President Barack Obama will be sworn in on Jan. 20, as mandated by the 20th amendment, and The Presidential Inaugural Committee has announced which bibles the president plans to use to commence his swearing in. There will be two ceremonies, the first private on the 20th, and then the public inauguration on the 21st that is expected to be watched by 100s of millions around the world.
So which bibles will the president be using? During the official private ceremony the bible used will be The Robinson family bible, which was previously owned by Michelle Obama's grandmother. It is meant as a gesture towards all of the loving families in America, who wish for their children to have a brighter future.
For the public inauguration President Obama plans to use the bibles of Abraham Lincoln, and Martin Luther King Jr.. They will be stacked on top of each other. The CEO of the Presidential Inaugural Committee, Steve Kerrigan, explains the decision:
President Obama is honored to use these Bibles at the swearing-in ceremony. On the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, this historic moment is a reflection of the extraordinary progress we've made as a nation.
According to the local reporting of KSAT.com in Texas, the lore of the chose bibles is vast. The Robinson bible was gifted to Michelle Obama's grandmother on Mother's Day in 1958. The Lincoln Bible was used during President Abraham Lincoln's inauguration in 1861. The King Bible belonged to Martin Luther King Jr., and was his road bible, which he took with him everywhere he traveled.
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