Obama’s first mistake

He said he would make mistakes and he asked for our patience.  And sure enough, only seconds into his administration, President Barack Obama made a whopper and the national media not only rolled over, they totally capitulated.  So he got his patience.

Now, I love our new president as much as the next person and I spoke with sincerity on CBS about the history we are making here but fair is fair and facts are facts.  Conservative Republican, Supreme Court Chief Justice, John Roberts was repeatedly chastised for bungling the Oath of Office.  But the Obama gaffe was universally ignored.  Editors, journalists, producers and anchors openly talked about it among themselves but no one said a word.  Not a word.

So once again, it falls on me to inform the few thousand who read this blog (sometimes only a few hundred) what Barack Obama said and what went unreported by his media friends, all still counting on their invitation to the White House Christmas party and not willing to risk it by reporting facts that are not welcome.

In solemn tones, our new President Obama, declared in the first sentence of the second paragraph of his inaugural address that “Forty four Americans have now taken the presidential oath.”

Ahem, actually, Mr. President, that would be forty three.  While there have, indeed, been 44 presidencies, yours being the 44th, there have only been 43 Americans who have actually taken the presidential Oath.  One of them, Grover Cleveland, served twice.  First from 1885-1889, as our 22nd president, and then, after Benjamin Harrison’s term, he served again, from 1893-1897, this time as our 24th president.

It would have been fair for Obama to tell us that he was the 44th president.  But no sir, not by anybody’s count have 44 Americans taken the Oath of Office. Oops. Sorry.

By the way, if George W. Bush or Sarah Palin had made such a claim it would have been endlessly looped.  Because, as Caroline Kennedy might say, “Republicans are especially dumb, you know?  And Democrats, you know, are smart?  You know?  Especially this one.”

In his inaugural address, President Barack Obama promised to “restore science to its rightful place.”  History, I guess, will have to wait for another administration.

You Tube: Obama Inauguration:



Published by Doug Wead

Doug Wead is a New York Times bestselling author whose latest book, Game of Thorns, is about the Trump-Clinton 2016 election. He served as an adviser to two American presidents and was a special assistant to the president in the George H.W. Bush White House.

3 thoughts on “Obama’s first mistake

  1. Oh, come on, Doug….it isn’t like he pushed the bomb button… (grin)… I’d rather hear some of your more insightful historical goodies. Let’s have ’em…

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