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Biden Fumbles His Oath-Giving – Twice

From Fox News:

Biden Fumbles Clinton Oath

Vice President Biden learned on Monday how hard it can be to deliver an oath of office, when he slipped during the mock swearing-in of Secretary of State Clinton.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Mockery of and apologies to the Supreme Court chief justice aside, Vice President Biden on Monday learned how difficult it is to deliver an oath of office.

The vice president fumbled his words while swearing in Hillary Clinton as secretary of state in a  mock ceremony held at Foggy Bottom.

After smoothly saying and having Clinton repeat that she does "solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic," Biden, who was using a note card, faltered.

"… that I will bear — excuse me … that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same …"

He then continued without incident after a hearty laugh from the audience.

The laughter may have been an acknowledgement of the irony following Biden’s recent joke at the expense of Chief Justice John Roberts, who slipped when he was administering the oath to President Obama.

Roberts came back and repeated the oath in a private ceremony the following day after Biden, who was holding a swearing-in ceremony for senior staff, joked about Roberts’ mistake.

Biden reportedly later called Roberts to apologize. The vice president had another chance to get it right on Tuesday when he swore in Eric Holder to be attorney general.

Hilariously, this is not the first time Mr. Biden has botched his own version of oath-giving.

Indeed, the very next day after mocking Judge Roberts, Mr. Biden screwed up:

But as we have long since learned, with Democrats it is always a matter of “do as I say, not as I do.”

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Biden Fumbles His Oath-Giving – Twice”

  1. Helena says:

    Stutterin’ Joe, he was knowed as. They’re tiny fluffs, not really worthy of mention. But so was Roberts’s. What a jerk to make a fuss about it in the first place. It really shows the level of his thinking more than anything. Teeny-tiny.

  2. proreason says:

    “Biden, who was using a note card, faltered”

    He can read? Who knew?

  3. NotStuckOnStupid says:

    He’ll make wonderful SNL and Leno fodder. I can’t wait!

  4. artboyusa says:

    “Hillary? It’s me – Bill. Now, please don’t hang up, honey…”

    “Bill? How’d you get this number? What are you doing calling me? You know you’re supposed to arrange it with my attorneys first”.

    “Ah’m real sorry, honey…”

    “We had a deal. We signed papers”.

    “Ah know, Ah know. It’s just that today, when Ah was standing there beside you and you were trying to take the oath…”

    “Biden – that mange-afflicted imbecile! That leper! How dare he embarrass me on my special day? I’ll have his nuts for earrings, so help me…”

    “Shhh…Ah know you will, honey. Like Ah was saying, standing there with you and our daughter, pretending to be a family, well, it made me think back, you know, to the early days, when we was first married”.

    “Oh yeah?”

    “Yeah. Remember how it used to be? We had so much fun back then, we were so spontaneous and wild. Remember how we sometimes we used to just take the afternoon off, just for no reason at all, and spend the rest of the day just making sweet, sweet love?”

    “Yeah – occasionally to each other. Listen, Bill; what do you want exactly? I know you’ve got plenty of time on your hands now but I’m a busy diplomat. I’ve got a briefcase full of important documents – treaties, articles of confederation, declarations of war and stuff – that demand my urgent attention”.

    “Do you ever miss them days? Ah sure do. Ah’m missing them right now”.

    “Sorry, Bill but I don’t think I can help you”.

    “What are you wearing, honey?”

    “Huh? Now you knock that off, mister!”

    “Ah’m naked”.

    “Hanging up now! Hanging up!”

    “But honey…” CLICK

  5. NSKauai says:

    So far no one except Biden has taken the full oath on the Bible. This is a corrupt administration from the getgo. If you do not take the oath then you are not binding by it. Smooth operators I tell ya. Time for the USA to clean house.

    • Steve says:

      Hillary is taking her oath with her hand on a Bible in the top clip.

      We may wonder how. But there it is.

  6. bitterclinger says:

    When Fox News covered this story, they put up a funny graphic.

    It read “The Oaf of Office”.

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