Archives for the Month of January 2009 on Through the Magnifying Glass

Robert Reich, Obama's Economic Adviser must learn about giving the job to the most qualified

REICH: …”I am concerned, as I’m sure many of you are, that these jobs not simply go to high-skilled people who are already professionals or to white male construction workers…I have nothing against white male construction workers, I’m just saying there are other people who have needs as well.”

He prefers that infrastructure funds should go to projects that hire minorities, less skilled workers, and the unemployed. Do you want your bridge or tunnel built by these people? Honestly!

He assumes that the highly skilled and the most qualified construction workers are white male workers and they should not be hired to help rebuild our infrastructure.

Lost Generation

Did Obama or Roberts flubbed the Oath?

We all saw that something happened during the recitation of the oath, and I guess we all thought that Obama must have misspoke or made a mistake. Of course, folks were saying that either they have to put more pauses in the oath to avoid any mistakes or use a teleprompter. stated that "Obama Flubs the Oath...", so they had a link to the YouTube video.

Now this is the actual presidential oath that is administered by the Supreme Court Chief Justice to the President-Elect:

"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."

While yes, Obama was starting to speak just right after Chief Justice Roberts paused between phrases, so I guess there was a bit of confusion, but Roberts misplaced the word "faithfully."

He said, "I will 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, faithfully."

So Obama stopped, hoping that Roberts can repeat it correctly, but the seconds went too long, so he started reciting what Roberts said. Of course, the rest of the oath went alright.

So settle down everyone. All the excitement, the crowd noise, and nerves, so yes, the word "faithfully" got flubbed.

The fact is that Roberts accidently spoke the wrong phrase. Obama was hoping he would correct himself, but there was no time. Just keep going and finish the oath.

The oath was both Obama and Roberts' first time. So please give both a break and focus on the future.