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in "he still is. his leaders", who is he? I d on't get it. In time of crisis the pull of myth increases tenfold. On November 22, 1963, the typical American, like the typical correspondent in 101-102, was under the impression that the oath was mandatory. He still is. His leaders (though lamentably few of them have thought the matter through) are divided. Speaker John McCormack, who with Kennedy's death became next in line of succession, echoes the popular misconception. He thinks Johnson had to be sworn in as soon as possible "because the country had to have a President." Chief Justice Warren agrees. The oath is needed in such cir-cumstances, he argues, to put the new leader's dedication to the Constitu¬tion on record. Reminded that Johnson had taken that vow*at the Ken¬nedy inaugural, he replies, "But he hadn't taken it as President."
Jun 9, 2013 12:14 PM
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He refers to the typical American. In 1963 the typical American, as well as the typical correspondent, was under the impression that the oath of office was required. Nowadays he (the typical American) still is under the impression that the oath is required.
June 9, 2013
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