President Barack Obama will use bibles with links to Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr. and First Lady Michelle’s grandmother–who was the first African-American manager at Chicago’s Moody Bible Institute bookstore.
Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will be sworn-in twice because the Jan. 20 official date falls on a Sunday. At the official swearing-in at the White House, Obama will use a bible that has been in Mrs. Robinson’s family for decades.
The Presidential Inaugural Committee said in a statement, “the Robinson Family Bible was selected specifically for the occasion. The bible was a gift from the First Lady’s father, Fraser Robinson III, to his mother, LaVaughn Delores Robinson on Mother’s Day in 1958. Mrs. Robinson was the first African-American woman manager of a Moody Bible Institute’s bookstore and she used the Bible regularly.”
At the ceremonial swearing-in on Jan. 21, on the West Steps of the Capitol, Obama will use two bibles: “the Bible used by President Lincoln at his first Inauguration, which the President used in 2009, and a Bible used by the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”
Jan. 21 is the national King Day holiday.
“President Obama is honored to use these Bibles at the swearing-in ceremonies,” said Steve Kerrigan, President and CEO of the PIC. “On the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, this historic moment is a reflection of the extraordinary progress we’ve made as a nation.”