Obama to use 'Lincoln Bible' during inaugural ceremony

He was tall and skinny and from Illinois and entered the presidential contest at a distinct disadvantage.  Nevertheless, he prevailed and on inauguration day was sworn in as president, taking the oath of office  swearing on a bible a Supreme Court clerk purchased locally.

Finding the symbolism irresistible, 147 years later the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced that the  President-Elect
 
will be placing his hand upon the same burgundy velvet-bound Bible that was used by President Lincoln at his first inauguration as he is sworn in as the 44th President of the United States. (snip)
 
 President-elect Obama will be the first president to be sworn in using this Bible since Abraham Lincoln.

Obama is borrowing the Lincoln Bible from the Library of Congress as a gesture "that celebrates the unity of America"  to "provide a powerful connection to our common past and common heritage."
 
Forgive my cynicism but when I first read about the Lincoln Bible being used again after almost a century and a half I thought Obama decided to borrow it because he didn't own one.  I also thought Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago wouldn't loan him one. You may recall that Trinity was where President-Elect and First Lady-Elect celebrated their marriage and where their First and Second Children-Elect were baptized while the Presidential Elect  apparently slept through twenty years of hate filled sermons by its minister, Jeremiah Wright.
He was tall and skinny and from Illinois and entered the presidential contest at a distinct disadvantage.  Nevertheless, he prevailed and on inauguration day was sworn in as president, taking the oath of office  swearing on a bible a Supreme Court clerk purchased locally.

Finding the symbolism irresistible, 147 years later the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced that the  President-Elect
 
will be placing his hand upon the same burgundy velvet-bound Bible that was used by President Lincoln at his first inauguration as he is sworn in as the 44th President of the United States. (snip)
 
 President-elect Obama will be the first president to be sworn in using this Bible since Abraham Lincoln.

Obama is borrowing the Lincoln Bible from the Library of Congress as a gesture "that celebrates the unity of America"  to "provide a powerful connection to our common past and common heritage."
 
Forgive my cynicism but when I first read about the Lincoln Bible being used again after almost a century and a half I thought Obama decided to borrow it because he didn't own one.  I also thought Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago wouldn't loan him one. You may recall that Trinity was where President-Elect and First Lady-Elect celebrated their marriage and where their First and Second Children-Elect were baptized while the Presidential Elect  apparently slept through twenty years of hate filled sermons by its minister, Jeremiah Wright.