Skip to comments.President-elect Obama to be sworn in on Abraham Lincoln's inauguration bible
Posted on 12/24/2008 7:49:20 AM PST by COUNTrecount
Barack Obama will take the oath of office using the same Bible that Abraham Lincoln was sworn in on at his first inauguration, marking the President-elect's latest symbolic gesture to follow in the foot steps of the nation's 16th president.
Obama, who will become the first African-American president when he is sworn in Jan. 20, will be the first president to use the Lincoln Bible since its initial use in 1861.
"President-elect Obama is deeply honored that the Library of Congress has made the Lincoln Bible available for use during his swearing-in," Emmett Beliveau, executive director of the presidential inaugural committee, said in a statement.
Obama launched his presidential campaign in February 2007 at the Historic Old State Capitol building in Springfield Ill., where Lincoln gave a famous speech condemning slavery.
During the speech, Obama said that "divided we are bound to fail. But the life of a tall, gangly, self-made Springfield lawyer tells us that a different future is possible.
"He tells us that there is power in words. He tells us that there is power in conviction, that beneath all the differences of race and religion, faith and station, we are one people."
The theme for Obama's inaugural ceremony - "A New Birth of Freedom is taken from Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.
Earlier this year, when asked which book, aside from the Bible, he would find essential in the Oval Office, Obama said, "Team of Rivals, Doris Kearns Goodwin's 2005 bestseller about how Lincoln surrounded himself with advisers who coveted the president's job.
For the inauguration, Obama plans to take a train trip from Philadelphia to Washington, evoking Lincoln's inaugural trek.
The Bible, bound in burgundy velvet with a gold-washed white metal rim around the three outside edges of both covers, was originally purchased by William Thomas Carroll, clerk of the Supreme Court, for Lincoln's swearing-in ceremony on March 4, 1861.
Lincoln could not use his family bible for his inaugural ceremony because it was packed away with the First Family's belongings and still en route to the White House at the time of the ceremony.
All the edges of the 1,280-page bible are heavily gilded. In the center of the top cover is a shield of gold wash over white metal with the words "Holy Bible" chased into it.
The Bible will be on display at the Library of Congress Feb. 12th to May 9th, 2009, as part of an exhibition titled "With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition." The exhibit will then travel to five other American cities.
Was there no koran available?
That earthquake everybody is gonna feel, in an area that doesn’t get earthquakes, is Lincoln’s body spin breaking the sound barrier.
This just gets more and more embarrassing.
THese symbolic “gestures” are made to order for
starry-eyed adolescents-—a large part of Obama voters
will increasingly pack it in, and accept less and less from
him as they scale down their expectations. Knowing this, his Administration will put themselves in permanent “we didn’t know how bad it was” mode, as they go about forcing socialism down our throats once again. He’ll need TWO full terms to fully wreck America.
Yes, go to the theater......
I know one where “My Kenyan Cousin” is currently in rehearsal.
A lion skin,zebra fez hat and a fly swatter would be more
I suspect it'll be The Post-American World, by Fareed Zakaria
Is it big enough for his over inflated ego?
Hopefully there won’t be a Koran under it.
I guess he didn’t want to use a bible from his own church, the church of hate.
Under it??? UNDER it????
The koran goes on top.
And meanwhile, thousands of unborn children will have their unalienable right to life viciously ripped away on the very day of this blasphemous spectacle of deception.
Speaking of civil war — There is mucho talk on the Internet — serious talk — I would add...that the country is entering a period when the Second U.S. Civil War is possible.
Maybe our 44th president shares the same concerns...what with the Lincoln symbolism and all. I grant you he has a point because if civil war breaks out during his Administration, the Patriots will be the rebels.
Another interesting parallel is that if civil war breaks, the South and Southwest will again be the center of resistance to the “Tyranny of the Republic.”
Well the old folks here always said, “The South will rise again!”
Should we get out “The Bonnie Blue Flag?”
“We are a band of brothers,
And native to the soil,
Fighting for our liberty...”
That would be my home town, I’ll be sure to leave town for the day. Although last year we did have an earthquake(I thought it was a tornado at first).
This makes me sick to my stomach.
That’s nothing, his daughter has already said she will do her homework on Lincoln’s desk (true story).
Hope the paste doesn’t leave stains.
Obama does not consider those fetuses to be any more human than slave owners considered their “property” to be human and deserving of rights.
He said that it was above his pay grade to determine when it becomes a baby.
Can you be “a little bit” pregnant? There is your answer.
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