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The Other Mistake

The other mistake that lots of people are mentioning on TV and on the Internet is the bit in the inaugural address where Obama said “Forty four Americans have now taken the presidential oath.” Of course, while Obama is the 44th President, only 43 people have taken the oath, because Grover Cleveland was both number 22 and number 24 due to serving non-consecutive terms.

And I thought Obama was going to be a stickler for details! Disappointed twice already!

2 comments to The Other Mistake

  • gregh

    That seemed a pretty big oversight to me at the time.

    At least he knew the oath being delivered to him was wrong.

  • Abulsme

    Yeah, that should have been caught by any number of people who presumably reviewed the speech before it went out.

    Of course, if he’d said 43, then a bunch of people watching would have gotten very confused until later when people started explaining the Grover Cleveland bit, since I’m sure 99% of the people listening to the speech wouldn’t immediately know that factoid.

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