Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Obama Not Amused By Biden's Dig At Chief Justice Roberts

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden held a meeting with senior White House staff to officially swear them into the new administration. Biden, who appears clueless as to what and to whom he is about to administer the oath, pokes fun at Chief Justice John Roberts' memory in reference to the mistakes both Obama and Roberts made during the administering of Obama's oath. [See update below--Obama retook the oath tonight with Chief Justice Roberts] If you watch Obama's reaction to Biden's comments, Obama is not at all amused. As this new administration attempts to charter new territory on the extent of government control over our daily lives, there will no doubt emerge legal challenges and rightfully so. Chief Justice Roberts, who appears to have a reasonably reliable 5-4 majority, could emerge as the de facto loyal opposition with Republicans so far outnumbered in Congress to serve as a check on the extremes. I suspect Obama appreciates this, even if Biden doesn't it. The last thing he wants to do is alienate the Chief Justice. I'm a little confused as to why Obama asked Biden to administer the oath to the President's staff.


Patriot Paul said...

This video is also being replayed among the cable news channels and as I watched again here, there is no question Biden took the ceremony lightly, but even questioned the new Commander in Chief as if this was a hardship ordeal. An insult to the new President as well as the senior staff Biden glibly swore in. Why do I have the feeling there is going to be a hugh struggle here along with an out of body experience? Also the pic of Biden on MSN news earlier today reminded me of one who flew over the cuchoos nest. Something is very wrong here. Is there a Thomas Eagleton syndrome at work here?

Covenant60 said...

Biden is basically an amiable yahoo. Thank his wife Jill for persuading him to take the VEEP job as opposed to SecState. Joe could have done some real diplomatic damage has he selected the latter.

I think you will see the role of VEEP, which had been steadily rising in stature and responsiblity since Mondale, return to its earlier insignificance... ala John Nance Garner, who described it as not worth a bucket of warm spit.

For our country's sake, let's hope good ole Joe sticks to administering oaths to staff members.

Ted said...

Take the test.

FIRST QUESTION: Who IS the actual and lawful 44th President of the USA?

ANSWER: Joe Biden.

Biden was initially the Acting President for at least 5 minutes under either the Constitution’s Article 2 or the Constitution’s 20th Amendment, from 12:00 Noon 1/20/09, having already taken his Oath of Office and before Obama completed his 'oath' at approximately 12:05 PM, 1/20/09. Under the 20th Amendment if the President-elect shall have failed to qualify, or alternatively under Article 2 if the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties, at the time fixed for the beginning of the term, being 12:00 Noon 1/20/09, which ability and/or qualification includes that he take the Article 2 oath “before he enter on the execution of his office,” then either the Presidency shall devolve on the Vice President under Article 2 or the Vice President shall act as President under the 20th Amendment. (The importance of the oath in 'commencing' an 'Obama Presidency' -- rather than merely the 1/20/09 Noon time -- is confirmed by the re-take of the 'oath' by Obama at the White House on 1/21/09 after the first 'oath' was NOT administered by Justice Roberts NOR recited by Obama in the words as required under Article 2.)

This is significant because at such time that the Supreme Court finally rules on the merits on Obama's disqualification as not being an Article 2 “natural born citizen” (clearly he is NOT), Biden’s automatic status (without needing to take a separate Presidential Oath) of being President would be predicated upon four different bases: First, having been Vice President under Article 2; second, having been Vice President-elect under the 20th Amendment; third, having been actual President in the hiatus before Obama took the 'oath(s)'; and fourth, retroactively deemed President during the full period of the Obama usurpation so that the acts of the Federal Government under the usurpation can be deemed authorized and/or ratified by Biden's legitimacy.

SECOND QUESTION: Who will be the 45th President?

ANSWER: Hillary Clinton

One must assume that Bill and Hillary Clinton have been aware of all of the above. Biden's wife recently "let the cat out of the bag" on the Oprah Show that both Biden and Hillary had considered alternatively Veep or Secretary of State, in either case, setting up Hillary to be President on a vote of the Democratic Congress if need be.

THIRD QUESTION: Is Obama an unwitting victim of this troika or a knowing participant?

ANSWER: Yet undetermined.

Gary R. Welsh said...

You pulled an Al Haig, Ted. The President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House are ahead of the Secretary of State in the line of succession.

Gary R. Welsh said...

The Speaker of the House is ahead of the Senate President Pro Tempore, I should add.

Ted said...

AdvanceIN, you're ENTIRELY missing my point! Hillary will become Pres because the Democratic Congress would vote her in, NOT because she'd be Secretary of State.

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