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I do solemnly swear — take two

U.S. President Barack Obama smiles while standing next to the ...

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U.S. President Barack Obama (pictured above in Washington today) tonight had to take the presidential oath of office again because he didn’t recite it perfectly yesterday. The Associated Press notes that two other previous presidents, Calvin Coolidge and Chester A. Arthur, also had to repeat the oath “because of similar issues.”  

It’s sad that President Barack Obama had to take the oath of office again tonight because Repugnican Chief Justice John Roberts fucked it up yesterday.*

It’s enough for me that on Nov. 4 Obama won the popular vote by 53 percent to Repugnican John McCainosaurus’ 46 percent and won 365 electoral votes to McCain’s 173.

But plenty of wingnuts would have asserted that because Obama — because of Roberts — did not perfectly recite the 35 words of the presidential oath of office as contained in the U.S. Constitution, his presidency is not legitimate.

The U.S. Constitution, you see, must be followed to the letterwhen it suits the wingnuts.

Of course, these same wingnuts who would declare Obama’s presidency null and void on a tiny technicality had no problem whatsofuckingever with the fact that George W. Bush — who lost the popular vote to Democrat Al Gore in November 2000 (it was Gore, 48.4 percent, to Bush, 47.9 percent) — was installed in the White House after the five U.S. Supreme Court “justices” who had been appointed by Repugnican presidents stopped the recount in the state of Florida, which was delivered to George W. Bush by then-Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris, a Repugnican who also had sat on Florida’s committee to elect George W. Bush as president, by an official count of fewer than 550 votes. (And, of course, Bush’s brother Jeb was governor of Florida at the time. It really helps to have friends in high places.)

Obama White House Counsel Greg Craig (whose parents are/were real comedians for having named him that) released this statement regarding the do-over tonight: “We believe the oath of office was administered effectively and that the president was sworn in appropriately yesterday. Yet the oath appears in the Constitution itself. And out of the abundance of caution, because there was one word out of sequence, Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the oath a second time.”

That’s just a diplomatic way of saying that the wingnuts, who have no intention of honoring the national vote on Nov. 4 — because they believe in democracy only when they win elections (and hell, they don’t even have to win elections; they’ll gladly steal elections) — are going to try to trip Obama up every step of the fucking way.

Which means that we’ll just have to bitch-slap them down every step of the way.

*News accounts of what happened seem to indicate to me that while both Roberts and Obama had a part in screwing it up, it was mainly Roberts’ fault. And he was the one who was administering the oath. You decide.

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