What makes these words so distinct, so special, so unique, that they must be in quotes, that each, in their turn, must swear the same exact words
Oh but the repetition, the fidelity, the power our nation wrapped up in that ritual, that invoking those words in quotes, binding each one to the history of the office, the legacy of the nation, the push and pull of power, of law, to remain beholden to the words, the principles, the law
For this is to be a nation, governed by the people, embodied in the words of mettle, our lives together measured, bound up, by that which is written down preserved, honored, revered.
These are the words that matter, that bind us, the right of each one’s actions, empowered the pledge, the oath, the promise to those words in quotes
January 17, 2009 on the juxtaposition of the 80th birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the inauguration of Barack Obama as President of the United States of America and the Presidential Oath, from the US Constitution, Article I, Section 1, Clause 8, repeated verbatim by the presidents. The only language in quotes in the Constitution, unlike the general principles elsewhere. "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."