The choice of Bible for the oath of office is a little-known piece of history, as are the passages presidents chose to have open during the oath.
According to the Associated Press:
"A suburban Atlanta man restored a Bible that belonged to Martin Luther King Jr. so that it can be used in President Barack Obama's inauguration today.Gordon Ponsford of Acworth contracted with the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change to prepare the Bible for Obama's inauguration ceremony.Ponsford said the work involved reattaching leather to the slain civil rights leader's traveling Bible.Ponsford's assistant, Julie Julian of Wildwood, compared the work to taking a raggedy doll and making it look new again."
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