Barack Obama’s 2nd Presidential Inauguration

“So Help Me God”
By N Mark Castro

1861. It’s the same phrase that could be heard during that time.

And it was this same Bible that Abraham Lincoln used during his presidential inauguration.

Which Obama used during his 2009 inauguration, and again today, 2013. This time, he added this Bible to swear in as well.

Civic Rights Leader Martin Luther King Jr’s Bible will be placed on stack with Lincoln’s where President Barack Obama would place his palm as he takes his oath.

The fragility of both Bibles necessitate to place it on top of each other and even though the Holy Books by itself do not carry any historical significance whatsoever, the owners provide the perfect symbolism for Barack Obama.

Lincoln fought to end slavery.

King fought to end discrimination.

But during the private and official inaugural ceremony held in The White House, President Barack Obama used his mother-in-law’s Bible to swear in.

Photo: "So help me God." And with that, Barack Obama is officially sworn-in for a second term as the 44th President of the United States. (AP Photo/The New York Times, Doug Mills, Pool) Share your congratulations and best wishes!

Mrs. Michelle Obama’s father, Fraser Robinson III, gave the bible to his mother, LaVaughn Delores Robinson in 1958, on Mother’s Day.

Whether it’s the Bible or the Koran or the Torah or the Upanishads or the Diamond Sutras, we all pledge allegiance not to the holy books per se but by the spirit which it embodies.

Despite the clear and constitutional distinction on the separation of the Church and the State in the United States of America, people look to their faiths for guidance. And it is that faith on a Higher Being that makes it possible for all of us to live together.

After all, religion is supposed to unify men … not separate them.

But using your mother-in-law’s Bible, however, is a sure way to get jiggy with your wife.


About Asmartrock

N. Mark Castro is the Southeast Asia Director of JUMP DIGITAL Asia, which is an internationally-awarded and fully integrated digital marketing agency with 5 out of 10 offices in the ASEAN region. He is also the Secretary General of the Philippine Business Club Indonesia, managing and assisting the traffic of investments between the Philippines and Indonesia. He shuttles between Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar, Singapore, Cambodia, and Australia. The views posted here are his own and do not in any way reflect the views of the companies he represents.

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