When President Obama Was Sworn In, Where Were You???

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Thumbnail image for s-MICHELLE-O-large.jpgThe eyes of the world were on Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, January 20th, as Barack Obama became the 44th President of the United States. He is the first African-American male to be elected to this position, an event which rightfully followed the celebrations for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. King's dream of racial equality came one step closer to reality with Obama's swearing in. While most of us here in town had to be happy with our 24-hour news channel coverage of the events, some of you may have been there as a witness to history. If you were at the Inauguration, tell us about it! And if you weren't, like most of us, where were you and what are your reactions to this unforgettable moment in American history?

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We were all home - watching it all while trying to convince my three year old son that watching the inauguration was more important right then than seeing his "Truck Tunes" video for the 416th time...

Yeah, she's reading along with her mom (I'm sitting with her and we're talking about the issues together). Thanks so much for your concern.

A second grader? Do your parents know you're blogging on the internet?

I am a Campbell school student and I was at Campbell School in the auditorium watching the inauguration with the whole school. I'm a second grader and I thought it was an important day because it's a very historical day in history.

Tell him it will be over on 1/20/2017

Watching with a relative and my five-year-old son, who just wanted to know when "The Obama Show" would be over. Not until long after you went to bed, dear!

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/01/21/obama.oath/index.html

He actually retook the Oath today just to safe.

I was too busy working.

they speak the oath than sign the oath...no conspiricy and too much yapping about the flub.

Keep those conspiracies humming - for those who think Obama isn't President because he and Roberts flubbed the oath - watch the Biden video - he says "upon" instead of "on" - so he must not be VP either!

Stranger that the Vice President's oath is so much different and requires them to swear they're taking the oath "without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion."

Ancient Justice Stevens who is almost 90 got the longer oath right but the much younger Roberts messed the shorter one up.

I watched it at home on the phone with my mom and grandmother, with the endless blabbering of correspondents in the background. However, the breadth of the coverage was really awe-inspiring--the ariel views of the Mall were really spectacular and the shots of people saluting, laughing, crying, dancing throughout the ceremonies was pricelses. I do wish his speech had more flair--it was very somber, serious and beautifully written but not quotable like JFK or MLK, Jr.

Strangely enough, even though Roberts said it wrong, after Obama paused, Roberts corrected himself, but then Obama repeated it with the original mistake.

Hope the Chief Justice can get it right the next time he swears in Obama. He has four years to practice...

I think the Chief Justice said the word "faithfully" in the wrong spot and it caught the President off guard.

Here's a video of the Oath:

http://www.metuchenmatters.com/2009/01/obama-takes-historic-oath-of-office.html

And here's the text according to Article II, Section I of the Constitution of what the Chief Justice should have said:

"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."

They both stumbled - a newscast said it was on the word "faithfully" and that Steve Perry (of Journey) should have administered the oath of office. :)

I caught the whole thing on the radio while driving. What happened when he was being sworn in? Obama and Roberts seemed to fumble over the words.

I was lucky enough to share the moment with my son at home.

Watching online at the office.

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