What do the 16th president, a civil rights leader, and Michelle Obama’s grandmother have in common? Their Bibles will be used in the second inauguration of President Barack Obama.
The Presidential Inaugural Committee made the announcement on Thursday that Obama will take the oath of office on the Robinson family Bible on Sunday and on the Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr. Bibles on Monday.
The 20th Amendment designated Jan. 20 as Inauguration Day. But traditionally, when inauguration falls on a Sunday, the president takes the oath privately on Jan. 20 and in a public ceremony on Jan. 21.
“President Obama is honored to use these Bibles at the swearing-in ceremonies,” said Steve Kerrigan, President and CEO of the Presidential Inaugural Committee. “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.”