Impeach John Roberts

There is simply no excuse for United States Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts bungling the presidential oath of office to such an extent that Barack Obama might need to do it again, at least in private, to ensure the legality of his inauguration.

Roberts should be impeached and removed from office for this unforgivable error. The Constitution requires certain language for a presidential oath of office. Roberts blew it. And if he doesn’t understand such things he should be fired for misfeasance of the first order. It’s his only official duty according to the Constitution and he completely screwed it up.

 

54 thoughts on “Impeach John Roberts”

  1. “Bush may have been criminally incompetent, but he was comedy gold.” -- Craig Ferguson

  2. hey if i was drinking i’d ignore this like the rest of the known world. however, i am watching five past episodes of Lost — new season starts this week!

  3. Craig, the re-adminstration of the oath could not be done too privately or it would not be believed by many doubters.
    I am guessing that if it is determined it should be done, it will be done with at least some news media present.
    I, for one, am all for impeaching Roberts.

  4. Well pardon me if I think we should have a Chief Justice who can properly administer the presidential oath of office.

  5. My reaction was there was something wrong with the Chief Justice. Millions of Americans know the oath.
    Doesn’t Roberts have some kind of health issue..

  6. Obama, was asked about it tonite. He answered ” Both Roberts and I were both very nervous.” We both mis-spoke.” You better believe if there was any chance this would stop Obama, from being in office, Pelosi and The Gang, would already have had it redone.There is no way in HELL, that would let anything spoil their party.

  7. There are many lawsuits in the “pipeline”-- Roberts knows this. He also knows that BHO is probably not his legal name and that he is Constitutionally ineligible. Will be easier to remove him and perhaps Biden from office. We need a Presidential re-do.

  8. HA! Headed you off at the pass. It’s late but I have been at the “hostipal” all day waiting for our new little critter to make his appearance. He finally made it weighing 8’14″, a whole pound more than his sibs. He has black hair like his canuck father, not blonde like his sibs and mom. His brothers greeted him with huge smiles and kisses. He has no name yet but then his sibs came home with names decided just before he ‘walked’ in the door apparently.
    Anyway, I’m signing off now, but wanted you to know that another one of my long posts is toward the end of the last blog. I kept it pretty light but I would hate for you to miss it just cuz you didn’t know it was there -- HA!
    Tomorrow is another day, and it should be a damn good one. hallelujah!

  9. My favorite joke of the night was Conan O’Brien showing the “Least Popular Obama Memorabilia”. One piece of memorabilia was a book with a picture of the Shamwow! guy on it. The book was called “The Audacity of Wow!”

  10. Great idea, Craig…I already have been posting all over Facebook that Roberts MUST recuse himself from the 2013 Obama swearing in. Maureen Dowd says Obama jumped the gun at the start ..I say blame it all on Roberts…impeach him! …or…run him out on a rail! It may be our last chance to get rid of the dumb sumbitch! Best moment? Bush flying the hell out of Washington, foe good and forever! BYE BYE you no good sidewinder…back to Texas…go bother Tiptoe and Senor Horsedooty!

  11. http://blogs.cqpolitics.com/trailmix/2009/01/impeach-john-roberts.html#comment-191729
    Rule of law? Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution is the rule of law: “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.’”
    If Roberts can’t handle that, what can he handle?

  12. I realize you all know this, but I had forgotten it…at the stroke of noon, Obama was 44…the oath is just a mere formality.
    ROBERTS: Uh, Barack? I can’t remember the words…let’s don’t and say we did.”
    OBAMA: ” You GOT to be shittin’ me, man!”

  13. Craig, since you’re splitting so many hairs and so intent on bitching about the parking and concessions at Gettysburg…where in the constitution does it say that the Chief Justice is the one who must administer the oath? I can’t find it. So how can he be impeached for something that’s not technically his constitutional responsibility?
    Can we just move on please? Sheeeesh!

  14. Oh…by the way…this witching hour isn’t my usual shift here. I just can’t sleep for some reason tonight. Maybe it’s because I’m subconsciously worried about the very legitimacy of our government.
    I grow old, I grow old…
    Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to say impeach?
    I shall wear my trousers rolled as I walk upon the beach.

  15. OMG — you gotta love this one….
    “We never shruck.”
    --George W. Bush, to staffers at White House farewell party
    “Shirked!:
    -- one of those staffers
    “Shirked. You might have shirked; I shrucked. I mean we took the deals head on.”
    --Bush’s response

  16. Surely this post is tongue-in-cheek.
    Could you possibly be this stupid and shallow, Mr. Crawford? I read that you’re still a member of the Florida bar. Perhaps you skipped constitutional law and federal procedure. If you had taken those courses, you’d know that the courts would treat this as a nonjusticiable political question, one which no citizen has standing to make complaint about. But even if they did repeat the ceremony (there’s precedent for that by the cautious Calvin Coolidge), that would be no big deal.
    Surely your ridiculous post here, if sincerely intended, is a better argument for firing your sorry behind from CQ than the Chief Justice’s misstatement is for qualifying as an impeachable offense.

  17. (01-21) 04:00 PST Washington -- — Several constitutional lawyers said President Obama should, just to be safe, retake the oath of office that was flubbed by Chief Justice John Roberts.
    The 35-word oath is explicitly prescribed in the Constitution, Article II, Section 1, which begins by saying the president “shall” take the oath “before he enter on the execution of his office.”
    The oath reads: “I do solemnly swear 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.”
    In giving the oath, Roberts misplaced the word “faithfully,” at which point Obama paused quizzically. Roberts then corrected himself, but Obama repeated the words as Roberts initially said them.
    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/01/20/MNAF15E20I.DTL&type=printablehttp://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/01/20/MNAF15E20I.DTL&type=printable

  18. Impeach Earl Warren!
    Not long ago, saw one of those signs still up in South Carolina. It was a couple of miles away from a John Birch Society sign.

  19. As I wrote in a comment to Champ yesterday, it was Obama that jumped the gun and wanted to give himself the oath. I did not list the Bill Clinton oath because of the Clinton haters on this site but you can find it yourselves—or any others you choose. We must never loose sight that the Constitution matters even for Barack Obama.
    John F. Kennedy -- Oath of office January 20th, 1961
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9Sfjy0ATbQ&feature=related
    Jimmy Carter -- Oath of office January 20th, 1977
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUoXXEl8pQc&feature=related

  20. There is no requirement to take the oath, according to the 20th Amendment(Source:www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_amendments_11-27.html)
    AMENDMENT XX
    Passed by Congress March 2, 1932. Ratified January 23, 1933.
    Note: Article I, section 4, of the Constitution was modified by section 2 of this amendment. In addition, a portion of the 12th amendment was superseded by section 3.
    Section 1.
    The terms of the President and the 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.
    Section 2.
    The Congress shall assemble at least once in every year, and such meeting shall begin at noon on the 3d day of January, unless they shall by law appoint a different day.
    Section 3.
    If, at the time fixed for the beginning of the term of the President, the President elect shall have died, the Vice President elect shall become President. If a President shall not have been chosen before the time fixed for the beginning of his term, or if the President elect shall have failed to qualify, then the Vice President elect shall act as President until a President shall have qualified; and the Congress may by law provide for the case wherein neither a President elect nor a Vice President shall have qualified, declaring who shall then act as President, or the manner in which one who is to act shall be selected, and such person shall act accordingly until a President or Vice President shall have qualified.
    Section 4.
    The Congress may by law provide for the case of the death of any of the persons from whom the House of Representatives may choose a President whenever the right of choice shall have devolved upon them, and for the case of the death of any of the persons from whom the Senate may choose a Vice President whenever the right of choice shall have devolved upon them.
    Section 5.
    Sections 1 and 2 shall take effect on the 15th day of October following the ratification of this article.
    Section 6.
    This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years from the date of its submission.

  21. AABinder,
    Where in the 20th Amendment to the Constitution does it nullify Article II Section 1.8?
    The Constitution means what is written not what you think it means.

  22. Where in the 20th Amendment to the Constitution does it nullify Article II § 1.8.
    Excuse the double post checking to see if the Section symbol works.

  23. Any non-conforming remarks about “Der Leader” will not be tolerated. Change you attitudes for the “Civilian Corps” is begining to assert itself.

  24. A note,
    If one does a search on YouTube you will find that other Chief Justices’ used different pronouns such as “you” instead of “I” there are probably more but to get back on point-they “presidents Elect” recited their part correctly and did not follow like lost sheep the Chief Justices exact verbiage but rather recited their oath as written in the Constitution.
    Thank you for your time.

  25. I don’t know why anyone is worried about this.
    President Obama was a Constitutional Law Professor at a prestigious university. The other party is Chief Justice of the United States. Both individuals have an interest in seeing that things were constitutionally sufficient.
    The two individuals without such an interest are Vice President Biden and Speaker Pelosi; both stand to gain should Mr Obama have done something irrevocably bad.
    And, of course there are a whole bunch of people on the other side of the aisles who have a laughing interest in how all this plays out.

  26. Dear Dexter @ 2:08am. You’re close, but I think wrong. The (existing) president’s term ENDS at noon according to Amendment XXII. There’s no notation on when the new guy’s term STARTS. As Craig correctly points out, the exact oath IS mandated.
    The potential problem is, we may have inadvertantly cast in stone the standard of “close enough for government work”.

  27. and, by the way, the words “So help me God” while not part of the oath, are NOT a question asked by the Oath Giver to the Oath Taker. It’s a statement by the Oath Taker on it’s own.
    Another impeachable offense, Craig?

  28. You are our hero, Craig Crawford, please know you have a big fan club. For so many years you stood up for the Constitution, when others didn’t, especially those elected by us to do that very job. Please keep up your wonderful work. And Roberts? He couldn’t get one line right? A line that is constitutionally mandated? And that most Americans know by heart? And that is arguably the most substantive and important line he’ll utter in his role as chief justice? Kick him to the curb. (And get someone next time who loves this country enough to get it right.)

  29. It does say in the Amendment when the new term starts, at the end of Section 1:
    Section 1.
    The terms of the President and the 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.

  30. Unbelieveable! You know I am upset that the Dems have control of the govt but it is certainly going to be an amazing couple of years. People like Mr. Crawford will not be able to help themselves unleashing all of their radical hatred of everything republican now that ‘they’ have control. There may have been some small level of restraint prior to yesterdays event…but that is gone. Cant wait to hear what Mr. Crawford, Chris Matthews, Keith Olberman, Rachel Madow and the like will let out now.
    Should be fun…
    God Bless America!

  31. Impeach someone for being nervous? Surely you jest. Yeah, I sort of hate that Roberts is our Chief Justice as well, but I’m not ready to ask for his head simply for being nervous while the world watched. That really is a stretch way too far…

  32. This is serious.. Roberts also left out “to the best of my ability.” Technically, due to Roberts’ actions, Barack Obama has not fulfilled a requirement of the Constitution to become POTUS.
    Could everything he does until the oath is re-administered be INVALIDATED? Such as the closing of Gitmo, the torture ban, the order on a delay in military trials?
    Could these multiple errors have been an accident? Or is something else happening here?
    Obama should re-take the oath and re-do any executive orders executed prior to its re-administration.
    ALSO:
    PRESIDENT OBAMA: DON’T JUST BAN TORTURE. BAN EXTRAJUDICIAL TARGETING AND PUNISHMENT — THE POLICIES THAT ALLOW HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES ABROAD AND AT HOME:
    http://www.nowpublic.com/world/plea-obama-ban-extrajudicial-policies-behind-torture
    OR (if link is corrupted): My.NowPublic.com/scrivener

  33. “At 735 pm, Roberts administred the oath of office again to obama in the map room. Robert gibbs said the wh counsel, greg craig, believes the oath was fine Tuesday, but one word was out of sequence so they did this out of a “an abundance of caution.” “We decided it was so much fun…” Obama joked while sitting on a couch. Obama stood and walked over to make small talk with pool as roberts donned his black robe. “Are you ready to take the oath?” Roberts asked. “I am, and we’re going to do it very slowly,” obama replied. Oath took 25 seconds. After a flawless recitation, roberts smiled and said, “congratulations, again.” Obama said, “thank you, sir.” Smattering of applause. “All right.” Obama said. “The bad news for the pool is there’s 12 more balls.”
    Wow: that’s some balls, Obambi!
    Happy Craig? Roberts must be reading your “blog”.
    Now: if The Messiah would authorize the Republican Governor of Hawaii to release to the public his REAL birth certificate proving he’s actually a “natural born” U.S. citizen we can call it a day.

  34. I think Roberts is a disaster, and would love to see some VALID grounds for impeaching him, but Craig Crawford’s comments are cretinous. As Obama said, it’s time to put childish things aside.

  35. To call for his head for stumbling over a few words is idiotic and just shows how much of a tool you are. Maybe the first time Obama screws up while giving a speech or the like we can fire him?
    To get all worked up over this is just about the most ignorant and childish response there can be. Grow up.

  36. Are you off your pills again, Craig? what a buffoon!!!
    Impeach Bam cause he thinks there are 58 states and we cannot see his birth certificate. Also he has terrorist leanings There, take that!

  37. Chief Justice Roberts, you must RESIGN SIR!!
    This is an outrage of which we as a nation should not put up.
    Keith Olberman

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