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Obama to be sworn in using the KORAN - you ladies were RIGHT!!!! Sorry!!

Posted by on Jan. 10, 2013 at 8:54 AM
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LMAO...just kidding

 

Obama using MLK, Lincoln Bibles during oath

  • FILE - Barack Obama, left, joined by his wife Michelle, takes the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts to become the 44th president of the United States at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., in this Jan. 20, 2009 file photo. Obama is putting a symbolic twist on a time-honored tradition, taking the oath of office for his second term with his hand placed not on a single Bible, but two, one owned by Martin Luther King Jr. and one by Abraham Lincoln. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
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    Associated Press/Jae C. Hong, File - FILE - Barack Obama, left, joined by his wife Michelle, takes the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts to become the 44th president of the United States at the ...more  U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., in this Jan. 20, 2009 file photo. Obama is putting a symbolic twist on a time-honored tradition, taking the oath of office for his second term with his hand placed not on a single Bible, but two, one owned by Martin Luther King Jr. and one by Abraham Lincoln. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)  less  

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is putting a symbolic twist on a time-honored tradition, taking the oath of office for his second term with his hand placed not on a single Bible, but two - one owned by Martin Luther King Jr. and one by Abraham Lincoln.

The inclusion of King's Bible is particularly significant since the inauguration comes on Jan. 21, the federal holiday in honor of the civil rights leader, who delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech 50 years ago at the Lincoln Memorial. Obama will be facing the memorial as he takes the oath. King's Bible, which his children say he used early in his career as a preacher, has never been part of a presidential inauguration.

The selection of the pair of Bibles is richly symbolic of the struggle for equality in America, beginning with Lincoln's emancipation of the slaves through King's civil rights movement and ultimately to Obama becoming the nation's first black president. Inaugural planners say Obama plans to place his left hand on the stacked Bibles held by first lady Michelle Obama as he raises his right hand to repeat the oath administered by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. It hasn't been determined which will be on top with Obama's hand actually resting on it, but King's is larger so it may need to be on the bottom.

Obama used the Lincoln Bible while taking the oath four years ago - the first time it had been used since the 16th president's inauguration in 1861. Obama's inaugural committee says that the president plans to use the first lady's family's Bible for a private swearing-in at the White House on Sunday, Jan. 20. Public presidential inaugurations traditionally aren't held on Sundays, even though the Constitution states that a president's new term begins automatically at noon on the 20th.

King's children describe their father's King James version as his "traveling Bible" that he took as part of a collection of books he carried with him while constantly on the road and used for inspiration and preparing sermons and speeches. His daughter Bernice King says her father marked the pages with several dates from May 1954, the same month he delivered his first sermon at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala.

"We know our father would be deeply moved to see President Obama take the oath of office using his Bible," King's children said in a statement provided by the inaugural committee. "His traveling Bible inspired him as he fought for freedom, justice and equality, and we hope it can be a source of strength for the president as he begins his second term."

Obama also plans to honor King throughout his inaugural weekend, beginning by asking Americans to volunteer in their communities on Saturday, Jan. 19, to honor the civil right leader's legacy of service. The King family plans to participate. Inaugural planners also say there will be a float honoring King in the parade to the White House after the swearing-in ceremony.

Though there is no constitutional requirement for the use of a Bible while taking the oath, George Washington began the tradition with a Bible hastily grabbed from St. John's Masonic Lodge No. 1 for his swearing-in on April 30, 1789, in New York. Since then, presidents have typically chosen Bibles with historical or personal significance, many using family heirlooms. Obama is not the first president to select two Bibles - Harry Truman did so in 1949, Dwight Eisenhower in 1953 and Richard Nixon in 1969.

Some presidents kiss the book after completing the oath. Sometimes the Bible is open to meaningful passages, such as President George W. Bush's choice of Isaiah 40:31 - "Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."

The Lincoln Bible is part of the Library of Congress collections. The Supreme Court clerk bought the Bible, bound in burgundy velvet with a gold-washed white metal rim and heavily gilded edges, especially for Lincoln's swearing-in.

The first lady's Robinson family Bible was a gift from her late father, Fraser Robinson III, to his mother, LaVaughn Delores Robinson, on Mother's Day 1958. The first lady's grandmother was the first black female manager of a Moody Bible Institute's bookstore, and her son's present was her favorite, inaugural planners say.

They also say Vice President Joe Biden will use a Bible with a Celtic cross on the cover that has been in his family for 120 years. Biden has used the Bible every time he's been sworn into federal office, back to his entry in the Senate 40 years ago.

 

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mikiemom
by Gold Member on Jan. 10, 2013 at 10:14 AM
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I think this is fantastic what an amazing symbolic gesture. This article actually brought a tear to my eye. I can see Reverend King looking down on us knowing that while we have come along way our journey on the path of equality is not over. group hug

romalove
by SenseandSensibility on Jan. 10, 2013 at 10:19 AM
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I wish he would get sworn in three times, once on a Bible, once on a Qu'ran and once on the Constitution.

Then I want to see him do the whole thing again in Spanish.

If I have to pay for a second inauguration, I want my money's worth.

numbr1wmn
by Nikki on Jan. 10, 2013 at 10:20 AM

And??

paperorplastic
by Silver Member on Jan. 10, 2013 at 10:45 AM
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I'd like to see him sworn in on the constitution.  Then I want him to read it, and swear to follow it!  Of course that will never happen.  

sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on Jan. 10, 2013 at 10:51 AM

 Don't forget the Torah! lol

Quoting romalove:

I wish he would get sworn in three times, once on a Bible, once on a Qu'ran and once on the Constitution.

Then I want to see him do the whole thing again in Spanish.

If I have to pay for a second inauguration, I want my money's worth.

 

littlemoments99
by on Jan. 10, 2013 at 10:52 AM
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I don't think Obama cares one diddly doo dah about swearing on the Bible. He is a muslim. He has the first part of the muslim statement you have to say to become a muslim on his wedding ring. If he had to swear on the Quran maybe it would be a bigger deal to him.

sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on Jan. 10, 2013 at 10:52 AM
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 That's what he has been doing

Quoting paperorplastic:

I'd like to see him sworn in on the constitution.  Then I want him to read it, and swear to follow it!  Of course that will never happen.  

 

littlemoments99
by on Jan. 10, 2013 at 10:54 AM
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If he ever read the constitution (which I doubt) he certainly doesn't believe in it or follow it. Otherwise he would not be trying to change the second amendment by executive order (which doesn't work by the way)

He doesn't care about our rights and doesn't want us to have any. I think he wants to be our king, not our president.

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 That's what he has been doing

Quoting paperorplastic:

I'd like to see him sworn in on the constitution.  Then I want him to read it, and swear to follow it!  Of course that will never happen.  

 


sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on Jan. 10, 2013 at 10:56 AM
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Quoting littlemoments99:

I don't think Obama cares one diddly doo dah about swearing on the Bible.

What, specifically makes you think that?

He is a muslim.

No he isn't, and there would be no reason to hide now...he has been elected and re-elected...the christian bully bigots could do nothing about it ..

He has the first part of the muslim statement you have to say to become a muslim on his wedding ring.

??? Please link this source...

 If he had to swear on the Quran maybe it would be a bigger deal to him.

 

For the record if he were a Muslim, he's a very bad one...baptizing in children in a christian church, marrying in a christian church....

 

romalove
by SenseandSensibility on Jan. 10, 2013 at 10:56 AM
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Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 Don't forget the Torah! lol

Quoting romalove:

I wish he would get sworn in three times, once on a Bible, once on a Qu'ran and once on the Constitution.

Then I want to see him do the whole thing again in Spanish.

If I have to pay for a second inauguration, I want my money's worth.

 

I don't know if it's fair to make him learn Hebrew.  LOL

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