20 January 2009

Free at Last

The oath has been taken. The "Inaugural Address" is merely a time-wasting coda.

Aside from the protocol screwups (salutes to the President-elect under cover by uniformed military personnel; Dianne Feinstein's failure to welcome the Chief Justice and Justice Stevens); the offensive, sectarian "invocation" by the reprehensible Rick Warren; Aretha Franklin's substandard performance (at least in part "weather-aided"); and the awful John Williams bombast masquerading as a performance piece, this wasn't a badly run ceremony. My objections to swearing to uphold the law on a religious text obviously aren't going to get anywhere.

Now we'll get a chance to see if the rule of law — a fundamentally liberal concept — really means anything.

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.

U.S. Constitution, Article II, § 1. It's interesting to note the reversal of a couple of words as the oath was actually taken...