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Sorry, Date, You’re Not Getting Inaugurated

I attended a Rotary meeting last week. As it was Jan. 20 and this is an election year, the speaker had fun with political-related dates, saying that it’s 139 days until the California primary, it’s 180 days until the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and it’s 187 days until the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia.

Then he said, “And since it’s a leap year, it’s 366 days until the inauguration of Jan. 20, 2017.”

There’s just one problem: Jan. 20, 2017 isn’t getting inaugurated. A person is.

We don’t yet know who, of course. Could be Donald Trump. Could be Hillary Clinton. Could be Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio. Could be Bernie Sanders. Or someone else.

But I am 100-percent certain that Jan. 20 isn’t getting inaugurated. According to the U.S. Constitution, Article 2, Section 1, Clause 8: “Before he enters the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:—”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.”

Note the italics, which I added to demonstrate that a person must be the one being inaugurated.

Until next time! Use the right words!

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