Byron York, reacting to the news that Obama was administered the oath a second time:
The AP reports that Roberts re-administered the oath to Obama at the White House this evening, in the presence of some reporters but with no press cameras in the room. (There was, apparently, a White House photographer there to record the event.) It all went smoothly.
Meanwhile, in the span of a few minutes, I’ve gotten a number of emails informing me that Obama only took a second oath to head off criticism from people like…me. “Reasonable people believed that a—holes like you and your ilk would make the oath an issue and out of an abundance of caution, to head off a—holes like you, they re-did it,” wrote one correspondent.
Think what you like.
Here is what I think, Byron. I don’t think it was necessary at all. But I am not Obama’s lawyer, Greg Craig, who just so happened to also be Clinton’s lawyer during the impeachment hearings. Here you are discussing that little bit in 1998:
PHIL PONCE: Byron York, how about that? What is the logical connection between looking at a land deal that happened years ago to the charges the President is facing now?
BYRON YORK, American Spectator: Well, it takes a couple of steps to get there. One of the things Starr has been investigating is whether Webster Hubbell, a former high-ranking official in the Justice Department, was paid off to not cooperate with Kenneth Starr in testimony about the Whitewater deal. One of the people who arranged for Hubbell to receive large amounts of money, hundreds of thousands of dollars, was Vernon Jordan. And one of the things that connects these two cases is that Jordan is allegedly involved in helping to arrange a lawyer and an affidavit from Monica Lewinsky, and so the allegation goes, tried to arrange for her to change her story and deny ever having any sort of sex with the President.
PHIL PONCE: So you’re saying in this case there’s a question of a pattern of misbehavior on the part of “a” person?
BYRON YORK: That is one reason Starr is going after it, and the other reason Starr is going after it is that this woman, Linda Tripp, simply came to him. Linda Tripp has some history with Kenneth Starr. She had worked as a secretary in the office of White House counsel. She knew and admired Vincent Foster and was the last person at the White House to see him alive. As such, she testified before the grand jury about this. She has talked to Starr’s people quite a bit about the Foster case. So she knew Starr; she trusted Starr; she went to Starr. At that point he had credible allegations in front of him, and what was he to do?
In 2004, years after Clinton had been out of office, with a TON of other things going on, what were you writing about? Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. Still:
Winning the government shutdown battle was the turning point in Clinton’s recovery from his devastating loss of Congress in 1994. The president was so happy that that very night, November 15, he began his dalliance with Monica Lewinsky.
From the very beginning, Lewinsky has said that was when she and the president first fooled around. But Clinton always denied it. In his testimony before independent counsel Kenneth Starr’s grand jury, he claimed that the affair began in 1996. The White House legal rebuttal to the Starr Report made the same assertion.
Considering you work for the very same magazine as Jonah Goldberg (Liberal Fascism), Lisa Schiffren (Obama’s birth is a communist plot!), and Andy McCarthy (Obama’s not an American!!!oneoneleven!!), I think your email correspondent had it exactly right. Obama took the oath a second time PRECISELY because of “a-holes like you.”