This seems presumptuous, bordering on the arrogant, to me, but I could be wrong.
President-elect Obama will be sworn into office with his hand on the same Bible that President Abraham Lincoln used in 1861.
The decision is consistent with Obama’s Lincoln theme as he prepares to become the 44th president of the United States.
“President-elect Obama is deeply honored that the Library of Congress has made the Lincoln Bible available for use during his swearing-in,” said Presidential Inaugural Committee Executive Director Emmett Beliveau. “The President-elect is committed to holding an inauguration that celebrates America’s unity, and the use of this historic Bible will provide a powerful connection to our common past and common heritage.”
Because, as we all know, Lincoln’s Presidency was a time of great unity for America. Even in the years immediately after his Presidency ended in a rather violent display of unity, the oneness of our common experience was on ready display until the Republicans managed to break a Democratic filibuster in 1964 to pass the Yet More Unity and Common Heritage-Loving Act.
I recall a couple other Presidents who used historic Bibles, but I can’t readily remember who they were. I know that Carter was one, who used George Washington’s inaugural Bible. That turned out pretty well for him, too.
I suppose we should be glad that they’re not commissioning a monument to him, though. I guess they’re waiting for the Inauguration to get the “historic” picture to model the sculpture after. Alternately, they could use this photo, which has the left all aflutter.