the gaze of more than two million crowded onto Washington’s National Mall and millions more around the world, Obama said: “I, Barack Hussein 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.”

As specified in the US Constitution, the word “faithfully” precedes the phrase “execute the office,” but the chief justice, in his first presidential inauguration, read that part of the oath incorrectly.

Obama paused, apparently realizing something was wrong, and after an awkward moment Roberts repeated himself, but the chief justice stumbled again. Obama eventually recited the line as Roberts originally said it.


Jeffrey Rosen, a US constitutional law expert and professor at George Washington University in Washington, said stumbling over the oath has “no impact. News flash: He’s president.”

Rosen pointed to the 20th amendment of the US Constitution, which provides that the president and vice president’s term begins at noon on January 20th.

“Lots of people have flubbed the oath, perhaps most memorably Chief Justice (William Howard) Taft, who sort of riffed and then made up his own” upon swearing in then-president Herbert Hoover, said Rosen.

Where the oath calls for the president to pledge to “preserve, protect, and defend” the constitution, Taft said “preserve, maintain and defend” — injecting an entirely new word, while Roberts merely got the order wrong.


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21 responses to “The New Kids in Town

  1. Brilliant, Nonnie!!!

    And hilarious!

    WHat a great day! Well for the most part, I could do w/out the stock market crash. Some say the crooks are on the run!

  2. thanks helen!
    it was a great day. now i am waiting to see what everyone is going to wear to the balls.

  3. writechicpress

    Rahm kinda has a Screach? Screed? Scrote? thing going.

  4. wcp,
    i never saw the show, so there are no hidden meanings. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. nightowl724

    A glorious day!

    We all seem to have excessively high hopes for this mere mortal named Barack Obama. However, if he can manage to undo even 50% of the Bush-$hit and enact even 50% of his own professed policies, we should all be 100% better off soon.

    Clever, cute, and joyful poster, nonnie! I like the title, too. Sweet, playful facial expression on Barack… And, all the yellow elements remind me of Michelle’s inauguration outfit – sunny, happy, and hopeful! ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. nightowl,
    i don’t allow myself to have any expectations other than the country being better off now than under chimpy and deadeye dick. they set a very low bar, so i am 99.9999999999999999% sure my expectations will be met. obama is inheriting a mess. it will take years to unravel it.

  7. i didn’t miss that. it was all over the place. well, i mean i know about the story, i didn’t see the porn. i was referring to the tv show itself. never saw it, except passing by it while channel surfing.

  8. As I wrote on Facebook, I’m “glad to be able to say ‘The President’ with a smile instead of a grimace.”

  9. jlms qkw - jenn

    i am starting to like rahm emmanuel. heh.

    thanks nonnie, for all of your entertaining posts! humor helps heal.

  10. Excellent!

    Who’s excited? I’m perfectly calm.


  11. neon vincent,
    it’ll be nice not spitting afterwards, too! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. jenn,
    rahm is the fist inside obama’s velvet glove.

    i should thank you, jenn, and all the raisinettes for giving me an outlet so i don’t go nuts all day.

  13. no more caffeine for you, saitia!

  14. haha, great photoshop job

  15. thanks coffee. nice to see you again, but i hope that i’m not awake all night now. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. P.S. John Roberts is a tool and I’m sure he fuยขked up the oath on purpose.

  17. jeb

    OK Obama, party’s over and there’s a huge mess left for you to clean up. Are you wondering why you wanted the job now?

  18. karen,
    roberts is a tool, but i don’t think he screwed up on purpose. why would he? it only makes him look like an idiot.

  19. jeb,
    you know how the first day of a new job is. your main objective is to find out where all the bathrooms and break rooms are.