Thursday, January 22, 2009

An Oaf of Office?

The New York Times ran an op-ed piece in which the author lambasted Chief Justice John Roberts for changing the lines of the oath of office ostensibly because of his hypercritical use of words. Some have even implied he intentionally did so out of vengeance against Barack Obama, who as senator of Illinois voted against his confirmation as chief justice in 2005. John Roberts readministered the oath on Wednesday night, just in case.

In case of what? Would anyone really challenge Obama's presidency because he was led to put the words in the "wrong" order? That implication is a sad commentary on our country, our legal system, and our government. Can't we just chalk it up to a flub, have a chuckle about it, and move on? My wife's aunt, during her wedding to my wife's uncle, had written vows that included the line, "I will respect and support you." She unfortunately said, "I will suspect and report you." What made it even more spectacularly funny was that she works for the government.

Nerves sometimes get the better of us, how much more when you know the event you are participating in will be televised to almost five billion people. I think we should cut Barack Obama and John Roberts a little slack.

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