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Oaths & Pledges - Government

"I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully..." - Every four to eight years, the public of the United States has the privilege to hear this oath uttered by the person they have chosen as their president. Raising his (or her) right arm, the president-to-be pledges before a crowd of television cameras and spectators:

John F. Kennedy Takes the Oath of Office for President of the United States of America
President John F. Kennedy Inaugural Oath

"I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of the President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

Here is a list of some actors who swore to protect and to defend truth, justice and the American way in TV Land.

  • Geena Davis as President Mackenzie - Commander and Chief, ABC 2005-2006
  • Patty Duke as President Julia Mansfield - Hail to the Chief, ABC 1985
  • William Devane as President Henry Hayes, Stargate-SG1, Sci Fi Channel)
  • Roy Engel as President Ulysses S. Grant Wild, Wild West, 1965-1969
  • Dennis Haysbert as President David Palmer  (Assassinated) - 24, FOX 2001-2006
  • Mary McDonnell as President Laura Roslin, Battlestar Galactica,  SciFi Channel 2003+
  • George C. Scott as President Tersch - Mr. President, FOX 1987-1988 
  • Martin Sheen as President Bartlet - The West Wing, NBC 1999-2006
  TV Presidents Palmer (FOX), Mackenzie (ABC) and Barlet (NBC)  

Palmer, Mackenzie and Bartlet


TV President Laura Roslin (SCI-FI Channel)


President Laura Roslin


TRIVIA NOTE: On the western drama LAW OF THE PLAINSMAN/NBC/1959-60 Apache Indian Sam Buckhart (Michael Ansara) took an oath of office to become a frontier lawman. The oath asks:. "Do you swear to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the territory of New Mexico, to do your duty as a Deputy US Marshal without favor or prejudice, so help you God?" Sam responded, "I do."

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