Press Fearful Of A Private Inauguration Oath For Obama

The official ceremony for the swearing in of Barack Hussein Obama to the office of the President of the United States is scheduled to take place on January 20, 2013. The day falls on a Sunday and apparently the inauguration committee officials have indicated that the ceremony could potentially be closed to the press, which also means closed to the public. This has caused many to be fearful of just what would take place in such a situation, seeing that the oath of office is one to be made before the people and before God. The White House Correspondents Association has strongly urged the Obama administration to allow the press access to the ceremony.

The President of the White House Correspondents Association Ed Henry, who is also a Fox News correspondent, said, “Mindful of the historic nature of this occasion, we expect the White House will continue the long tradition of opening the President’s official swearing-in to full press access, and we as an organization are looking forward to working with the administration to make that happen."

The press' fears began because of a press release that was sent out indicating that the inauguration would be "private."

Rachel Racusen, a spokesperson for the inauguration committee, said ”There is no truth to any rumors that decisions have been made about media access to this year’s inaugural events. The 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee announced its launch yesterday and is just beginning its planning. Any announcements about media access and credentials will be made in the coming weeks.”

Politico reports,

The last time a president was inaugurated on a Sunday was in 1985. Reagan’s White House allowed complete news coverage of the private ceremony, including three reporters, three still photographers, and one network television pool camera, according to a Los Angeles Times report from the time. ABC, NBC, CBS and CNN carried live broadcasts of the event.

Obama’s “second inauguration” in 2009 was not so public. Though Jan. 20 did not fall on a Sunday four years ago, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and President Obama stumbled through the public swearing-in and had to hold a second, private swearing-in the following day. White House aides initially told reporters there would be no second swearing-in, but changed their mind at the last minute. Only four reporters were allowed to attend. Rather than let photographers or television cameras in, the White House provided a photo from the White House photographer.

Despite promising to be the most transparent administration in history, full press access was not provided at the dawn of Obama’s first term.

The fact that a presidential inauguration would take place behind closed doors, with no press allowed only adds fuel to the imagination of what would actually take place. Sure, they could simply follow the oath of office with Obama's hand on the Bible, but then as some have speculated, claiming that Obama is a Muslim (a very bad one, is that is what he is), that he might go the route that Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) promised to do and that was to take his oath on a Koran, though Representatives do not have to place their hands on a Bible or a Koran. The President, however, does.

Would the swearing in involve something besides following the Constitution? You see all of this begins to flare up when you have a man with socialist ideologies in power. I expect that in the end the matter will be made public, but one does wonder why it would even be floated as a possibility.

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  • RH6194

    Let's get real...we're talking about BHO here!!! Do you trust him any more if he takes an oath to defend the Constitution with his hand on a Bible in a televised inauguration than you do if it is behind closed doors. This guy will look you right in the eye and lie to your face!!! Maybe some of his "friends" in the press corps are naive enough to believe the BS, but that ship sailed long ago for me!

  • mamasview

    Why would that even be considered legal? If it isn't witnessed by representation of all concerned states, it shouldn't be official since he wants to be leader of all the states. If he is on the up and up, he should have no problem with it being witnessed and recorded by substantial press representation of all viewpoints. If in secret, he is up to something shady.

    • The_Magic_M

      > Why would that even be considered legal?

      Because neither the Constitution nor any other law specify where and how the oath is to be taken, only its wording.

      > If it isn't witnessed by representation of all concerned states

      Show me where that is in the Constitution, will you?

  • The_Magic_M

    > though Representatives do not have to place their hands on a Bible or a Koran. The President, however, does.

    And there goes another lie. The Constitution clearly says (Art. II Section 1):

    "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."

    Where does this say anything about a bible or other "holy" book?

    Why is it that you so-called "protectors of the Constitution" get it wrong EVERY F....G TIME you make a claim related to the Constitution?

  • de

    Divide and conquer

    to conquer is his soul intent

  • Smeethow

    If it's going to be a private affair why does he need to spend millions of dollars for it? He'd never loose the opportunity to spend other peoples money.

  • Robert Dungan

    As a Citizen of The United States, I will ignore the validity or existence of any Oath Of Office Inauguration of The Chief Executive Of The United States that is not public and covered and reported, in its entirity, by legitimate news media. There was too much hoodoo surrounding his first Oath, and there are still too many unanswered questions, especially now that Lord Monckton has published his findings on the documents he examined.

    • The_Magic_M

      Oh, you will ignore it. I guess that is really making Obama nervous...

  • vet

    I guess its time for michelle to put her hand on the bible,sense she is the one wearing the pants in the house.The fact that he doesn't want to memorize the oath of office because it stands for everything he is against is why he can't do it in front of millions.Maybe they should have a teleprompter with the oath there so he can read it.Let him be the first to use the koran and lets see what happens.

  • caskinner

    God help us.

  • Not a fan

    The current state of the country does not leave any of us to be anything but racist. It is what Nomoral and his black supporters along with all the illegals want. DIvid and conquer is their plan.....however, we will surprise them with our determination and belief in God.
    We will prevail and they will fall. Hopefully back to Mexico and/or Africa.

    • The_Magic_M

      > The current state of the country does not leave any of us to be anything but racist.

      No, I think most of you were born or educated this way.

  • SniperToo

    No surprise here. He can take an oath to Allah on the Satan's Bible, the koran. And all his butt boys and Muslims friends will be there. With bells on their toes and bones in their nose. Ho! Ho!

  • foxtrap

    It doesn't make any difference if it's public or private. He isn't going to "defend and uphold" the Constitution anyway. He hasn't in the first term; what makes anybody think he's going to in this one? All he's done so far, is use the Constitution and the bill of Rights as toilet paper.

  • Scott Johnson

    What he should do is swear to shut down the Amway Tool Scam. Google stoptheamwaytoolscam for more information.

  • Kathleen Dawn Enstrom

    Obama didn't place his hand on the Bible for his corrected 2009 Oath how quickly we forget this is why he has no problem doing everything against America I am sure...

    • The_Magic_M

      > Obama didn't place his hand on the Bible for his corrected 2009 Oath

      And your proof of that is...? Remember girl, cereal boxes don't count.