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Posted: 20 January 2009 12:26 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Just to head off the Conspiracy Theorist nutters who might jump on Obama’s stumbling over some of the words in the oath of office:

It doesn’t matter.  Legally, he became President of the United States at 12 noon E.T. regardless of the oath.

Didn’t one of these guys have a prediction that was supposed to come true before the inauguration?  Again, the misspoken words of the oath don’t nullify the inauguration of President Obama’s term.

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Posted: 20 January 2009 03:33 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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JoeDaJuggler - 20 January 2009 05:26 PM

Didn’t one of these guys have a prediction that was supposed to come true before the inauguration?

Indeed.

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Posted: 21 January 2009 02:40 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Glad I wasn’t the only one who thought ‘the racist/conspiracy nutters are gonna have a field day over this…’ when he bobbled his lines.

But yes, as Joe said.. legally, he was already President when he took the oath, as they were running a little late.

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Posted: 21 January 2009 08:08 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I can’t believe it.  Just to be safe, they re-did the oath.

At least that’s according to CNN’s “breaking news”.  There’s no story to link to, just this headline:

President Obama has retaken the oath of office after a mix-up during the inaugural ceremony, the White House says.

I just heard, not only does the 20th Amendment (that moved the inauguration to its current date) make it clear that the term begins at noon that day (oath or not), but historically, several presidents have just said “I do” to the oath.

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Posted: 21 January 2009 09:08 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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JoeDaJuggler - 22 January 2009 01:08 AM

I can’t believe it.  Just to be safe, they re-did the oath.

Eh, it’s only a little added effort to avoid potential future fuss.  I can see why they’d do it.  Even ceremony that doesn’t actually have legal bearing on things can be important when it comes to having people accept someone’s authority.

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Posted: 21 January 2009 10:29 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Regardless of the flubbed oath, I was listening to the inauguration via CNN radio (I was at work) and they announced that Yo Yo Ma was about to play a piece written by John Williams for the occasion. Once the piece started though, it was very obviously Copland’s Appalachian Spring. That bothered me for the rest of the day.

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Posted: 21 January 2009 11:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Not written by Williams, but arranged by him, and it was the traditional American (?) tune Simple Gifts, which appears in Copland’s work. It was beautiful, but I prefer Copland’s version.

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Posted: 22 January 2009 01:51 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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It was arranged as Air and Simple Gifts, so it wasn’t just Copland’s (Brackett’s) work in there.

I rather liked it, though it helped to be able to see Perlman, Ma, and McGill grinning (or trying not to, in McGill’s case) at each other throughout the piece.

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Posted: 22 January 2009 03:36 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Just so folks know: They went ahead and had Obama re-take the oath, just so nutters wouldn’t be frothing and flailing insanely.

At least, not about that.

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Posted: 22 January 2009 03:51 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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One thing that I noticed when I watched the speech this morning (was working yesterday, and debated whether I even wanted to watch at all) was that the woman who introduced Obama before he took the oath said that he took the “oaf” of office.

I watched that segment several times because I wasn’t sure I’d heard it correctly, but, yup, she said “oaf,” and I was watching her mouth at one point just to make sure.  I didn’t notice that she had a speech impediment, but my guess is that she merely misspoke herself—basically tried to say “oath” and “office” simultaneously, resulting in the small slip.

As for Obama messing up, it really was more to do with the Chief Justice’s slipups than with his own.  Not that it matters—he took the oath, and I hope he lives up to it.

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Posted: 22 January 2009 10:32 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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No nutters chiming in, huh?  Damn, if you want something done right…


JUSTISE ROBERTS CHANGED TEH OATH ADDING WORDS SO HELP YOU GOD WICH ARNT IN TEH CONSTITUTION SO INVALIDATING OBAMA AS PRESIDENT BECAUSE THE ILLUMINATI WANTS IT THIS WAY!

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Posted: 22 January 2009 11:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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teh illuminati are a figment of your imagination that they want you to believe is treu

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