Presidential Inaugurations and the Bible: Jimmy Carter

Defeating Gerald Ford in the run for President, Governor Jimmy Carter took the oath of office on January 20, 1977, administered by Chief Justice Warren Burger.

One of the Bibles selected by President Carter was George Washington’s Bible. Referring to it in his speech, President Carter said:

“Here before me is the Bible used in the inauguration of our first president, in 1789, and I have just taken the oath of office on the Bible my mother gave me just a few years ago, opened to a timeless admonition from the ancient prophet Micah: ‘He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of thee, but to do justly and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.’”


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