N312RC From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 2684 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1494 times:
So nice to see you freely admit whats true, Sebolino.
The oath to be taken by the president on first entering office is specified in Article II, Section 1, of the Constitution:
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.
Banco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1482 times:
In Britain the monarch gives an oath, the Prime Minister doesn't (except as an MP), although a new PM has to go to the Palace for the "kissing hands" ceremony, which (because this is Britain) doesn't involve kissing hands. Funnily enough, we tend not to go for the whole oaths thing that much. In the case of the military, only the army has to give an oath, but not the navy or air force. The other two services like to point out that this is because the army were guilty of regicide on the 17th century and are still not completely trusted!
She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
PHX-LJU From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1464 times:
Slovenia's current presidential oath is unexceptional, but the inaguration ceremony from the medieval Slovenian kingdom of Carinthia/Carantania was very unusual and even inspired Thomas Jefferson. You'll find more at:
"There is nothing to compare with this custom observed in Carinthia, where even today in the vicinity of the town of Saint Vitus one can see a stone of marble in a meadow. Surrounded by the people and holding a black cow with his right hand and an emaciated mare with his left, a peasant mounted this stone. This duty belonged to him by right of succesion. He who was all garbed in red, with banners carried in front of the duke. All were proper in dress exept the duke who walked dressed as a poor shepherd with a shepherd's crook in his hand. The peasant sitting on the stone cried out in Slovenian: "Who comes forward so boldly?" The people answered that this was the prince. Then the peasant asked again: "Can he be a judge? Is he concerned with the well-being of the country? Was he born a free man? Does he observe the true religion?" They answered: "He is and he will be." Then the peasant slapped the duke gently. After having promised the peasant he would be exempt from public burdens, the duke mounted the stone and brandishing the sword he promised the people to be a righteous judge. He attended the mass still clad in the same vestments. Then he donned the ducal vestments and returned to the stone, where homage and the oath of fealty were rendered him.
"Notice the strong elements of democracy and the American attitude toward government reflected in this custom of the Slovenian people living in Caritnhia. The duke-to-be did not wear fancy clothes; he was dressed as a man of the people. The peasant on the stone assumed an indifferent attitude toward his future leader untill the agreement between the parties had been reached.
"Also notice, if you will, the questions asked of the duke: "Can he be a judge? Is he concerned with the well-being of the country?" He was not asked whether he was a noble man, whether he was welthy or famous, nor was he asked whether any interest group would receive special consideration. Notice also, Mr. President, who promised first. It was the duke. He had to promise to be a righteous judge before the people swore allegiance."