The swearing in ceremony during the Presidential Inauguration is both symbolic and sacred.
It is the moment that an elected figure becomes the official leader of the Free World. It is the moment he pledges to defend our Constitution and every American. The moment is serious and powerful and symbolically starts his time as our President.
Much like taking an oath in court, the President will place his hands on a Bible. This book of Scripture represents the core values and faith that have shaped the United States for over 200 years. A President making an oath on a Bible is an acknowledgement that the higher power of God is watching over him, his administration, and the U.S. government.
President-elect Donald Trump will swear in as president on a Bible used by Abraham Lincoln during his first inauguration as president.
The Lincoln Bible is currently part of the Library of Congress collection and was used by Obama to swear in as president after the 2008 and 2012 elections. Only Obama and Lincoln have used that copy of the Bible to swear the oath of office.
“In his first inaugural address, President Lincoln appealed to the ‘better angels of our nature,’” said Presidential Inauguration Committee Chairman Tom Barrack. “As he takes the same oath of office 156 years later, President-elect Trump is humbled to place his hand on Bibles that hold special meaning both to his family and to our country.”
Surely the Lincoln Bible carries much significance for U.S. leaders, both Republican and Democrat. Lincoln led our nation through one of its darkest hours. Because of his stalwart leadership and faith, he was able to reunite the country after a terrible Civil War.
Thanks to Lincoln, millions of black Americans were granted freedom from slavery. He continues to endure as a symbol of the very best of our leaders; someone every President and Congressman should aspire to be like.
In addition to swearing on the Lincoln Bible, Trump will also be using his family Bible, given to him by his mother when he graduated from Sunday Church Primary School in 1955.