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Divine Discontent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:23 PM
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Biden to senior staff: "do solemnly swear, or affirm" - sounds like the entire staff said
everything Biden said, word for word when they were assuming their positions. THey didn't choose one or the other. Am I correct in thinking they don't understand that, or am I mistaken? Shouldn't they have just chose to say one or the other? Swear OR affirm? I don't like to say I swear, so I would say affirm.
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PurityOfEssence Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:25 PM
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1. Saw that too. Wonder how many also said "state your name" as "state your name"....
Common knowledge is as much of an oxymoron as common sense.
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elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:31 PM
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2. !!!!!
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Divine Discontent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:47 PM
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3. Thank you for not leaving me hanging - I'm like, really? They don't get it? So, should you & I
Edited on Wed Jan-21-09 05:47 PM by themartyred
demand to be senior staff, because I'm concerned they don't understand it was a choice to say either 'swear' or 'affirm' - and (shudders to even imagine) I certainly hope there weren't any that said 'state your name'. Sadly, I bet there were a few who did just as you suggested.
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PurityOfEssence Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 07:53 PM
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7. Adding the option of an affirmation was actually a sop to the religious
Some faiths don't allow swearing, and I believe it was because of the Quakers that this was added. Nixon, of course, swore...
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Divine Discontent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:51 PM
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4. oh no! I just saw President Obama to do the oath - and he asked "am I doing this again?"
Edited on Wed Jan-21-09 05:51 PM by themartyred
and then said, "oh for the senior staff".... Man, they gotta be super tired. LOL (edited to add: well, except for Obama, he seems like the Energizer Bunny)
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onenote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:27 PM
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5. I've seen that happen on more than one occasion
I've been to a couple of group swearing in ceremonies where the assembled group parrots back whatever is said to them, even if it makes no sense -- like repeating "state your name". Heck, when I was sworn into the bar, the person administering the oath spoke with a very heavy accent -- so much so that it was difficult to understand what she said at times. So you had her saying "I solemnly swear that I will frungle and nurbish" and everyone repeating "I solemnly swear that I will frungle and nurbish"
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Divine Discontent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 07:45 PM
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6. made me chuckle!
thank you for the personal story. Sometimes you just gotta laugh.
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