Obama picks Bible for inauguration, but what verse?

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While President-elect Barack Obama will certainly be making history when he takes the oath of office on January 20, he'll also be repeating it -- by placing his hand on the same Bible that Abraham Lincoln used during the inauguration of 1861.

The Constitution does not require presidents to be sworn in on a Bible, though almost every chief executive since George Washington has chosen to do so. Presidents have differed greatly, however, on the question of which passage the Bible should be opened to during the swearing-in ceremony.

It brings up the question of what -- if any -- biblical passage Obama will emphasize.

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Randll Reese Besch - 1/16/2009

The Christian Bible how original. It would be so good if they didn't swear on a Bible for a change. How about the Constitution/Bill of Rights instead? Maybe they might take that oath seriously unlike so many previous presidents.

Swearing on a Bible or any religious book is a violation and gives the wrong idea that we should have a Christian gov't. If you have no problems then substitute a Koran or the Upanishads and see how you feel.