Friday’s inaugural festivities will be full of the pomp and circumstance that we have come to expect as the United States experiences our iconic transition of power. It will be full of fireworks, parades, performances and celebrations. But one moment in particular will, as always, take center stage.
The moment when one person takes the Oath of Office and becomes the next president is always historic. Inaugurations are a time of transition, a time for looking forward and a time that has historically led to some of the greatest speeches by American presidents. This inauguration will be a bit more historic than most, however. It will represent yet another milestone for African Americans throughout the country.
The Independent Journal Review reported that Justice Clarence Thomas will administer the Oath of Office to Vice-President-elect Mike Pence using President Ronald Reagan’s family Bible. This represents the first time in US history that an African American will preside over the swearing in of a president or vice-president.
The Reagan Bible was previously used during the inauguration of President Reagan. It “will be opened to the same passage Reagan used during his inaugurations,” 2 Chronicles 7:14, which reads “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
Given the contemptuous political scene in which we now live, a little humility will be a good thing for our country.
President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts. At almost every inauguration in US history, the duty to administer the Oath of Office to the president has fallen on the chief justice. But vice-presidents have been sworn in by a variety of officials throughout our history. Vice-President-elect Pence expressed his humility at being sworn in by Justice Thomas.
“It will be my honor to take the Oath of Office to defend our Constitution from a man who has dedicated his life to the same noble pursuit,” Pence said. He added that he has “long admired Justice Clarence Thomas and deeply respects his judicial philosophy, dedication to the rule of law, and his historic service on the bench of our nation’s highest court.”
Source: Independent Journal Review