A better day for the President

It was good that the President admitted the Chief Justice had helped him get the Oath of Office wrong. Admitting mistakes and correcting them is a sensible virtue. The Oath has been retaken.
He announced an intention to close Guantanamo within a year. That will be a welcome line under an unfortunate blemish on the Democratic West, a violation of the principle that men should know the charge against them and be given a trial when detained by the state.
Even Wall Street gave him a break and a boost for the day, whilst his team works out their approach to the gathering banking storms.

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  1. Neil Craig
    Posted January 22, 2009 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    My opinion of Obama went up when Biden made a joke about the Chief Justice suffering fromm memory loss, which suggests Biden thinks the height of hilarity is kicking cripples. ( abuse removed)Obama touched him on the back in a “cool it message” & was clearly unamused. Later seeing those 2 together with the Clintons in the front pew at church made me realise he has the most class & is the least slimey of the 4.

    On the other hand he chose them.

    • rose
      Posted January 22, 2009 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

      I agree, Neil, but he had to choose the Clintons, who one way or another were going to stick around.

  2. rose
    Posted January 22, 2009 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    If the second oath was indeed taken without bible or wife (husband and wife being considered one flesh in the eyes of the Church) that signifies the same change in US public life that Maurice Cowling wrote about here in Religion and Public Doctrine – a real change, of real significance, and underlined by not being much remarked on.

  3. FrankC
    Posted January 23, 2009 at 12:15 am | Permalink

    I haven’t listened to, or read a transcript, of Pres. Obama’s inauguration, but if he fluffed the Oath does it mean that anything he said before the retake of said Oath is null and void?

  4. Jim Carr
    Posted January 23, 2009 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    He hasn’t stopped partying yet.
    He’s a socialist wastrel, who will ruin the USA.

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