Oklahoma Governor Swears to ‘Offend’ the Constitution, Blames ‘Cold’ Weather for Mistatement

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Today, Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin (R) was sworn into office in an outdoor inauguration ceremony before countless Oklahomans. The event went smoothly, except for one moment, when the incoming governor botched her oath of office when she promised to “support, obey and offend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Oklahoma”:

FALLIN: I Mary Fallin, do solemnly swear, that I will support, obey, and offend, the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the state of Oklahoma, and that I will not directly receive any money or valuable things for the performance or non-performance of any act or duty pertaining to performance of my office other than the compensation allowed by law.

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Her office was “amazed” that anyone could even speak “at all or get any of their lines right considering how cold it was outside.” Unlike President Obama — who had to repeat his oath two years ago after misspeaking — Fallin will not have to repeat her oath: she is already legally the governor under Oklahoma law. Her spokesman insists “offend” was a misstatement. “Clearly, she’s going to defend the Constitution,” he told the Associated Press.

Kevin Donohoe