Daily Archives: January 22, 2009

The bungled oath of office

Just for the record, the flubbed oath, word for word:

ROBERTS: I, Barack Hussein Obama…
OBAMA: I, Barack…
ROBERTS: … do solemnly swear…
OBAMA: I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear…
ROBERTS: … that I will execute the office of president to the United States faithfully…
OBAMA: … that I will execute…
ROBERTS: … faithfully the office of president of the United States…
OBAMA: … the office of president of the United States faithfully…
ROBERTS…and will to the best of my ability…..
OBAMA…..and will to the best of my ability…..
ROBERTS…preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States….
OBAMA…preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States…..
ROBERTS…so help you God?
OBAMA…so help me God.
ROBERTS…Congratulations, Mr. President.


This official White House photo was the only picture available of the re-do of President Obama taking the oath of office. Press photographers and TV cameras were shut out.
The re-do was done in an “abundance of caution” as Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said over and over.

I notice he did not have his hand on the Bible.

And here’s a surprise, the press issuing a complaint?  Unbelievable.

Official presidential photographer Pete Souza was there, taking the only picture of Roberts and Obama standing in the White House Map Room Wednesday evening. Getty Images distributed the widely seen handout image, but the Associated Press and Reuters did not.

“We’ve objected to it,” says J. David Ake, the Associated Press’s assistant chief of bureau for photos in Washington. “If it’s important enough to redo, it’s important enough to have TV and still cameras there…. We’ve complained, and I know Reuters and AFP have complained independently.”

Television networks also filed a protest about being shut out of the historic event, CNN reported Thursday morning.

Posted: 01.22.09

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Silver duct tape attached to Caylee’s hair (Update)

From the Orlando Sentinel:

Someone placed a heart-shaped sticker on the silver duct tape stretched across the mouth of dead toddler Caylee Marie Anthony.

A medical examiner had to cut the child’s brown hair to remove the tape, and when the FBI took a close look, it found adhesive residue in the shape of a heart, according to court documents released Wednesday.

The investigators who scoured the Orange County woods where Caylee’s remains were found last month found a loose sticker similar in size.

“It appears that the sticker was put on the duct tape intentionally,” an Orange County detective wrote in a search-warrant affidavit.

These are details that are contained in the documents that were released yesterday. See these documents in previous post at here.

UPDATE:  The following are some more details I noticed as I read over the reports:

On of the things taken from the Anthonys per the search warrant was “a small plastic toy horses similar to the one found at the crime scene.”

“The remains appeared to have been originally in a black plastic bag and within a cloth laundry hamper bag.” Within the bag was found a “small tee shirt, size T3, a small pair of white shorts with vertical stripes, size 24 months, small cloth type letters that appear to be iron-ons, and a Winnie the Pooh blanket.”

See more of the Orlando Sentinel article Here.

Posted:  01.22.09


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Problem solved – Murtha will take Guantanamo prisoners

Obama signs executive order closing Guantanamo this morning. Some have been wondering where the prisoners there will go but worry no more.

Rep. Rep. Jack Murtha (D-Pa) has volunteered to take them in his Pennsylvania district.

“Sure, I’d take ’em,” said Murtha, an outspoken critic of the Iraq war. “They’re no more dangerous in my district than in Guantanamo.”

Murtha added that there was “no reason not to put ’em in prisons in the United States and handle them the way they would handle any other prisoners.”

Problem solved.

Posted:  01.22.09

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No buyer for Saddam Hussein’s yacht


The 269 foot yacht once belonging to Saddam Hussein, now belonging to the Iraqi government, has no buyer.  The “Ocean Breeze” has been up for sale for $30 million since last fall.  The economy is being cited as the reason it has not sold but could it be the decor?

The yacht, Basra Breeze, has Arabesque arches, dark wood carvings, deep pile carpets in lurid colours, rugs woven with views of holy cities, and gold taps. Workers at the Danish shipyard where it was built had to sign secrecy agreements before its launch in 1981 to ensure the Iraqi people never learnt about their ruler’s extravagant tastes.

Outside, there is a helipad for discreet arrivals and departures, but inside the décor is a monument to 1980s bad taste.

Blue carpets clash with a salmon pink canopy in the master bedroom. The colour schemes in other bedrooms are so loud that it is difficult to imagine sleeping in them. There is no gym, a luxury considered de rigueur for today’s super-rich.

More details Here.

Posted: 01.22.09

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