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Obama: Privilege to use King’s Bible in inaugural

Published: Mon, January 21, 2013 @ 5:24 p.m.

Obama: Privilege to use King’s Bible in inaugural

President Barack Obama says it was a privilege to take the oath of office using a Bible that had been owned by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Obama paused by a statue of King in the Capitol Rotunda after a luncheon hosted by members of Congress. He was accompanied by his wife, Michelle, and Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill.

“You know this is the first time I have seen this,” he said.

King’s Bible was one of two he used for the ceremonial inauguration.

“I had the great privilege that the Bible we used was his Bible and they asked for it to be inscribed,” Obama said. The other Bible belonged to President Abraham Lincoln.

Monday was the federal celebration of King’s birthday.


1VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

I think it is very historic to use Lincoln's Bible as well as Dr. King's personal Bible and have it inscribed and dated by the first Afro-American President of the United States. I doubt Barack Obama's legacy will ever exceed Dr. King's, but the fact his signature and date is now forever written in Dr. King's Bible attests to the importance of the event as well as the work of Dr. King.

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