I am amazed that Dig actually finds this an issue to bring up in any kind of context. It is so petty and so small, it alters my view of Dig's internet persona.
It's about time! If you haven't realized it by now, my internet persona is built upon presenting a different perspective. A secondary target, if you will. Because it would seem by your comment that you have just stumbled on to this giggle fest of bear's and mine, I will recap as briefly as I am able.
- President Obama screws up the oath of office.
- Chief Justice Roberts screw up the oath of office.(watch the video and see who goofs first)
- ALL (I checked but I may have missed something) subsequent stories, and there were a lot (again, I checked all that I reasonably could in this lifetime), referred to the Roberts gaffe but I could find NO MENTION of Obama's error.
At this point, we'll veer from facts to my opinion. I believe that Roberts, reciting the oath without notes, got rattled when Obama stepped on his lines and lost his place. Again, just my opinion.
I would actually like to see where Obama blamed the other dude for the fuck up. I don't think Obama did. But, regardless of how the other dude got the blame, the idea that it is problem that Obama didn't do something to overtly intercede and take the blame is absurd. In Washington DC that would be a full time job. And, when did the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court become an employee of the President?
The employee thing was just a device to illustrate my point of view. If it would help, substitute 'manager of another store' for employee so that we are two separate yet equal quantities as in judicial/executive branches. If you would like to argue that they are not equal, then assign a much greater sales volume to my store.
On a day when Obama's sole job was to recite the oath in front of record breaking mall crowds at the most extremely expensive inauguration ever, he made a mistake and when someone else took all the public blame, he made no known public attempt to correct this false impression. This was covered ad nauseum in the other threads.
Of course, there's nothing that says he has to step up and take the hit and he's probably smart for not doing it. Apparently, nobody noticed.
No, this is not an issue. It is a sign of some desperate, small minded gadgets trying to make an issue and to establish some new level of political correctness to hogtie the Chief Executive so nothing gets done. So they can bitch about that. I find the underlying pettiness of this "issue" alarming and disappointing.
You are correct. In the grand scheme of where this nation is at this time and all that has gone before and all that is to come, this little thing is a fly speck. It has no bearing on the matters of state*.
For me, however, it is something to note. Is it part of his character to lead in this manner? Time will tell. I'm just calling him out on it, this time. If nothing similar never happens again, then the joke's on me. It will not be easy to tell, however since this was a raw moment with no filters or spin. No one needed to be a fly on the wall at some meeting. It was there for everyone to see. I'm willing to consider that I might be wrong. Are you willing to consider that I might be right?
As for the rest of the whining, well, it is par for the course. Lemmings following loser Limbaugh are going to whine when told to whine. Jim
What other whining did I do? I'm fairly certain this was my only beef.
*It should be noted that White House Counsel "insisted" on another administration of the oath just to avoid any future issues while Obama only did it under <coff coff> protest.