As expected, Barack Obama did have to swear the Oath of Office a second time, this time in a more intimate setting with just a few of the press corp. However, some Americans may feel the new President has made yet another blunder by not swearing on the Bible. Amazingly, given the God-squad in America, not a bible was found anywhere near the swearing in. As the TimesOnline reported, one blogger snarled "Expect a third oath when bitter small town gun- and Bible-toting America finds out."
However, one commenter, Jeff from Sacramento quipped,"Why don't we make everyone happy and we can swear him in everyday and bring a stack of books each time." Now, does the second reading invalidate the first one, or should we take them as cumulative, or an average? Will half a Bible do?
Anyway, with President Obama swearing in twice, once with and once without a Bible, perhaps in the spirit of bringing together all the people of America and the world he really should do this on a daily basis. Here is a partially amusing poll on The Best Swearing In Books in the World
. Polls last 10 days.
Feel free to give further suggestions. The best one so far is the Washington Yellow Pages.
Vote and spread the word! The results so far - OK, not a huge number of votes yet - are a bit surprising as the voters so far come from a non-atheist site I write on. Guess the sanctimonious-ones are planning revenge as the FDA has also sanctioned stem cell research (banned under Bush).