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'So help me God' isn't in official presidential oath

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8:59 PM, Jan. 17, 2013
President Obama rests his hand on President Lincoln's Inaugural Bible, held by Obama's wife, Michelle, as he takes the oath of office at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 20, 2009.
President Obama rests his hand on President Lincoln's Inaugural Bible, held by Obama's wife, Michelle, as he takes the oath of office at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 20, 2009.
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When President Obama rests his hand on two historic Bibles to take his second-term oath of office Monday, he'll add a phrase not mentioned in the Constitution: "So help me God."

First, there was a myth that the tradition of adding God to the oath began with George Washington. It didn't, say experts at the Library of Congress, the U.S. Senate Historical Office and the first president's home, Mount Vernon.

Although the phrase was used in federal courtrooms since 1789, the first proof it was used in a presidential oath of office came with Chester Arthur's inauguration in September 1881. ...

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