Obama to have private swearing-in ceremony

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Sunrise

Dallas, TX

#1 Jan 16, 2013
Does he need this to be private so he can use the muslim holy book and his prayer rug?
heartandmind

Moline, IL

#2 Jan 16, 2013
http://www.fox11online.com/dpps/news/politics...

Obama to take private oath in brief family service

Larger, public service to be held Monday

Updated: Tuesday, 15 Jan 2013, 2:38 PM CST
Published : Tuesday, 15 Jan 2013, 2:35 PM CST
JOSH LEDERMAN,Associated Press


WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama's private swearing-in will be a brief, sparsely attended ceremony in the Blue Room of the White House.

White House spokesman Jay Carney says Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the oath of office on Sunday just before noon, the time required by the Constitution. Obama's family will attend along with a few reporters, and Obama isn't expected to make a speech.

The Constitution requires that the president be sworn in on Jan. 20, but since that falls on a Sunday this year, Obama will have two ceremonies: one on Sunday and a larger, public ceremony on Monday, followed by a parade and inaugural balls.

Vice President Joe Biden will be sworn in during a separate ceremony Sunday morning at the Naval Observatory.
Lexicon

Baton Rouge, LA

#3 Jan 16, 2013
Just ruined my lunch. I tried to forget he was being sworn in again. I was hoping for a shark attack in Hawaii, a lighning bolt on the golf course or something to put America out of her misery.
heartandmind

Moline, IL

#4 Jan 16, 2013
Since Chief Justice Oliver Ellsworth swore in President John Adams, no chief justice has missed an Inauguration Day. When Inauguration Day has fallen on a Sunday, the chief justice has administered the oath to the president either on inauguration day itself or on the Sunday privately and the following Monday publicly.

Furthermore, Obama will be using both the Lincoln Bible and a bible owned by Martin Luther King.

http://news.yahoo.com/obama-using-mlk-lincoln...
heartandmind

Moline, IL

#5 Jan 16, 2013
from the yahoo news article linked above :
WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama is putting a symbolic twist on a time-honored tradition, taking the oath of office for his 2nd term with his hand placed not on 1 Bible but on 2 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.

Obama used the Lincoln Bible while taking the oath 4 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 & used for inspiration & 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 & equality, & 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 & 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 & not grow weary, they will walk & 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 & 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.
heartandmind

Moline, IL

#6 Jan 16, 2013
If you read the article above, you'll find this :

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 announced Thursday is richly symbolic of the struggle for equality in America, beginning with Lincoln's emancipation of slaves 150 years ago this month, through King's leadership of the 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."

"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."

"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."
heartandmind

Moline, IL

#7 Jan 16, 2013
something goofy going on - sorry for what i think will be a double posting. first one didn't show up and then it did after i hit enter again.

sorry.
Sunrise

Dallas, TX

#9 Jan 16, 2013
heartandmind wrote:
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.
What direction is the Lincoln Memorial from the Blue Room of the White House?
cash

Blossom, TX

#10 Jan 16, 2013
north east
heartandmind

Moline, IL

#11 Jan 16, 2013
Sunrise wrote:
<quoted text>What direction is the Lincoln Memorial from the Blue Room of the White House?
i have no way of knowing since i don't know where the blue room is in the white house.

what is the point you're tring to make of this?
not a fan of his

Panorama City, CA

#12 Jan 16, 2013
Sure wished it was an impeachment being signed.
Lexicon

Baton Rouge, LA

#13 Jan 16, 2013
not a fan of his wrote:
Sure wished it was an impeachment being signed.
Amen. I have a dream.......... If a shark won't eat him, impeach him. Even counting clinton,I don't believe America has ever had a president who deserved impeachment more.
heartandmind

Moline, IL

#14 Jan 16, 2013
so i'm "mean" posting from a news article (one of them from fox news no less) about obama using a bible instead of what sunshine accused him of ? so i'm mean by posting a fact regarding a sunday swearing in ceremony that historically it is a private ceremony followed by a public ceremony held on the next day?

how is that mean, folks? posting facts is mean?
heartandmind

Moline, IL

#15 Jan 16, 2013
Sunrise wrote:
<quoted text>What direction is the Lincoln Memorial from the Blue Room of the White House?
checked the google map (satellite version). it shows the lincoln memorial is southwest of the white house. it's actually due west of the washington memorial and the white house is due north of the washington memorial.

again, i have to ask. what was the point of this question?
Sunrise

Dallas, TX

#16 Jan 16, 2013
heartandmind wrote:
<quoted text>
checked the google map (satellite version). it shows the lincoln memorial is southwest of the white house. it's actually due west of the washington memorial and the white house is due north of the washington memorial.
again, i have to ask. what was the point of this question?
I was wondering if he would be facing mecca. There must be some significance since it was pointed out in the article.
heartandmind

Moline, IL

#17 Jan 16, 2013
Sunrise wrote:
<quoted text>I was wondering if he would be facing mecca. There must be some significance since it was pointed out in the article.
the lincoln memorial will be behind them as a backdrop for the ceremony and will, most likely, be west of them. if they face the memorial, they'll be facing west. when he addresses the audience, he'll be facing east.

i think the significance stems more from lincoln aboloshing slavery and being president during such a divisive time in america's history, nothing more nothing less. he's often said how much he admires lincoln and was his was the first inaugeration 4 yrs ago to use the lincoln bible for his swearing in.
Disgusted

Arlington, TX

#18 Jan 16, 2013
What a shame that the president is using a bible that belonged to a low class adulterer and prostitute loving thug like MLK to swear in on.

Does this president have NO shame or sense of morality and dignity?

Taking an oath of that importance should be sowrn on in a decent and morally acceptable fashion.
But, then, Obama has reduced the office of President to nothing more than thuggery, so it's not surprising.

It will take years to clean up the mess and bring a sense of decency and pride back to our country.
Osamabama

Arlington, TX

#19 Jan 16, 2013
What do Osama and Obama have in common?

They both have/had friends who bombed the pentagon.
Sunrise

Dallas, TX

#20 Jan 16, 2013
heartandmind wrote:
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the lincoln memorial will be behind them as a backdrop for the ceremony
Aha, if the memorial is to the west and will be a backdrop then they will be facing east.
Yep

Paris, TX

#21 Jan 16, 2013
Lexicon wrote:
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Amen. I have a dream.......... If a shark won't eat him, impeach him. Even counting clinton,I don't believe America has ever had a president who deserved impeachment more.
Clinton WAS impeached.

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