Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Observational Note

Donald J. Trump takes the oath of office on Friday, he will do so with his hand on two Bibles his own, and one used by Abraham Lincoln in 1861.
Lincoln swore the oath on it at his first inaugural in 1861, as the United States stood on the cusp of the Civil War, it was not used again at an inauguration until the election of Barack Obama, who was sworn in on it in 2009 and again in 2013.

The Bible was given to the library by Mary Lincoln, the widow of Robert Todd Lincoln, the president’s son, the collection also included the contents of President Lincoln’s pocket from the night he was killed.
Because his election had been so divisive between the election and the inauguration, seven states had seceded from the Union, there was real concern that Lincoln would be attacked and so he was smuggled into Washington.