America probably should have known the panoply of mistakes that were going to be made by President Barack Obama during his administration. After all, he couldn’t even take the oath of office without making a blunder.
Yes, eight years to the day before President-elect Donald Trump’s swearing-in on Abraham Lincoln’s Bible, Obama was so excited to get through the oath that he couldn’t be bothered to say it correctly.
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts was giving Obama the simple 35-word oath (well, 39 words if you tack on the addendum, “So help me God,” which is traditionally said but the Constitution doesn’t require). However, the senator from Illinois tripped over the part that is supposed to read, “I will faithfully execute the office of president of the United States.”
Instead, as the U.K. Express reminded us, he said, “I will execute the office of president to the United States faithfully.”
Obama had already made things awkward by interrupting Chief Justice Roberts, making the blunder even more conspicuous.