Perhaps the crux of Dig's dilemma lies in the mere fact Obama is a better politician than Bush and thus less likely to stir controversy. Does that make him better than Bush? Maybe, no guarantee there. It simply means Obama pays more attention to the voting masses, which was arguably Bush's most fatal mistake.
I appreciate the attempt and that is certainly near where I am going with this.
Bush is gone and I am beyond discussing him except as a historical reference point. Whatever he did is obscured by the layers of staff around him. Who made the decisions and who was influenced by whom can be argued, in many cases, forever as with Obama as well.
In this one case, however, there can be no discussion. We all saw the raw and naked character of the man with no spin possible. He made the first error quickly followed by Roberts' error. This is an undeniable fact as long as the YouTube video is allowed to exist.
However, I can find no written evidence that President Obama made an error. If you google "Oaf of Office" you might expect to see a raft of hits leading to Dianne Feinstein (who I actually believe said "oath") who supposedly uttered the line.
You might be wrong. Nine out of the first ten hits lead to articles pointing out Roberts' gaffe. Feinstein came in at #4!
So does Obama, in an attempt to right the wrong about the kickoff of his presidency, come forth and say, "Hey folks, we got a little excited about the change to come and both Chief Justice Roberts and myself got a little off track."?
Instead, he simply ignores it as the scene has already been edited to remove the offending parts whenever it shows up on TV now. He lets the other guy take the fall.
It has been whisked away to the cornfield as if it never happened and the first free pass has been issued.
I haven't listened to the radio much this week so I don't really know what the right or the left is talking about.
And don't give me Bush and baby killer and wrongful war pig. First, he wasn't my choice (either time) and second, Obama was supposed to be better. We're better off without Bush and if Obama is going to show himself hollow on something this simple yet symbolically important that goes directly to his leadership, then maybe we'd be better off without him and his empty suit, too.