WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Obama, like every other President, uses several pens when signing bills into law, like the US- Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act he signed last year.
He gives out the pens to the people standing around and watching so they can say they have the pen that signed the law. It’s a big deal to them.
But it’s probably not a big deal to God that President Obama will use three Bibles when he takes the oath of office later this month.
We’re pretty sure God is a ‘one and done’ deity and that the other Bibles are just for show.
Four years ago, the president took the oath on the Lincoln Bible, the first President since Lincoln back in 1861. And he’ll use it again this year.
The big parade and inauguration extravaganza will be on Monday, because January 20 falls on a Sunday. This means the president will take the official oath on Sunday, and he’ll use the family Bible given to him by the First Lady’s family.
But when the whole gang gets together on Monday, the president will also haul out Martin Luther King’s traveling Bible, probably because Monday is also MLK Day.
The President will also break tradition when Myrlie Evers-Williams delivers the invocation prayer, becoming the first woman and the first layperson to do so.
Myrlie Evers-Williams is the widow of civil rights activist Medgar Evers, assassinated in the driveway of his Mississippi home in 1963.
And then later in the day come the parties and the balls where the President gets to cut loose and bust some moves.