President 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 before.

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 selection of the pair of Bibles by Obama 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.

‘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.

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.’

Inaugural planners 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.

Crowds may have flocked to the National Mall to see President Obama make history in 2009, but the team behind the president’s 2013 inauguration bash later this month are bracing themselves for a ton of empty seats.

The ceremony that Washington will stage in a few weeks won’t be the historic affair it was in 2009, when nearly two million people flocked to the Capitol to watch Obama take the oath of office.

This time, District of Columbia officials expect between 600,000 and 800,000 people for Obama’s public swearing-in on the steps of the Capitol on Monday, January 21.

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  • So CAL Snowman

    I’m surprised that the liberal establishment hasn’t voiced their outrage over the use of the Christian bible in the swearing in ceremony.

  • Two Bibles? Now Obama thinks he’s two messiahs, not just one.

    • Oil Can Harry

      When Obama was given MLK’s bible he noticed the plastic wrapping was still on and it had never been opened.

    • OlderWoman

      I’m surprised he isn’t using a third one – the Queen James Bible.

  • falsedawn


  • MekongDelta69

    Remember when you were a kid and you used to wrap some ‘respectable’ magazine around a copy of Playboy, so your parents wouldn’t catch you?

    The outside may read, “Bible,” but on the inside of one will be the Koran, and the inside of the other “Bible” will be Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals”.

    • rightrightright

      Or the Koran, more as like.

      • Joe Mama

        Huh ??

    • Luca

      And if he opt’s for one over the other, it will be Alinsky, his true god. But if goes for two, it has to be some vintage commie/porno novel from Frank Marshall Davis.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    ‘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.

    And they’re only charging the government $255,000 for the privilege.

    Obama will face the new King memorial when he takes the oath.

    Symbolizing that his true allegiance, as it has been and always will be with him and all blacks, is not to this country but to the black race, first, formost and always.

    • SintiriNikos

      Is that true? they are charging the American taxpayer $255,000 to use that Bible. Forget that this is a pittance compared to the overall debt of the country. This to me encapsulates the death of the Republic in one comic sketch. I mean, if you went back in time to before the Revolutionary War and showed the Founders footage from this spectacle and the bill the plunderers are racking up on the back of the working American public, the Founders would surrender their arms to the King.

  • Amalek

    “Dr” King had powerful friends :

  • The__Bobster

    Doesn’t Obongo know that if Lincoln had his way, MLK would’ve been living in a mud hut in Afreaka?

    • DudeWheresMyCountry?

      Still, Obama thinks of Lincoln as the one who got the wheels in motion for someone like him to eventually become Emperor of The USSA.

    • Joe Mama

      Yes, perhaps he should read the Lincoln / Douglas debates, word for word to himself

      and find out what President Lincoln really thought of the negro, how they could

      NEVER assimilate and should be sent back to Liberia or down to the … He probably would change the Bible …

    • Luca

      Obama and his kind are so easily brainwashed they think Lincoln was a Democrat.

      • JohnEngelman

        I have read a comment right here on American Renaissance saying that Abraham Lincoln was a Marxist.

        • Realist

          In a way he was. Certainly one can make the argument considering both his close ties with marxist-influenced germans and his writings on labor.

          Supposedly, Lincoln said, “Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital.
          Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if
          labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and
          deserves much the higher consideration.”

          Today’s conservatives would not hesitate to place capital, here denoting profits, as prior to labor (since it is a fund for labor).

          • JohnEngelman

            When Abraham Lincoln was reelected Karl Marx sent him the following congratulations on behalf of the International Working Men’s Association:


            “We congratulate the American people upon your re-election by a large majority. If resistance to the Slave Power was the reserved watchword of your first election, the triumphant war cry of your re-election is Death to Slavery.

            “From the commencement of the titanic American strife the workingmen of Europe felt instinctively that the star-spangled banner carried the destiny of their class. The contest for the territories which opened the dire epopee, was it not to decide whether the virgin soil of immense tracts should be wedded to the labor of the emigrant or prostituted by the tramp of the slave driver?”

            Before then I doubt that Abraham Lincoln knew that Karl Marx existed.

  • mullah obama

    Not a Quran? Obviously he is pretending. We know who he is. He cant fake it.

  • Bill

    Best line I ever heard/saw about the MLK memorial was a picture of the horrendous thing, and the words below it stating “Apparently MLK owed debts to Jabba the Hut”

  • MartelC

    the monument represents everything america has become: ugly, corrupt, marxist, incompetent… I wonder if we will all have to bow down to it in a few years.

    • Johnny Clay

      I’m expecting a statue of Obama similar to the 70-foot-tall one in North Korea of Kim Il-sung to be erected before long.

  • IstvanIN

    MLK’s statue looks a lot like a member of the North Korean ruling Kim family.

    • Johnny Clay

      People here in DC have said that the statue does look Asian.

    • CharlesFinley

      Look up, Planet of the Apes Lawgiver statue…

    • StillModerated

      What do you expect? They couldn’t find any black sculptors, they didn’t trust YT to do Michael King justice, so the monument was made in China. At least that’s what I read on the internet.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Two Bibles?

    What? Did he misplace his mother’s copy of Marx’s Communist Manifesto and his own copy of Mao’s Little Red Book?


  • bigone4u

    The current political climate requires that black myths be paid tribute to. MLK as presented to us in the history books is a myth. In the 50s and 60s polite society viewed him as an “outside agitator,” meaning a troublemaker. It is doubtful that he wrote his own speeches, which are so widely quoted and wrongfully attritbuted to him. The Obamster is carrying the charade one step forward, which is not surprising. As blacks shrink as a percent of the population, new myths will have to be created to honor the newcomers, the Mexicans, Muslims, etc. It took an assasination to cement the legend of MLK, but who knows how these future legends will be invented.

    • Of course it is doubtful he wrote his own speeches … he didn’t even really write his doctoral dissertation.

      • D. H. Andrews

        I know for a fact that his “I Have a Dream” speech was written by jewish communist Stanley Levinson.

        • Luca

          And don’t forget Clarence B. Jones, the African-American communist. King was good as a public speaker but he had his handlers in the background making him a bit more presentable. And now he has liberal historians turning him into a Demigod for reading a speech written by communists.

  • King’s Bible, which his children say he used early in his career as a preacher, has never been part of a presidential inauguration before.

    How much is the King family charging to rent it?

    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.

    And he needs sworn in a second time why?

  • Biff_Maliboo

    If this keeps up, Dear Leader will have to grow more hands.

  • Garrett Brown

    I think Obama has been watching too much Spielberg…

  • Bandmo

    Did the King family rent Obama the MLK Jr. Bible?

  • I wonder if king’s “traveling” bible was present during the booze fueled hooker orgies he was known for?

  • Zapp Branigan

    I’m still steaming about the black pastor Obongo had read the convocation at his first inauguration who said “if you’re yellow it’s mellow, if you’re brown stick around, etc” as Obongo smiled on.
    This was the inauguration of the President Of The United States and they garbaged it up with trashy ghetto-speak. How disgusting.

    • CharlesFinley

      EVERYthing is garbaged up, these days. White people at michrophones don’t say “hello” to anyone…they “make a shoutout”. Jewelry is now “bling”. Old fashioned is “ode skoo”, et cetera… Groid speak and groid “music” is littered all through the media.

      • Zapp Branigan

        Speaking of our garbaged upculture/giving shoutouts…..remember when Obongo went on national news to inform the nation of the shooting of 40+ servicemen and women by a crazed islamic army major and he started by saying “I want to give a shout out to my friends at blah blah blah”?

        He should have been impeached the next day for that .

        • quick_quip

          Rather, hung from the neck until dead.

    • Joe Mama

      Blacks have no respect for anything or anyone.. It, to me, was expected..

      • Not Politically Correct

        You men like the numerous Whites who have disrespected President Obama?

    • StillModerated

      It it’s yellow let it mellow. If it’s brown flush it down. It’s from Meet The Fockers.


    Why would Obuma use two bibles when the ring on his finger says Allah is God, the only God?
    This fact is easily verifiable on the internet. Obumer is Muslim he doesn’t try to completely hide it.

  • shmo123

    Obama could swear on a stack of bibles, and it wouldn’t make him look any more reverent. Add the fact that less than half the people of this country even believe he’s a Christian, and it’s nothing more than a photo-op. He might as well stand there holding a bible upside down.

  • blissful ignorance

    Screw the fluff. Dont worry be happy ignorance is bliss mr cool has much bigger fish to fry. Who gave the dumb beanpole thief the keys to the bank but dumbass white lib fags whistling past their graveyards.

  • Vonhauer

    My question is why he uses a bible at all with the following record:

    Acts of hostility toward people of Biblical faith:

    April 2008 – Obama speaks disrespectfully of Christians, saying they “cling to guns and religion” and have an “antipathy to people who aren’t like them.”

    February 2009 – Obama announces plans to revoke conscience protection for health workers who refuse to participate in medical activities that go against their beliefs, and fully implements the plan in February 2011.

    April 2009 – When speaking at Georgetown University, Obama orders that a monogram symbolizing Jesus’ name be covered when he is making his speech.

    May 2009 – Obama declines to host services for the National Prayer Day (a day established by federal law) at the White House.

    April 2009 – In a deliberate act of disrespect, Obama nominated three pro-abortion ambassadors to the Vatican; of course, the pro-life Vatican rejected all three.

    October 19, 2010 – Obama begins deliberately omitting the phrase about “the Creator” when quoting the Declaration of Independence – an omission he has made on no less than seven occasions.

    November 2010 – Obama misquotes the National Motto, saying it is “E pluribus unum” rather than “In God We Trust” as established by federal law.

    January 2011 – After a federal law was passed to transfer a WWI Memorial in the Mojave Desert to private ownership, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled that the cross in the memorial could continue to stand, but the Obama administration refused to allow the land to be transferred as required by law, and refused to allow the cross to be re-erected as ordered by the Court.

    February 2011 – Although he filled posts in the State Department, for more than two years Obama did not fill the post of religious freedom ambassador, an official that works against religious persecution across the world; he filled it only after heavy pressure from the public and from Congress.

    April 2011 – For the first time in American history, Obama urges passage of a non-discrimination law that does not contain hiring protections for religious groups, forcing religious organizations to hire according to federal mandates without regard to the dictates of their own faith, thus eliminating conscience protection in hiring.

    August 2011 – The Obama administration releases its new health care rules that override religious conscience protections for medical workers in the areas of abortion and contraception.

    November 2011 – Obama opposes inclusion of President Franklin Roosevelt’s famous D-Day Prayer in the WWII Memorial. 12 November 2011 – Unlike previous presidents, Obama studiously avoids any religious references in his Thanksgiving speech.

    December 2011 – The Obama administration denigrates other countries’ religious beliefs as an obstacle to radical homosexual rights.

    January 2012 – The Obama administration argues that the First Amendment provides no protection for churches and synagogues in hiring their pastors and rabbis.

    February 2012 – The Obama administration forgives student loans in exchange for public service, but announces it will no longer forgive student loans if the public service is related to religion.

    Obama’s hostility to biblical values:

    January 2009 – Obama lifts restrictions on U.S. government funding for groups that provide abortion services or counseling abroad, forcing taxpayers to fund pro-abortion groups that either promote or perform abortions in other nations.

    January 2009 – President Obama’s nominee for deputy secretary of state asserts that American taxpayers are required to pay for abortions and that limits on abortion funding are unconstitutional.

    March 2009 – The Obama administration shut out pro-life groups from attending a White House-sponsored health care summit.

    March 2009 – Obama orders taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research.

    March 2009 – Obama gave $50 million for the UNFPA, the UN population agency that promotes abortion and works closely with Chinese population control officials who use forced abortions and involuntary sterilizations.

    May 2009 – The White House budget eliminates all funding for abstinence-only education and replaces it with “comprehensive” sexual education, repeatedly proven to increase teen pregnancies and abortions. He continues the deletion in subsequent budgets.

    May 2009 – Obama officials assemble a terrorism dictionary calling pro-life advocates violent and charging that they use racism in their “criminal” activities.

    July 2009 – The Obama administration illegally extends federal benefits to same-sex partners of Foreign Service and Executive Branch employees, in direction violation of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

    September 16, 2009 – The Obama administration appoints as EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum, who asserts that society should “not tolerate” any “private beliefs,” including religious beliefs, if they may negatively affect homosexual “equality.”

    July 2010 – The Obama administration uses federal funds in violation of federal law to get Kenya to change its constitution to include abortion.

    August 2010 – The Obama administration Cuts funding for 176 abstinence education programs.

    September 2010 – The Obama administration tells researchers to ignore a judge’s decision striking down federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.

    February 2011 – Obama directs the Justice Department to stop defending the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

    March 2011 – The Obama administration refuses to investigate videos showing Planned Parenthood helping alleged sex traffickers get abortions for victimized underage girls.

    July 2011 – Obama allows homosexuals to serve openly in the military, reversing a policy originally instituted by George Washington in March 1778.

    September 2011 – The Pentagon directs that military chaplains may perform same-sex marriages at military facilities in violation of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

    October 2011 – The Obama administration eliminates federal grants to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for their extensive programs that aid victims of human trafficking because the Catholic Church is anti-abortion.

    Obama’s preferential treatment for Islam:

    May 2009 – While Obama does not host any National Day of Prayer event at the White House, he does host White House Iftar dinners in honor of Ramadan.

    April 2010 – Christian leader Franklin Graham is disinvited from the Pentagon’s National Day of Prayer Event because of complaints from the Muslim community.

    April 2010 – The Obama administration requires rewriting of government documents and a change in administration vocabulary to remove terms that are deemed offensive to Muslims, including jihad, jihadists, terrorists, radical Islamic, etc.

    August 2010 – Obama speaks with great praise of Islam and condescendingly of Christianity.

    August 2010 – Obama went to great lengths to speak out on multiple occasions on behalf of building an Islamic mosque at Ground Zero, while at the same time he was silent about a Christian church being denied permission to rebuild at that location.

    2010 – While every White House traditionally issues hundreds of official proclamations and statements on numerous occasions, this White House avoids traditional Biblical holidays and events but regularly recognizes major Muslim holidays, as evidenced by its 2010 statements on Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, Hajj, and Eid-ul-Adha.

    October 2011 – Obama’s Muslim advisers block Middle Eastern Christians’ access to the White House.

    February 2012 – The Obama administration makes the utmost apologies for Korans being burned by the U. S. military, but when Bibles were burned by the military, numerous reasons were offered why it was the right thing to do.

    Need I say more? Quite the player isn’t he.

    • Athling

      Indeed. Christianity is intimately tied to white people. There are those who hate it for that reason. Nevertheless, it is an important part of our history and has shaped our civilization and traditions. Whether one personally holds the faith or not it at least deserves some amount of respect. That is my opinion on the subject. It is telling that Obama, even in a presidential role, couldn’t see fit to do that on some minimal level.

  • Greyghost

    Michael King Jr. aka Martin Luther King Jr., a communist agitator, and Abe Lincoln, a dictatorial tyrant. Good Choices Barry.

  • baltasar almudárriz

    Vulgarity beyond words …. hitting a new low every day.

  • Ray_1985

    im just speechless

  • shattered

    Apparently they could not find a Koran handy so a Bible will have to do. But does anyone really believe his oath to uphold the Constitution means much?

  • Goldbug12

    I thought he would choose Saul Alinsky’s “Rules For Radicals!”