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Obama To Be Sworn In On Lincoln Bible

Another pretentious portentous announcement from one of the seemingly countless websites setup by the President Select, the Presidential Inaugural Committee:


President-elect Barack Obama to be Sworn in Using Lincoln’s Bible

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Facing a nation divided, teetering toward civil war, President Lincoln used his first inaugural address to call for national unity, arguing that our Constitution was created “to form a more perfect Union.” Now, 147 years later, President-elect Barack Obama is echoing President Lincoln’s call in words and in symbolism.  He will be placing his hand upon the same burgundy velvet-bound Bible that was used by President Lincoln at his first inauguration as he is sworn in as the 44th President of the United States.

Presidential Inaugural Committee Executive Director Emmett Beliveau:

President-elect Obama is deeply honored that the Library of Congress has made the Lincoln Bible available for use during his swearing-in. The President-elect is committed to holding an inauguration that celebrates the unity of America, and the use of this historic Bible will provide a powerful connection to our common past and common heritage.

Presidents are not constitutionally required to be sworn in using a Bible, though most do, Theodore Roosevelt being the most notable exception. George Washington’s Bible has been a popular choice, used by Warren Harding, Dwight Eisenhower and George H. W. Bush. Other presidents have opted for Bibles that hold more personal significance, such as Bill Clinton’s choice of his grandmother’s Bible.

Since Lincoln’s family Bible was still en route from Springfield, IL, at the time of his inauguration, Supreme Court Clerk William Thomas Carroll purchased a Bible for the swearing-in ceremony in 1861. President-elect Obama will be the first president to be sworn in using this Bible since Abraham Lincoln.

Log cabin (in Hawaii) sold separately

Of course given “Honest Obe’s” background, no family Bible is handy. (And a Kwanzaa mat might have raised eyebrows.)

Facing a nation divided, teetering toward civil war, President Lincoln used his first inaugural address to call for national unity, arguing that our Constitution was created “to form a more perfect Union.” Now, 147 years later, President-elect Barack Obama is echoing President Lincoln’s call in words and in symbolism.

Well, that’s cheery is it not? We thought things were bad, but did not quite realize that we were “teetering toward civil war.”

Still, no matter how hard he pretends, Mr. Obama is no Lincoln. He’s not even a Ford.

And he has done nothing to try to unify us, except to put the most rabidly partisan leftists in positions of power.


Someone remind us, did Mr. Lincoln wax his chest?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

39 Responses to “Obama To Be Sworn In On Lincoln Bible”

  1. Colonel1961 says:

    Not even a Chevy.

  2. Confucius says:

    All we need now is a wooden cross, some garlic and rose water.

    • JohnMG says:

      Such an ostentatious presumption of gravitas. His ego is boundless.

      PS. I like the “Honest Obe” comment, SG.

  3. proreason says:

    When will we get the lecture about the fatal flaws in the Bible?

    • Liberals Demise says:

      What are the chances that he DOESN’T place his hand on the bible for fear that it will burn his hand?

  4. Freedom615 says:

    Thanks for this site S&L! I’m new in town and this is my first post.

    Regarding the photo of The One™ shirtless on the beach:

    Somewhere, in the MSNBC offices, the thrill in Chris Matthew’s leg is inching higher until he screams “Oh Barry say Hope and Change™ again!!!!!!”

  5. Kilmeny says:

    They’re trying so hard to make Obama the new Lincoln and all they’re doing is highlighting how great Lincoln was and how Obama is….not. We used to have great men in office, now we have self-absorbed power trippers prancing around beaches.

    And SG, the visual you gave me of a manscaping Lincoln was hysterical. Time to clean the monitor.

    • JohnMG says:

      I agree, Kilmeny. For a man who spent the major part of his campaign saying his associations with Wright, Ayers, Farrakahn, and myriad other ne’er-do-wells shouldn’t taint him with a guilt by association, he certainly would like to elevate himself to greatness by associating himself with FDR, JFK, and Lincoln. He’s evidently oblivious to the irony.

  6. 1sttofight says:

    He needs a BRO for those man boobs.

    • JohnMG says:

      A certain Carley Simon song comes to mind whenever I see such pictures as that. Instead of Warren Beatty it could have been written with “Honest Obe” (I really do like that, Steve) in mind.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Hey 1st…. I thought it was called a “manzier”. Michele is probly envious!

  7. OT Hill says:

    Wrong. He’s a $oro$ …. it’s a new ONE WORLD model to be unveiled on Jan. 20, 2009 — photo is here: http://perishthethought.blogdrive.com/archive/613.html

  8. proreason says:

    From Thomas Sowell:

    “Ronald Reagan had a vision of America. Barack Obama has a vision of Barack Obama.”

  9. Zeusshiloh says:

    Well, the closest thing to a civil war this country might experience is when the government handouts dry up. The entitlement generation will experience the necessity of actually having to get a job and work, instead of waiting for the “ONE” to provide everything for them.

    He is not a Lincoln, certainly not an “Honest Obe” Lincoln. President Lincoln went through trials that Honest Obe has never experienced. Everything that Honest Obe (which I also like) does is for political expediency. This is no exception, except demeaning the Bible that Abraham Lincoln used when he was sworn in.

  10. I think being subjected to 4 years of topless Obama photos violates the Geneva Convention…

  11. Melly says:

    Barry really must be one insecure fellow. He equates himself with Lincoln at every turn. The people in his cabinet do not reflect the thinking of an independent minded man with change as a priority. I wish to God he would just live Abe the hell alone and get his own Presidential life. He really is pitiful.

  12. pinandpuller says:

    I didn’t know bowflex started making a rail-splitter attatchment.

  13. DEZ says:

    They have a poll on who looks better topless over at drudge, Obambi or Putin.
    Alpha, meet beta.

    Back to topic, are we sure its Lincolns Bible?
    Or his Quran. ;)

  14. David says:

    I wonder if Obama knows how to handle a well read Bible, might be a first for him…
    A historian should actually take up this call and compare Obama to our previous presidents. Even to FDR the only thing he has in common is a misguided faith in socialism. Unfortunately all public school teaches now is that the founders were adulterous slave holders, Lincoln freed the slaves and FDR got us out of the Great Depression (after getting on TV and reassuring the nation). Obama’s similarities begin at the worst traits of our previous leaders and end at anything approaching the caliber of their character. A populace that generally can’t tell the difference between the Gettysburg address and the famous “he’s not the man I used to know”/don’t-associate-me-with-my-religion speech deserves a president like Obama!

    On a side note EQ, I can admit that 4 years of “The One” topless is a bit better then 4 years of Grandpa McCain topless! (if for some reason being topless is now necessary for world leaders?)

    • GuppyNblue says:

      Obama has nothing to him but an incredible amount of hype – no sacrifices but only a history of associations with other subversives that never even thought about being thankful for anything. Lincoln’s Bible is just a prop to them.

      There really used to be something special about being an American but nothing about is sacred to him or his faithful. There’s no teachings about the very real value of duty, honor and self-sacrifice. They’re now just words used for political gain on one side and bashing on the other. I’ve been tempted to speak more on the subject but it just gets too subjective.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Keep speaking your mind bro…..I got your 6 O’clock!

  15. Lipstick on a PIAPS says:

    Couldn’t he just use the bible from the movie The Exorcist? Wouldn’t THAT have more flair for the dramatic? Besides Abraham Lincoln was not only a Republican but the founder of the GOP. Blacks don’t even VOTE for the party of Lincoln, it just seems so stupid.

  16. bobbys says:

    I think its a great idea, after the Rev Right and calypso louie maybe hes never seen a real bible

  17. wardmama4 says:

    He’s not even a Ford

    Oh yes he is – The One ™ is an Edsel

    I know that the msm can’t help themselves (most especially leg tingling Chrissy Matthews) but when is someone going to point out that Lincoln/Kennedy greatness was ended with a bullet to their heads while still President? Might they want to not keep on with the pointless (The One ™ isn’t a great anything, much less a great Politician) drivel comparisons – most especially to assassinated Presidents?

    Or is someone subconsciously setting it up – so that while we indeed get the historic posi-wasitive of electing the first African-American (not, bi-racial) POTUS we also get the two-fer of having a martyr after said (loser, poser, Typical Political Person, Chicago Thug Politician, just the same ole, same ole Political Hack) historic POTUS is assassinated – Just like his mentors.

    Maybe never having learned history – this is why they keep repeating it. And getting it wrong. Again.

  18. ktown64 says:

    Does Obama not know that during his time, much like George W, Bush, Lincoln was hated and despised by half the nation?

  19. The Redneck says:

    Considering Lincoln’s legacy of dishonesty, corruption, massive expansion of government, sponsorship of terrorism, and using black people for political points, it’s quite likely that Obama is indeed following in his footsteps–he’s pretty much got every point down pat, although not as fiercely.

    More important, swearing on Lincoln’s Bible is a wonderfully symbolic act–because Lincoln didn’t believe in the Bible. Like many liberals, Lincoln was very good at expressing his policies in Biblical terms, and spoke often of God’s decisions and God’s judgement, but privately he was an atheist and a “Free-thinker,” a group that regularly got together and discussed how much they couldn’t stand Christians (although, to their credit, they couldn’t stand Jews, muslims, or anyone else religious either–it’s just that the Christians were the closest target). At one point in his life he even wrote a tract which supposedly proved God’s non-existence.

    A Bible used as a prop by a man who hated the Bible, everything it stands for, and everyone who believes in it is the perfect prop for Obama’s inauguration.

  20. Eagle334th says:

    And it fits, doesn’t it, that Lincoln suspended Habeas corpus? Isn’t that oen of the fears many have of Obama? Even for saying his name wrong, he’ll slap you behind bars?



    And people continue to throw out ‘anecdotes’ on how President Bush has completely disregarded the Constitution. What farking hog-wash!

    Here is a man that is a heroic icon, Lincoln, that did that very thing. Here is Obama using Lincoln’s Bible.

    Before the elections, weren’t we all a bit concerned that Obama would throw out the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, everything that America stands for and insert his own twisted view of government?

    I guess it’s fitting that he’s using Lincoln’s Bible, then…

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