Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Nobody's Perfect

Yesterday morning I was watching (along with the rest of the world) the wonderful ceremonies in Washington. The moment that I thought would choke me up did not, but only because of a few flubs.

The 47-year-old brand new President was sworn in by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. Michelle Obama, his wife, carefully held Lincoln’s Bible, which hasn’t been used since Lincoln took the oath of office in 1861.

But Obama stopped abruptly when Roberts reversed some of the words of the 35-word oath that is prescribed by the Constitution. The oath includes the phrase "that I will faithfully execute the office of president of the United States," but Roberts misplaced the word "faithfully," saying it only after he said "president of the United States." Obama appeared to realize something wasn't right and stopped at the word "execute." Roberts then repeated the phrase, putting "faithfully" in the right place but without repeating "execute." Obama then repeated Roberts's original, incorrect version putting the word "faithfully" after president of the United States. They continued on from there. Oh well. Nobody's perfect!

The speech that followed I thought was wonderful. If I was looking for jokes or a "sound bite," I didn't get one. Still it was wonderful.

It was a day filled with the bright happiness of hope. To God be thanks and glory.

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