Jon Stewart was Chris Wallace’s guest on Fox News Sunday this morning. The show had its moments…
For the record, I do not usually watch Chris Wallace. He leans just a bit too far to the right for my taste.
UPDATE: The above video is the full, unedited interview between Chris Wallace and Jon Stewart. It seems that the interview aired by FOX News was heavily edited. If you watched the interview on FOX News, it is recommended that you watch this video to gain the full Wallace/Stewart experience.
Sarah Palin, the former half-term governor of Alaska and unsuccessful Republican vice presidential candidate, was the guest on “Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace” this morning. Wallace asked her if she is still thinking of running for president in 2012. Here is her reply:
You know, it really comes down to it not being about me or what I want or what I predict is going to happen. This is all about what the voters of America are in the mood for.
And if the voters of America are in the mood for a kind of unconventional, candid, honest public servant, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be me, but if that’s what they’re in the mood for, they’re going to let that be known and they’re going to help really propel and push that candidate forward. And then that candidate, of course, will make the decision whether to run or not. Don’t know if that’s going to be me, Chris. …
As I’ve always said, I’m not going to close any door that perhaps would be open. But you know, this is not about me. But I do appreciate the platform that I’ve been given, the opportunities that I have to be out there speaking to these good, hard-working, average, everyday, patriotic Americans who want to see the positive change in our country that they deserve.
It has always been my considered opinion that Chris Wallace of FOX News is somewhat of a dolt. My opinion was solidified yesterday:
Where do I even start? I guess I’ll start with the Constitution. Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution of the United States contains the following paragraph:
Before he enter on the execution of his office, he shall take the following oath or affirmation: — “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
Granted that Chief Justice Roberts flubbed the oath yesterday, but cut the guy a little slack. It was his first time administering this particular oath and I’m sure he was just a little flustered and nervous. I do not believe it was done purposely by the Chief Justice or as part of any right wing conspiracy to derail the presidency of Barack Obama (as some have suggested). In hindsight, he probably should have had the oath written down rather than trying to recite it from memory. I’m sure he’ll do much better on January 20, 2013 when he administers the oath to President Obama for the second time. (January 20, 2013 will fall on a Sunday. Just thought you’d want to know.)
President Obama tried to correct the Chief Justice, even pausing a moment to give him a chance to recoup and correct himself. Even then, the President put the word “faithfully” in the wrong place. According to Chris Wallace, this means that Barack Obama is not the president of the United States because the oath of office was not administered word for word as stated in the Constitution.
Alright, Mr. Wallace and the rest of you screamers out there, answer me this: Where in the presidential oath of office as outlined in Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution of the United States of America do the words “so help me God” appear? The answer, of course, is “they do not.” The conclusion we must then draw, by Mr. Wallace’s standard, is that every president who ever uttered the words “so help me God” during his recitation of the oath was never legally the president. How many presidents do you think have said “so help me God” while reciting the oath of office? I’m not going to do the research, but I’m willing to bet there have been quite a few. In fact, including President Obama, I’d almost bet that the number is or approaches 44.
So we can only conclude that Chris Wallace of FOX News is a dolt. Does he really think anyone is going to go to court claiming that Barack Obama is not President because Chief Justice Roberts messed up the oath office? Really? Do you?
Many are saying that Mr. Obama became president at the stroke of noon on January 20th regardless of whether he took the oath or not. I have been unable to find anything, in the Constitution or elsewhere, to substantiate that claim. If anybody knows where that is written, please let me know in the comments. I’d appreciate it. [UPDATE: Found it. 20th Amendment, Section 1: “The terms of the President and Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January, and the terms of Senators and Representatives at noon on the 3d day of January, of the years in which such terms would have ended if this article had not been ratified; and the terms of their successors shall then begin.”]