Obama Will Take Oath on Lincoln Bible

President-elect the first to use volume since Abe himself
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 23, 2008 11:15 AM CST
A painting shows the second inauguration of Abraham Lincoln as he takes the oath of office, March 4, 1865.
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(Newser) – On January 20, Barack Obama will place his hand on the same Bible Abraham Lincoln used during his 1861 swearing-in, Politico reports. Obama will be the first president to use the tome since Lincoln. Though it’s not constitutionally required, “Presidents have traditionally used Bibles for the ceremony, choosing a volume with personal or historical significance,” Obama’s transition team said.

"The president-elect is committed to holding an Inauguration that celebrates America's unity, and the use of this historic Bible will provide a powerful connection to our common past and common heritage," the team said in a press release.