On January 20th, 2021, Joe Biden will take the Oath of Office as the President of the United States. He does so in conflicted and confused times, with the current resident of the White House just impeached a few days ago; that president (intentionally not capitalized) has said he won’t attend the inauguration, but, really, who cares. He’s a bust…the biggest loser in American presidential history…and he knows it.
But Biden, and those who had the actual character and ability to be president before him, takes the Presidential Oath of Office seriously. It’s not long, it’s not labyrinthine or complicated. He will, to the best of his ability, live up to it. He will not try to stage a coup or hold a Bible upside down for a photo opp.
Here’s the official Oath of Office required of the President of the United States:
“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.”
The Oath comes from a time when a person’s word meant something, when honesty was a great character trait, not a business disadvantage, when preening for the camera was considered un-masculine and when lying was reprehensible.
Let’s hope we get it right going forward, and bring back some of the great character traits that made America the leader of the free world.
We can start with someone who understands the Oath and will live up to it and forget the one who did not and would not.