Sara Kirschenbaum
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Posted Friday, Jan 23rd, 2009 at 3:19pm

I am fascinated by the mistakes that Justice Roberts made in giving the oath of office to our new president. Myself, I hate making mistakes. I get feeling so mortified. Can you imagine how it feels to make an error like Justice Roberts did - in front of, say, 1 billion people? 1 billion is a thousand million! Do you think he did it unconsciously on purpose? If so why? Purely political?

What intrigues me about these politicians is that they do not seem fazed by such things. They are so thick skinned! Do they worry about it at night when they go to sleep?

Watching Bush sit there during Obama's inauguration with his little smile while he was booed and castigated, I was amazed that he didn't seem put off in the least. Now this is a terrible thing in a politician because it leaves them without the moral compass of their conscience. But maybe it would not be such a bad thing for me to emulate? I think I waste much more time than is useful "beating myself up" for errors.

What could I attempt to do if I did not worry about shame? What bravery could I harness? How about you? Imagine you felt so sure in yourself that you did not care about making a mistake in front of a billion?

33 comments

  1. Christina Malango Wrote on Saturday, Jan 24th, 2009 at 11:26am

    I can't imagine it...it would be revolutionary

  2. Mina Hamilton Wrote on Tuesday, Jan 27th, 2009 at 7:59pm

    I don't think Justice Roberts flubbed consciously or on purpose. Maybe he was just dumbfounded. Maybe standing before our new President, Barack Obama, an African-American who is brilliant, articulate, an incredible orator and speaks his mind made Roberts stumble. Maybe, Roberts is too used to his unprepossessing colleague on the Supreme Court, Clarence Thomas, who is known for never (or very, very seldom) speaking up during oral arguments and who consistently takes a back seat to Justice Scalia. Justice Robert's tongue just couldn't twist around the concept of an African-American who was truly his equal? or his superior?

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