Barack Obama to be Sworn In Using Lincoln Bible
President-elect Barack Obama has chosen to be sworn in as United States President using the same bible that Abraham Lincoln used for the same purpose.
It is the first time that particular bible has been used for the purpose since Lincoln was inaugurated in 1861. Presidents are not required to swear on a bible, but traditionally have used one that holds either personal or historical significance.
According to a press release by the Presidential Inaugural Committee, President-Elect Barack Obama will be sworn in using the same Bible that Abraham Lincoln used for that purpose:(via email)
Obama has also invited poet Elizabeth Alexander to read at his inauguration, who will recite a specially composed work on January 20th.
"My joy at being selected to compose and deliver a poem on the occasion of Obama's presidential inaugural emanates from my deep respect for him as a person of meaningful, powerful words that move us forward," Alexander wrote on her website (www.elizabethalexander.net).