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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Groundhog Day *

President Barack Obama took the Oath of Office again from Chief Justice John Roberts, but this time without courtesy of a Bible in front of him.

I'm actually a little sour about this. Given that he was at pains to say he was a Christian, it strikes me as very strange that in the whole of the White House, they couldn't find one measely, unpacked Bible. What, did Bush take them all with him?

Come on now. I hate people who do things just for show, and not because they mean it. Phoney.



The others who had to re-take the Oath were Presidents Calvin Coolidge (whose father was a notary public and administered it to his own son; to date the only non-Judge to so) and Chester A. Arthur. I have no idea what his problem was. Maybe he couldn't speak through those absurd mutton-chops.

*Blogpost title inspired by Theo Boehm.

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2 Comments:

  • Victoria: Thanks for picking up the Groundhog Day conceit!

    Regarding Calvin Coolidge, here is a photo I took a little less than a year and a half ago of the room in the Coolidge house in Plymouth, Vermont, where Calvin Coolidge's father administered the oath of office, using the Bible you see on the table. The house is kept as it was in the 1920's, and is well worth a visit if you're driving through Vermont. It's in the United States, but the culture of the people who built this house and lived there might as well be on another planet today.

    By Blogger Theo Boehm, at Thu Jan 22, 01:04:00 am GMT-5  

  • Coolidge house in Plymouth, Vermont, where Calvin Coolidge's father administered the oath of office, using the Bible you see on the table.

    Great snap, Theo! Very atmospheric, in a rather Victorian spartan way.

    As you say, the culture that spawned this thin, frugal Yankee Calvin Coolidge has almost disappeared in the region, replaced by cruchy granola liberalism and post-hippie affectations. It's so sad.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Jan 22, 01:24:00 am GMT-5  

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