A Lot of Inaugural Balls, preceded by one enormous Inaugural Swearing-in Cock-Up –and a Dangling Modifier!

Justice Roberts

Justice Roberts

Maybe it was because Senator Barack Obama didn’t vote for Justice Roberts when he became head of the Supreme Court (–so I understand.)

Judge Roberts got his own back yesterday, when he was administering the oath, by mixing up the words….

He missed an opportunity for a really good routine that would surely have brought the house down:

“Repeat after me….:

“Repeat after me…

(No, don’t say it! Just “Repeat after me….”

“Just repeat after me….”

[This would have been a perfect Marx Brothers routine –and easy enough for a Chief Justice to memorize.
And he could have gone on for a long time –with no need to trip the President up.
And they could have finished up with that trademark Marx Brothers “Pat-a-cake” routine.]

 “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of president of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

What did the Chief Justice have in mind?
It’s hard to imagine?
Has he explained himself?

We may need to change the ceremony: How about an oath to be administered first to the Chief Justice?:
“I, Chief Justice (Roberts),
do solemnly swear…
that I will administer the oath to the President…
to the best of my ability….”)

“…And Un-dangle all Modifiers!”


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