Sibby and Bob Ellis have missed the biggest story of the day. John Walker is still grading papers. Pastor Hickey came close, but still missed the point: Barack Hussein Obama still isn't the President of the United States. In the parting bumble of the Bush Administration, Chief Justice John Roberts muffed—nay, sabotaged—the Presidential oath, placing "faithfully" at the end of the clause rather than properly splitting the verb phrase. Fundagelicals like Pastor Hickey et al. who believe that salvation hinges on saying and obeying all the right formulas, should be all over this: Obama didn't say the exact words of the oath; therefore, Obama isn't President!
Here's what really happened:
- Chief Justice Roberts, knowing full well Obama is a natural-born citizen, thought rewording the oath with give sufficient strict Constitutional grounds for him to uphold a court challenge to the Obama Presidency.
- President Obama, who probably said these words to himself more than a few times over the past few days, immediately caught Roberts's miswording.
- Obama's sharp Constitutional mind saw the glint in Roberts's eye and knew exactly what he was up to.
- In that split second, Obama foresaw the court challenge some fringe right-winger would file, formulated the arguments on both sides, and realized he would easily win on a "spirit of the law" argument.
- Realizing Obama had caught him, Roberts stammered out a corrected version.
- Completely confident, Obama recited the miswording Roberts had offered, as if to say, "Bring it on."
Know what's more fun? Dropping "Elect" from my phrasing.
[Photo by Doug Mills, New York Times, 2009.01.20]
President Barack Hussein Obama. Nice.