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(US Senate)   Presidential inaugurations were moved outside in 1817, because the Senate and House of Representatives couldn't settle a fight over which chairs would be used in the House chamber   (inaugural.senate.gov) divider line 25
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2013-01-21 07:30:51 PM  
Always have, and always will be a nation of squabbling.
 
2013-01-21 07:32:20 PM  
thepresidency.us
JUST PICK A FARKING CHAIR
 
2013-01-21 07:51:02 PM  
FTFA Bible Used: Unknown

Why is this even relevant?  Swearing in on a Bible is a rather recent 'tradition'.  So is saying "So help me God".  Both should be ended.
 
2013-01-21 07:56:25 PM  

gingerjet: FTFA Bible Used: Unknown

Why is this even relevant?  Swearing in on a Bible is a rather recent 'tradition'.  So is saying "So help me God".  Both should be ended.


While President-elect Barack Obama will certainly be making history when he takes the oath of office on January 20, he'll also be repeating it -- by placing his hand on the same Bible that Abraham Lincoln used during the inauguration of 1861.

1861 is not recent, just sayin'. Your point may be that Lincoln was a one-off, but now you've got me curious as to when the tradition started.
 
2013-01-21 07:58:50 PM  

gingerjet: So is saying "So help me God"


That was first said by Chester A. Arthur  in 1881, which isn't exactly recent either.
 
2013-01-21 08:00:02 PM  
Considering that Congresscritters eventually sunk to beating each other half to death with a cane, this surprises me none.
 
2013-01-21 08:11:08 PM  

UNC_Samurai: Considering that Congresscritters eventually sunk to beating each other half to death with a cane, this surprises me none.


This comment is useless without pics.

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2013-01-21 08:55:01 PM  
And still those farkers won't grow up
 
2013-01-21 09:02:32 PM  

gingerjet: FTFA Bible Used: Unknown

Why is this even relevant?  Swearing in on a Bible is a rather recent 'tradition'.  So is saying "So help me God".  Both should be ended.


Insofar as oaths have any meaning at all, they should be by or upon something the swearer holds dear.

you can use something else when you swear in as president.
 
2013-01-21 09:06:21 PM  

Holocaust Agnostic: gingerjet: FTFA Bible Used: Unknown

Why is this even relevant?  Swearing in on a Bible is a rather recent 'tradition'.  So is saying "So help me God".  Both should be ended.

Insofar as oaths have any meaning at all, they should be by or upon something the swearer holds dear.

you can use something else when you swear in as president.


Cool! When I'm sworn in, can it be on the severed heads of my defeated enemies?
 
2013-01-21 09:08:05 PM  

Holocaust Agnostic: gingerjet: FTFA Bible Used: Unknown

Why is this even relevant?  Swearing in on a Bible is a rather recent 'tradition'.  So is saying "So help me God".  Both should be ended.

Insofar as oaths have any meaning at all, they should be by or upon something the swearer holds dear.

you can use something else when you swear in as president.


That would be this recliner I'm sitting in.  I totally take an oath on this bad ass.
 
2013-01-21 09:10:08 PM  

Gyrfalcon: Holocaust Agnostic: gingerjet: FTFA Bible Used: Unknown

Why is this even relevant?  Swearing in on a Bible is a rather recent 'tradition'.  So is saying "So help me God".  Both should be ended.

Insofar as oaths have any meaning at all, they should be by or upon something the swearer holds dear.

you can use something else when you swear in as president.

Cool! When I'm sworn in, can it be on the severed heads of my defeated enemies?


That may be a health code violation. you should probably use bare skulls.
 
2013-01-21 09:25:46 PM  

Holocaust Agnostic: Gyrfalcon: Holocaust Agnostic: gingerjet: FTFA Bible Used: Unknown

Why is this even relevant?  Swearing in on a Bible is a rather recent 'tradition'.  So is saying "So help me God".  Both should be ended.

Insofar as oaths have any meaning at all, they should be by or upon something the swearer holds dear.

you can use something else when you swear in as president.

Cool! When I'm sworn in, can it be on the severed heads of my defeated enemies?

That may be a health code violation. you should probably use bare skulls.


So my new goal in life (or whatever you want to call it) is to put my brain in a robot body and be sworn in on my own dessicated skull.
 
2013-01-21 09:31:08 PM  

andrewagill: So my new goal in life (or whatever you want to call it) is to put my brain in a robot body and be sworn in on my own dessicated skull.


One skull hardly qualifies as a mountain.

Next you're going to tell me you won't have a castle of pain or a throne of blood...
 
2013-01-21 09:35:02 PM  

Holocaust Agnostic: gingerjet: FTFA Bible Used: Unknown

Why is this even relevant?  Swearing in on a Bible is a rather recent 'tradition'.  So is saying "So help me God".  Both should be ended.

Insofar as oaths have any meaning at all, they should be by or upon something the swearer holds dear.

you can use something else when you swear in as president.


a plate of spaghetti? all hail FSM
 
2013-01-21 10:17:31 PM  

andrewagill: So my new goal in life (or whatever you want to call it) is to put my brain in a robot body and be sworn in on my own dessicated skull.


Go for the chainsaw arms.
 
2013-01-21 10:21:16 PM  

andrewagill: Holocaust Agnostic: Gyrfalcon: Holocaust Agnostic: gingerjet: FTFA Bible Used: Unknown

Why is this even relevant?  Swearing in on a Bible is a rather recent 'tradition'.  So is saying "So help me God".  Both should be ended.

Insofar as oaths have any meaning at all, they should be by or upon something the swearer holds dear.

you can use something else when you swear in as president.

Cool! When I'm sworn in, can it be on the severed heads of my defeated enemies?

That may be a health code violation. you should probably use bare skulls.

So my new goal in life (or whatever you want to call it) is to put my brain in a robot body and be sworn in on my own dessicated skull.


You're your own worst enemy? Or you're going for the Krang look?
 
2013-01-21 11:14:42 PM  

gingerjet: FTFA Bible Used: Unknown

Why is this even relevant?  Swearing in on a Bible is a rather recent 'tradition'.  So is saying "So help me God".  Both should be ended.


upload.wikimedia.org

"I hope nobody sees me, I'd hate for people to remember what I'm doing here today and emulate it. Hey, hired painter, are you getting this?"
 
2013-01-21 11:17:55 PM  

Gyrfalcon: andrewagill: Holocaust Agnostic: Gyrfalcon: Holocaust Agnostic: gingerjet: FTFA Bible Used: Unknown

Why is this even relevant?  Swearing in on a Bible is a rather recent 'tradition'.  So is saying "So help me God".  Both should be ended.

Insofar as oaths have any meaning at all, they should be by or upon something the swearer holds dear.

you can use something else when you swear in as president.

Cool! When I'm sworn in, can it be on the severed heads of my defeated enemies?

That may be a health code violation. you should probably use bare skulls.

So my new goal in life (or whatever you want to call it) is to put my brain in a robot body and be sworn in on my own dessicated skull.

You're your own worst enemy? Or you're going for the Krang look?


No, see, my old body is something I hold dear, which I keep around for sentimental reasons.

I might also be sworn in with my hands on Adrienne Barbeau's body, but that's nowhere near as cool as being sworn in on your own skull.
 
2013-01-21 11:18:12 PM  
Stuff like this is why I laugh every time someone talks about how we're at a new level of partisanship. Politicians will feud over the stupidest shiat regardless of office or political leaning. fark them all.
 
2013-01-22 12:03:28 AM  
It's the wright of habeus cathedra and Blackbongo wants to steal it from you.
 
2013-01-22 01:16:48 AM  

gingerjet: FTFA Bible Used: Unknown

Why is this even relevant?  Swearing in on a Bible is a rather recent 'tradition'


Anyone who's watched "The West Wing" knows differently.
 
2013-01-22 07:14:54 AM  

gingerjet: FTFA Bible Used: Unknown

Why is this even relevant?  Swearing in on a Bible is a rather recent 'tradition'.  So is saying "So help me God".  Both should be ended.


Uh, no it's not. George Washington started it, and every President since has used a bible, except John Quincy Adams, who used a lawbook containing the Constitution (and other things, but the Constitution was the focus).

Oh, and only one President has ever chosen to affirm the oath of office, and it wasn't one of the two Quaker presidents we've had. It was Pierce, if you care. The Quakers were Hoover and Nixon.
 
2013-01-22 08:19:26 AM  

cptjeff: gingerjet: FTFA Bible Used: Unknown

Why is this even relevant?  Swearing in on a Bible is a rather recent 'tradition'.  So is saying "So help me God".  Both should be ended.

Uh, no it's not. George Washington started it, and every President since has used a bible, except John Quincy Adams, who used a lawbook containing the Constitution (and other things, but the Constitution was the focus).

Oh, and only one President has ever chosen to affirm the oath of office, and it wasn't one of the two Quaker presidents we've had. It was Pierce, if you care. The Quakers were Hoover and Nixon.


But it hasn't been a tradition to THINK that it was a tradition. Before, it was just something everybody did, because why wouldn't you swear on a bible? But now, everyone's like "oh, we have to swear on a bible because everybody else did it."
 
2013-01-22 08:34:51 AM  

another cultural observer: cptjeff: gingerjet: FTFA Bible Used: Unknown

Why is this even relevant?  Swearing in on a Bible is a rather recent 'tradition'.  So is saying "So help me God".  Both should be ended.

Uh, no it's not. George Washington started it, and every President since has used a bible, except John Quincy Adams, who used a lawbook containing the Constitution (and other things, but the Constitution was the focus).

Oh, and only one President has ever chosen to affirm the oath of office, and it wasn't one of the two Quaker presidents we've had. It was Pierce, if you care. The Quakers were Hoover and Nixon.

But it hasn't been a tradition to THINK that it was a tradition. Before, it was just something everybody did, because why wouldn't you swear on a bible? But now, everyone's like "oh, we have to swear on a bible because everybody else did it."


Uh, what?
 
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