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Video: Obama credits Lincoln and Dr. King for making presidencies-of-color possible

Video: Obama credits Lincoln and Dr. King for making presidencies-of-color possible

LatinaLista — The inauguration of President Barack Obama as he embarks on his second term in office holds special significance for the nation and him, historically and personally.

President Obama has often stated that the two men he has admired most from history are Abraham Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He will be bringing to his inauguration a little bit of the history of both men by incorporating two items in his swearing-in ceremony that were personal to each man — their bibles.

Using the bible of each man as he takes the oath of office to be the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama's inauguration doesn't lack for historical significance. His inauguration also happens to fall on two very special days in history — the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.

In an interview posted on the White House blog about the meaning of his inauguration, President Obama credits both Lincoln and Dr. King to making it possible for him to be President of the United States.

Also, thanks to the U.S. Constitution President Obama and Vice President Biden enjoyed two swearing-in ceremonies. The U.S. Constitution mandates that the President takes the oath on January 20. Because this year, January 20th fell on a Sunday, the public inauguration and parade were held on Monday, which is also the federal recognition/national holiday of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.

Some will call it coincidence and others will call it divine destiny. Either way, the nation honors two men — President Barack Obama and Vice President Biden — on a day that illustrates how a democracy reflects the will of the people.

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