Washington, Jan 20 (ANI): The Lincoln Bible to be used by Barack Obama to take oath as the 44th President of the United States, may not belong to the Lincoln family.
“They call it the Lincoln Bible. It is in tolerably good condition. While it is in good condition, it’s not really the Lincoln family Bible,” claimed Clark Evans of the Library of Congress.
With the Civil War about to erupt and an assassination threat in Baltimore, Lincoln arrived in Washington in the middle of the night. His belongings and his Bible were still en route, CBS News reports.
It could be possible that Abraham Lincoln showed up for his first inauguration without a Bible, and the then Chief Justice there to swear him in, sent him and his clerk to get one.
“That’s a very likely scenario for what happened,”" Evans said, showing the current Lincoln Bible. “And … this is what he brings back.”
The clerk of the Supreme Court, William Thomas Carroll, brought back one of the many Bibles he kept for official use – then signed and sealed it, the report said.
On that day, Lincoln spoke to a nation in crisis, about to split in two. And on Election Night, Obama echoed Lincoln’s words.
For inspiration, Obama has been reading Lincoln’s second inaugural address, said John Sellers, a Lincoln curator at the Library of Congress.
In Abraham Lincoln’s rise from nothing and in his determination, Barack Obama sees a model – to inspire, to guide and to unite. (ANI)