January 9th, 2009
04:15 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama has asked to say 'so help me God' at swearing-in

(CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama has requested that the words “so help me God” be added to the end of the oath of office to be administered by Chief Justice John Roberts on Inauguration Day.

That confirmation came in an affidavit filed today by Roberts' court counselor in a pending lawsuit by an atheist opposed to any mention of God in the inaugural ceremonies. Roberts said he would abide by Obama’s wishes.

The Constitution has specific language on what has to be said when swearing in the president, but the “so help me God” phrase has traditionally been added at the end of the required oath, starting with George Washington in 1789.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (206 Responses)
  1. jim

    I'm an atheist and I don't have a problem with the inauguration proceeding as planed.
    Freedom of religion is about protecting people from having beliefs forced on them, not shielding them from ideas they disagree with.

    January 9, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  2. Christian-observer

    Oh, you crazy Christians... You sinners better get in lock step and follow your divine orders. Feel the guilt, baby. Feel it!! Your god commands it of you!

    January 9, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  3. Tim

    The left loones are going to go ape.

    Lefty loones, Obama believes in God.

    January 9, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  4. Chris

    Am I the only agnostic who really doesn't care about this? It's a few words and, quite frankly, it is unimportant whether or not they are included.

    January 9, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  5. Gene

    to "Raul"

    You're right... how can evolution possibly exist. Why would we actually want to look at countless examples of physical evidence of evolution when we have a bible to tell us what really happened. You're right.. very funny.

    January 9, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  6. G in BR

    To No Hillary = No Obama:

    You in my opinion are a worthless troll. You constantly post meaningless drivel all for the sake of venting your worthless rage. Here is a thought; why not get a grip and join the human race. Otherwise, please stop using up precious oxygen that could be used for someone who will “positively” contribute to mankind.

    January 9, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
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