News of Riverton, Lander and Fremont County, Wyoming, from the Ranger's award winning journalists.
Jan 22, 2013 - By Steven R. Peck
The solemn swear
Was that another slip-up during the taking of the oath of office? President Obama almost seemed to choke on the word "states" Monday as he swore the oath administered by U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts, as in "I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United Sta..."
That was nothing compared to the 2009 boo-boo between Roberts and Obama. The error then was significant enough that it was determined the president hadn't really sworn the official oath, so they did it again the next day.
That wouldn't have been a factor this year, because the official oath already had been sworn on Sunday, Jan. 20, which is the date the president is required by the U.S. Constitution to be sworn in. Monday's event was for ceremonial purposes only.
Wyoming on parade
Organizers from Fremont County did the best they could on extremely short notice in getting Wyoming's entry assembled for the presidential inaugural parade Monday. The small contingent of American Indian dancers appeared near the end.
Commendation to Gary Collins, who led the 11th-hour effort to have our state participate in the parade. If he hadn't, Wyoming wouldn't have been represented at all.
Let's hope this was simply an oversight by the State of Wyoming rather than a snub at President Obama, who got his lowest vote percentage in the nation here. Regardless of who has been inaugurated, the ceremonies are a national, commemorative, historic event in which our state ought to take part.
We all can be proud of what the Fremont County contingent did when it was revealed barely a week ago that Wyoming had nothing in place, but let's do better next time around.
It's not exactly "Happy Birthday to You," but many Americans are quite familiar with the presidential oath of office. Every four years, however, the nation is reminded that the vice presidential oath is quite different from the president's -- and much longer. For the record, here it is: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God."
By the time the VP says his or her full name, the oath can run to 73 words. The presidential oath runs just 38 words if a president recites his first, middle and last names.
Senate to White House
Wyoming's U.S. Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso were noticeable during the inauguration as members of Congress made their way onto the Capitol's west balcony to sit behind the president during his swearing in and speech.
President Obama, of course, was among the ranks of the Senate when he was elected in 2008, one of just three U.S. Senators to leave the Senate directly for the White House.
"I miss this place," Obama could be heard saying as he walked from the rear of the Capitol to the front after his motorcade arrived outside.
Now, quick quiz: Can you name the other two incumbent U.S. senators to be elected president? (Ponder it for at least a minute or two before rushing to Google.)
Today we announce a nice addition to our newspaper website, dailyranger.com. By clicking on a line immediately below the small front-page facsimile that allows subscribers to open the daily "e-dition," users can access nearly a full year of Ranger archives in the PDF file format.
Enjoy the new Ranger online archive as you use dailyranger.com (which, by the way, over the weekend earned a Wyoming Press Association "Pacemaker" award for top Wyoming newspaper website).
Our print edition is our top priority, and will remain so, but dailyranger.com has many useful functions for our subscribers as well, and we pledge to keep adding to them.
Speaking of the Wyoming Press Association annual awards, which we will write about later this week in detail, our series of newspaper "treasure hunts" also was honored with a Pacemaker prize in the category of "plus business" ideas for advertisers.
The oldest of our four annual hunts is renewed today with the beginning of the Wild West Winter Carnival Medallion Treasure Hunt. Whoever finds the medallion can win $500.
Read more information about the search for the medallion in a story on page one of today's edition.
In the meantime, heed this plea: The front-office receptionists at The Ranger don't know where the medallion is hidden or whether it has been found, nor are they permitted to read the daily clue over the telephone.
All the information you need is contained in the daily clues.
Be careful out there, and enjoy the medallion hunt.
Here's to a good week.