UPDATE II: One of the most recurring features of the Bush-follower mindset was the claim that the President’s supreme duty — one which the Constitution requires him to swear to — is to “protect the country,” a rhetorical sleight-of-hand suggesting that the Constitution somehow venerates national security above other values. As 23skiddo points out, Obama featured this exact claim in an even more misleading form yesterday when — in explaining why King and Gandhi were too restrictive for him — he described himself “as a head of statesworn to protect and defend my nation.”
But as this Constitutional scholar surely knows, that is not what he swore to protect and defend when he took his oath of office. Article II of the Constitutionactually requires that he swear or affirm that he “will to the best of [his] Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” That’s a critical difference, now almost always overlooked/ignored/distorted, as it was yesterday.
Note: The day doesn’t go by that I do not appreciate the President’s efforts.