Presidential Inaugurals and the Bible: Ronald Reagan

At a news conference shortly after his 1985 inauguration, Ronald Reagan said:

“I’ve found that the Bible contains an answer to just about everything and every problem that confronts us, and I wonder sometimes why we won’t recognize that one book could solve a lot of problems for us.”

For both his 1981 and 1985 inaugural oaths, Ronald Reagan used the King James Bible belonging to his mother, Nelle Wilson Reagan—on both occasions opened to 2 Chronicles 7:14, to a passage beginning with: “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves...”

President Reagan spoke fondly of her many margin notes and underlined passages in a 1983 Mother’s Day tribute saying: “My mother, Nelle, made all those marks in that book!”

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