Those words, spoken so eloquently by President Gerald Ford upon taking the oath following the resignation of President Nixon in 1974, relate quite perfectly in the modern age as well. The Bush Administration, pockmarked with conspiracy and controversy, checkered with unconstitutional practices including but not limited to torture and domestic wire-tapping, and forever tarnishing our national image abroad by mishandled wars in the middle east - is at long last over. At noon, January 20th, 2009 - Barack Hussein Obama became the 44th President of the United States of America.
Let me just say, WOOHOO! Standing in the crowd of 1.8 million people on the national mall in Washington D.C., elation does not begin to define the mood. Finally the Bush saga is over. We don't have to hear about Rumfelds secrets, Cheney's darth vader-like wackjob-ness, Gonzallez's attorneys, Condi Rice's attempts to fix something, Scooter Libby, or Bushisms ever again.
And in Obama's first seconds in office, came the first controversy: They screwed up the oath of office. And by they, I mean bush-nominated Chief Justice Roberts. Apparently, quite proud of her own intellegence - he felt he could recite the oath from memory. But he rearranged the words, causing Obama to give a funny stare at one point.
Historic Dialogue Fail:
Chief Justice Roberts: "I, Barack Hussein Obama,"
Obama: "I, Barack Hussein Obama... [overlapping: do solemly swear...] ...do solemly swear,"
"That I will execute the office... of President to the United States, faithfully..."
"That I will execute...." *hold up stare*
"...the off-, Faithfully the present office... of President of the United States..."
[overlapping:] "...the office of President of the United States, faithfuly..."
Roberts version: "execute the office of President to the United States, faithfully"
Constitution version: "faithfully execute, the office of President of the United States,"
Quote of the Day:
"...he is the Justice Chief, of the court, Supreme!" - Stephen Colbert