But where was the Bible?

The second time around, Barack Obama didn't take the oath of office on a Bible; now some on the right are trying to stir up controversy.

By Alex Koppelman

Published January 22, 2009 3:15PM (EST)

Breaking, vital news -- when Barack Obama took the oath of office for a second time, he and Chief Justice John Roberts didn't use a Bible. Obama still isn't president!

No, just kidding. Legally, it doesn't matter -- the president can be sworn in on a copy of "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish" and the oath would count. But not everyone knows that, and besides, legal or not, the lack of a Bible is just the sort of thing that makes some people worry. So if you're a conservative looking for something to be angry about -- or, if you're Matt Drudge, and you're looking for something your audience will be angry about -- this will do quite nicely.

And now Drudge has the news as a banner headline on his site (see screenshot below). So far, judging by Memeorandum, he hasn't yet turned this into a huge story. But there are a few blogs out there jumping on it already; we'll know soon whether this particular snowball's going to start rolling downhill.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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