Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Which Bible Page Will He Choose?

From cnn.com:
“With the polls showing an overwhelming majority of Americans convinced the country is on the wrong track Obama might hint at a back-to-basics message by doing what Woodrow Wilson did in 1913. During his first inaugural, Wilson opened the Bible to Psalm 119, which concludes ‘I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments.’”

I sort of wonder if Wilson was talking about bringing the government back to basics, or himself. It was widely understood that he was having a between-marriages affair with the woman who would become his second wife. One joke of the day had it that when he proposed to her, she was so surprised she fell out of bed.

You gotta watch those guys in their starched collars and pince-nez glasses. Underneath the pocket watch and its chain beats the heart of a red-blooded horny American male.

From cnn.com again:
“Almost 220 years ago, in 1789, Washington opened the Bible to Genesis 49:13 – ‘Zebulun shall dwell at the haven of the sea; and he shall be for a haven of ships; and his border shall be unto Zidon.’ Was America's first president trying to send a deep, profound message? Not exactly. It turns out that, for the nation's first inaugural, the Bible was hastily opened to a completely random page. The same thing was done 72 years later when Lincoln was sworn in.”


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