WASHINGTON (TheBlaze/AP) â€” President Barack Obama is putting a symbolic twist on a time-honored tradition, taking the oath of office for his second term with his hand placed not on a single Bible, but two â€” one owned by Martin Luther King Jr. and one by Abraham Lincoln. Earlier this week,Â his historic selection of a woman who is not a clergy personÂ to deliver his inaugural invocation also made headlines (this is the first time a female and a person who is not a faith leader has been selected).
The inclusion of King’s Bible in the oath process is particularly significant since the inauguration comes on Jan. 21, the federal holiday in honor of the civil rights leader, who delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech 50 years ago at the Lincoln Memorial. Obama will be facing the memorial as he takes the oath. King’s Bible, which his children say he used early in his career as a preacher, has never been part of a presidential inauguration. Â (Read more:Â Obama Puts 2nd Twist on Inauguration)