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Jeh Johnson: 'I Actually Forgot the Pledge of Allegiance'

By    |   Friday, 19 Dec 2014 12:06 PM

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson admitted that he once forgot how to recite the Pledge of Allegiance when asked to lead students during a visit to a school.

Speaking before the Professional Services Council in Virginia on Thursday, Johnson said the incident occurred when he was participating in a "Principal for a Day" program at an elementary school in Queens, New York in his role as general counsel of the Air Force. 

"We said the Pledge of Allegiance here. I know the Pledge of Allegiance, like everybody here does," Johnson said. "There's a period where I actually forgot the Pledge of Allegiance, I hesitate to say this."

Johnson said that as part of the school visit, he was asked to lead the students of P.S. 143 in the Pledge during the school's morning announcements.

"It had been, I don't know how long, since I said the Pledge of Allegiance," Johnson admitted. "I'm a trial lawyer, I'm not usually at a loss for words.  But I now know how to say the Pledge of Allegiance."

Earlier this month, Johnson was under fire from Republicans over President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration, claiming during a congressional hearing that the president's move was well within his authority.

"We want people to be accountable, come out of the shadows, get on the books and pay taxes," Johnson told the House Homeland Security Committee. "This is not a permanent solution."

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Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson admitted that he once forgot how to recite the Pledge of Allegiance when asked to lead students during a visit to a school.
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