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President-elect Obama to be sworn in on Abraham Lincoln's inauguration bible
NY Daily News ^ | Dec.23,2008 | MICHAEL SAUL

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.


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1 posted on 12/24/2008 7:49:21 AM PST by COUNTrecount
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To: COUNTrecount

Was there no koran available?


3 posted on 12/24/2008 7:53:49 AM PST by Vaquero ( "an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: null and void
Image and video hosting by TinyPic To go with the 1280 page Bible here's the boss in 1240 cupcakes.
4 posted on 12/24/2008 7:54:32 AM PST by billorites
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To: COUNTrecount

That earthquake everybody is gonna feel, in an area that doesn’t get earthquakes, is Lincoln’s body spin breaking the sound barrier.


5 posted on 12/24/2008 7:54:38 AM PST by wastedyears (In Canada, Santa says "Ho Ho, eh?")
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To: null and void

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.


6 posted on 12/24/2008 7:55:14 AM PST by supremedoctrine ("One was drawing funny faces, but his own was grave"--Richard Hughes, A High Wind in Jamaica)
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To: COUNTrecount
Abraham Lincoln was willing to sacrifice >500,000 American lives to expand the strength of the Federal Government. Want to bet Obama will do even more?
7 posted on 12/24/2008 7:55:46 AM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: wastedyears

A lion skin,zebra fez hat and a fly swatter would be more
appropriate!


8 posted on 12/24/2008 7:59:22 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: COUNTrecount
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

I suspect it'll be The Post-American World, by Fareed Zakaria


9 posted on 12/24/2008 7:59:22 AM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: COUNTrecount

Is it big enough for his over inflated ego?


10 posted on 12/24/2008 7:59:24 AM PST by FreeAtlanta (Join the Constitution Party)
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To: COUNTrecount

Hopefully there won’t be a Koran under it.


11 posted on 12/24/2008 8:00:58 AM PST by NordP (CONSERVATIVE AGAIN IN 2010 ..... Now, is it 2012 yet ???)
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To: COUNTrecount

I guess he didn’t want to use a bible from his own church, the church of hate.


12 posted on 12/24/2008 8:03:05 AM PST by ari-freedom (Happy Chanuka!)
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To: NordP

Under it??? UNDER it????

You infidel!!!!

The koran goes on top.


13 posted on 12/24/2008 8:04:25 AM PST by null and void (Hindsight is 2020, foresight is 2012)
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To: COUNTrecount
The theme for Obama's inaugural ceremony - "A New Birth of Freedom” is taken from Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

How Orwellian.

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.

14 posted on 12/24/2008 8:05:20 AM PST by EternalVigilance (We are partisans only of what is right: America's Independent Party, www.AIPNEWS.com)
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To: vetvetdoug

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...”


15 posted on 12/24/2008 8:07:44 AM PST by Sergeant_Ronbo
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To: wastedyears

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).


17 posted on 12/24/2008 8:15:03 AM PST by lnzog (I'm from Illinois and I apologize.)
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To: COUNTrecount

This makes me sick to my stomach.


18 posted on 12/24/2008 8:23:24 AM PST by BlessedBeGod
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To: COUNTrecount

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.


19 posted on 12/24/2008 8:26:09 AM PST by weegee ("Let Me Just Cut You Off, Because I Don't Want You To Waste Your Question" - B.Obama Dec 16, 2008)
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To: EternalVigilance

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.


20 posted on 12/24/2008 8:28:27 AM PST by weegee ("Let Me Just Cut You Off, Because I Don't Want You To Waste Your Question" - B.Obama Dec 16, 2008)
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To: Mr. Mojo

Did she plagerize it?


21 posted on 12/24/2008 8:29:13 AM PST by COUNTrecount (de Tocqueville ..."In a democracy the people get the government they deserve". ...)
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To: vetvetdoug
Abraham Lincoln was willing to sacrifice >500,000 American lives to expand the strength of the Federal Government. Want to bet Obama will do even more?

Any old reason to dust off the Southron myth machine, huh?

22 posted on 12/24/2008 8:29:23 AM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: Sergeant_Ronbo
Well the old folks here always said, “The South will rise again!”

Didn't you get the news? Soth Postpones Rising Again For Yet Another Year

23 posted on 12/24/2008 8:32:10 AM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: vetvetdoug

There will be at least that many who are turned from productive citizens into wards of the state.


24 posted on 12/24/2008 8:32:41 AM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: COUNTrecount

“So help me, Me”


25 posted on 12/24/2008 8:33:48 AM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: COUNTrecount

A very appropriate choice. Lincoln destroyed the concept of a republic of independent and sovereign states and replaced it with the current model where the states are subservient to the Washington government.

Now, the guy that plans to finish the job is going to be sworn in on his bible.


26 posted on 12/24/2008 8:34:57 AM PST by Bryanw92
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To: COUNTrecount

That’s because he probably doesn’t have one...needs to borrow it temporarily...sigh.


27 posted on 12/24/2008 8:35:25 AM PST by pollywog (I will lift mine eyes to the hills from whence cometh my help. My help comes from the Lord...Ps 121)
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To: COUNTrecount
I'm not expecting the next four years to be pretty. I just hope and pray that it will not be a total disaster.

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Revelation 13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea,

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... like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion:
Like unto a leopard as in a creature from Africa that is less human than the rest of us? A mouth that makes an impressive sound like a lion but doesn't actually say anything? I haven't come up with anything for his feet, although I expect to see his footprints all over what used to be the Constitution.

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and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

28 posted on 12/24/2008 8:35:37 AM PST by MathDoc (Don't blame me, I voted for Governor Palin and the wrinkly white-haired guy)
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To: MrB
“So help me, Me”

That pretty much sums it up.

29 posted on 12/24/2008 8:35:39 AM PST by EternalVigilance (We are partisans only of what is right: America's Independent Party, www.AIPNEWS.com)
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To: EternalVigilance

The left defines “freedom” as freedom FROM responsibility and need to provide for yourself and family.

We define freedom as the freedom TO pursue happiness as you define it to be.


30 posted on 12/24/2008 8:35:53 AM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: Sergeant_Ronbo
that the country is entering a period when the Second U.S. Civil War is possible.

Hussein The Magnificent seems bent on fast tracking it.

See my Post 3, http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2153774/posts?page=3#3

I wonder if even we realize how much of a traitor this guy could be.

31 posted on 12/24/2008 8:36:31 AM PST by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: MrB

The founders defined liberty as the freedom to do right.

The modern left defines liberty as the right to do anything you want, even if it’s wrong.


32 posted on 12/24/2008 8:38:11 AM PST by EternalVigilance (We are partisans only of what is right: America's Independent Party, www.AIPNEWS.com)
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To: COUNTrecount

33 posted on 12/24/2008 8:42:02 AM PST by pabianice
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To: Non-Sequitur
Merry Christmas to you NS....

Ok, I use statement and reason A...you come back with B...I use C...you use D....agree to disagree...there...that will save us a good amount of cutting and pasting and references. Stay safe..

35 posted on 12/24/2008 8:50:02 AM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: EternalVigilance

The left are huge control freaks, masquerading under the guise of libertinism.
They want to control what you consume - energy, food, goods & services, etc.

They do want people to do the wrong things in their personal lives, but that’s just a means to an end. They want our society destroyed so that the people will welcome their control. In order to have more people doing more destructive things, they subsidize and alleviate the natural consequences of those choices, and in the process, punish those successful people who make responsible choices.


36 posted on 12/24/2008 8:54:22 AM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: MrB

Yes.

The coup plotters making a drunken sot out of the sovereign, so they can steal his throne.


37 posted on 12/24/2008 8:56:24 AM PST by EternalVigilance (We are partisans only of what is right: America's Independent Party, www.AIPNEWS.com)
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To: COUNTrecount

An image came to mind, from the movie “Raiders of the Lost Ark”...where the Nazi box (that held the Ark of the Covenant) had the swastika burned off...


38 posted on 12/24/2008 8:57:03 AM PST by Christian4Bush (The left-wing cancer took root in the 1960s and the funeral took place on November 4th, 2008.)
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To: Non-Sequitur
Didn't you get the news?

I missed that article by Doris Kearns Goodwin. I didn't know she wrote for the Onion too. I'll bet the three rednecks against your three hand picked honest politicians from Chicago.

39 posted on 12/24/2008 9:03:25 AM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: COUNTrecount
President-elect Obama to be sworn in on Abraham Lincoln's inauguration bible

The Racist History of the Democratic Party

40 posted on 12/24/2008 9:06:04 AM PST by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: Non-Sequitur

Lincoln was a proponent of Clayism much the way pols of today adhere to Keynesianism. Lincoln was in favor of a massive central govt. supported by massive tariffs.Since they were so dependent on trade, by 1860 the Southern states were paying in excess of 80 percent of all tariffs, while they believed that most of the revenue from the tariffs was being spent in the North.
Lincoln`s plans were for even higher tariffs. The South had had enough and rightly seceded.

Slavery was irrelevant to the issue and in fact Lincoln was in favor of repatriation of all blacks back to Africa or a new home in central america.

Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858

Lincoln:

” I have no purpose directly or indirectly to interfere with the institution of slavery in the states where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so.
I have no purpose to introduce political and social equality between the white and black races. There is physical difference between the two which, in my judgment, will probably forever forbid their living together upon the footing of perfect equality, and inasmuch as it becomes a necessity that there must be a difference, I, as well as Judge Douglas, am in favor of the race to which I belong having the superior position.”

Lincoln was a tyrant who should have been shot sooner.


41 posted on 12/24/2008 9:06:13 AM PST by Para-Ord.45
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To: Non-Sequitur

“Any old reason to dust off the Southron myth machine, huh?”

I’m a Minnesotan, and I see nothing fundamentally incorrect about the statement. Whether he had a good reason or not, Lincoln was a union man, and the union meant a supreme federal government. That’s all there is to it.

By the way, the Lincoln Myth Machine is more powerful and at least as dishonest as the Southern Myth Machine.


42 posted on 12/24/2008 9:11:43 AM PST by Tublecane
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To: COUNTrecount
Is this going to take place before or after he is sworn in on bin laden’s koran?

LLS

43 posted on 12/24/2008 9:14:52 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! so sue me!)
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To: COUNTrecount

Well as I understand it, Lincoln was not exactly a fan of black people and was in fact attempting to find another country to gather them up and ship them to prior to the ill-fated night at ford theater. I believe a black author has just published a book, the name of which I cannot remember, which details Lincoln’s language toward blacks and his plans for them. Maybe O should instead use the Kennedy or LBJ Bible..or as someone said..maybe a Koran would be better.


44 posted on 12/24/2008 9:22:33 AM PST by flash2368 (Scary Times)
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To: null and void

LOL! I hope someone invites a nice big growling dog to the ceremony as well. And for breakfast that morning??? BACON and eggs! ...and a nice big HAM for dinner ;-)


45 posted on 12/24/2008 9:34:56 AM PST by NordP (CONSERVATIVE AGAIN IN 2010 ..... Now, is it 2012 yet ???)
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To: COUNTrecount

It wouldn’t be surprising if it bursts into flames!


46 posted on 12/24/2008 9:38:30 AM PST by Outlaw Woman (The light at the end of the tunnel is the headlamp of an oncoming train.)
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Since they were so dependent on trade, by 1860 the Southern states were paying in excess of 80 percent of all tariffs, while they believed that most of the revenue from the tariffs was being spent in the North.

Absolute BS.

Slavery was irrelevant to the issue and in fact Lincoln was in favor of repatriation of all blacks back to Africa or a new home in central america.

More BS, but even so where is that worse that the Southern leaders who were hell-bound and determined to keep all blacks right where they were, on the plantation, with ownership title in their pockets? You're claiming the moral highground on that?

Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858

Why not continue? Lincoln went on to say "...but I hold that, notwithstanding all this, there is no reason in the world why the negro is not entitled to all the natural rights enumerated in the Declaration of Independence-the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I hold that he is as much entitled to these as the white man. I agree with Judge Douglas he is not my equal in many respects-certainly not in color, perhaps not in moral or intellectual endowment. But in the right to eat the bread, without the leave of anybody else, which his own hand earns, he is my equal and the equal of Judge Douglas, and the equal of every living man."

Can you provide a quote from a single Southern leader who believed the black man was his equal in any respects at all?

Lincoln was a tyrant who should have been shot sooner.

And Jefferson Davis was a traitor who should have been hung. Neither one of us got what he wanted.

47 posted on 12/24/2008 9:45:39 AM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: Tublecane
I’m a Minnesotan, and I see nothing fundamentally incorrect about the statement. Whether he had a good reason or not, Lincoln was a union man, and the union meant a supreme federal government. That’s all there is to it.

It meant upholding the Constitution in the face of the Soutehrn rebellion. As fo the casualties, some causes are worth dying for, and my country is one of them. I spent almost 30 years in uniform, ready to give my life to defend it. Sorry if you find such ideas as contemptable.

By the way, the Lincoln Myth Machine is more powerful and at least as dishonest as the Southern Myth Machine.

Hardly.

48 posted on 12/24/2008 9:48:01 AM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: COUNTrecount
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.

That's probably because other Presidents had their own family Bible which had sentimental value. Besides, the Obama family Koran is already packed away.

49 posted on 12/24/2008 10:53:25 AM PST by jellybean (Who is John Galt? ~ Bookmark altfreerepublic.freeforums.org for when FR is down)
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To: TLI

.....”Civil War is possible.

Hussein The Magnificent seems bent on fast tracking it.

I wonder if even we realize how much of a traitor this guy could be.”

I wonder if President Hussein The One understands the resolve of a Patriot community in a country born in revolution and civil war? For him until now its all been books, lectures and controlled situations, but with his election, this would be Messiah has crossed the Rubican. Does he really understand the outcome for him and his cause can only be victory or death?


50 posted on 12/24/2008 12:13:45 PM PST by Sergeant_Ronbo
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