Barack Obama will be using Abraham Lincoln’s Bible when it is time to be sworn in on January 20. Not only is the Bible being used but the route Lincoln took by train will be repeated.
Obama plans to host a welcome event at the Lincoln Memorial before the big day.
The Lakeland Ledger reports:
“President-elect Obama is deeply honored that the Library of Congress has made the Lincoln Bible available for use during his swearing-in,” Presidential Inaugural Committee Executive Director Emmett Beliveau said in a statement Tuesday.
Obama will be the first since Lincoln himself to use the burgundy velvet Bible purchased by William Thomas Carroll, clerk of the Supreme Court. The Bible is part of the collection of the Library of Congress.
The Bible will be on display from February 12 to May 9 at the Library of Congress, part of the “With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition.” After the Washington D.C. run the exhibit will travel to five other American cities to celebrate this year being the bicentennial year of Lincoln’s birth.