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Improved White House education standards: Obama knew when Chief Justice Roberts flubbed

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Originally published on on Tue, 01/20/2009 – 12:09pm

You wait for the big moment: you are about to be sworn in as President of the United States. But it takes two to swear-in a president: the president-elect and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Someone screwed up and it wasn’t Barack Obama.

The oath goes: “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States.”

Chief Justice John Roberts messed up the line, saying “execute the office of President to the United States faithfully.” (Yes, he also used the wrong preposition. Why couldn’t he have had notes?)

English language teachers cringed nationwide: adverbs must directly modify verbs.

But in a true shift of education standards, Obama knew Roberts made a mistake. Unfortunately, Obama repeated the words as Roberts said them. But having a president who knows grammar is a sharp improvement over “Is our children learning?”


Written by democracysoup

January 20, 2009 at 12:09 pm

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