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Obama Picks Lincoln, MLK Bibles for Inauguration

The Lincoln Bible. US Library of Congress(WASHINGTON) -- On the day of the Inaugural ceremony, President Obama will take the oath of office on two historic Bibles -- one that belonged to Abraham Lincoln and the other to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) announced on Thursday that the president would swear in on both Bibles, stacking one on top of the other.

King used his Bible “for inspiration and preparing sermons and speeches,” according to the PIC.

“We know our father would be deeply moved to see President Obama take the Oath of Office using his bible,” Dr. King’s children said in a statement distributed by the PIC.  “His ‘traveling bible’ inspired him as he fought for freedom, justice and equality, and we hope it can be a source of strength for the President as he begins his second term.”

Obama used Lincoln’s Bible for his first Inaugural ceremony in 2009.  It belongs to the Library of Congress.

Photos of the Bible opened to the page signed by Supreme Court Clerk William Thomas Carroll, who gave Lincoln the Bible, are available on the Library of Congress’ blog.  It is 4.5 centimeters thick.

Rare book collector William Reese said the Lincoln Bible is much larger than the King Bible and would have been called a “family Bible” in its time.  Unlike King’s Bible, it would have been too big to carry around.

In the 19th century household, Reese said Bibles like Lincoln’s “often would have been read out loud to the family on Sunday,” whereas the PIC said King’s traveled with him on the road.

The two Bibles would not be historically important, except for their remarkable owners, according to Reese.

“All their significance really stems from these great men,” Reese said.

Obama is not the first president to use more than one Bible at his swearing in, but he is the first since Dwight D. Eisenhower to use one other than a family Bible or one given to him personally during the ceremony for the public.

President Richard Nixon used two family Bibles, open to Isaiah 2:4, for both his Inaugural ceremonies, according to the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies.  For Eisenhower’s first Inauguration, he used both his own West Point Bible and George Washington’s Bible.

During a private ceremony on Sunday, Obama will use the Bible that belonged to first lady Michelle Obama’s grandmother, LaVaughn Delores Robinson.

The Robinson family Bible was a present from the first lady’s father to his mother on Mother’s Day in 1958, six years before Michelle’s birth.

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Senators Stop Work To Watch "Lincoln" with Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Grab the popcorn: It's movie night in the Senate.

The Senate has taken an official recess from floor debate for a few hours to screen the movie Lincoln in the Capitol Visitors Center within the Capitol complex.

Appearing with director Steven Spielberg and actor Daniel Day-Lewis on Capitol Hill Wednesday evening, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said that he hopes the message of the movie with resonate with senators and the American people.

“I hope everybody who shared his anti-political mood will go out there and see Lincoln. The movie portrays a nobility of politics in exactly the right way,” Reid said.

All senators and their spouses were invited to Wednesday night’s special screening. Without mentioning the fight over the fiscal cliff going on within the halls of Congress as the clock clicks closer to a deadline, Reid said Wednesday’s screening is an opportunity for “bipartisanship,” among the members.

“For me, it’s what I work with every day but it’s good the American people have seen or will see what the great Abraham Lincoln did to get things done,” Reid said. “It’s remarkable.”

Spielberg said he was honored to show his movie in the Senate and to be able to see ‘”both sides sitting in the same room watching a president put the people out in front of the abyss.”

Because even senators need snacks, a special waiver was granted via a floor vote by the Senate Rules Committee to allow popcorn in for the screening.

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Senators to Screen "Lincoln" with Daniel Day-Lewis, Steven Spielberg

David James, SMPSP©DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC(WASHINGTON) -- As lawmakers struggle to solve the fiscal cliff, they’re set for a movie night Wednesday night in the Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.,will meet with the cast and crew of Lincoln, including director Steven Spielberg and actor Daniel Day-Lewis, in the Capitol before the special showing.

Then each senator, along with their spouse, will be invited to watch the film in the Capitol Visitors Center within the Capitol Complex.

The film’s release was delayed until after the 2012 election -- but DreamWorks still scheduled a special extended two-minute TV ad during the commercial break right after the first presidential debate.

Reid, a Democrat, is a huge fan of the biopic about the most famous Republican president.

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Senators to Screen "Lincoln," Seek a Waiver for Popcorn

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- As lawmakers struggle to solve the fiscal cliff, they’re also struggling for the right to snack on movie night.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., will make a formal appeal to the Senate Rules Committee in order to allow popcorn into the Senate’s special screening of the movie Lincoln in the Capitol Complex.

The screening, for all senators and their spouses, will take place in the Capitol Visitors Center on Wednesday, Dec. 19.

Since food is not allowed in the room, the Majority Leader’s office must get a special waiver to allow for it.

A Senate aide says Reid’s office is currently going through the process of getting approval -- because even senators need their movie snacks.

President Obama held a private screening of the movie at the White House last month.

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