I read in the NY Times this morning that Justice Roberts had administered to President Obama the oath of office one more time (to correct the flubbed wording on Inauguration Day).
But I also noticed that, rather deep in the article, was the statement:
Mr. Obama raised his right hand and did not use a Bible.
My immediate thought was this: The right will pick up on this and run with it all day—and this will hover around the conspiratorial web sites FOREVER.
Then I thought: This will probably be on the Drudge Report page this morning.
And I clicked over to the Drudge Report, and sure enough, there it was, as the banner headline:
NO BIBLE USED AT OBAMA RE-SWEAR
The Drudge Report is Soooo PREDICTABLE.
Barack Obama. The first president to take the Constitutional oath of office without using a Bible.
That will be yet another permanently embedded source of fear and resentment directed toward Obama by the far right, and a hint to conspiratorialists that Obama is not what he seems (who is, by the way?)
Religious fundamentalists will also no doubt use this as “evidence” that Obama is the Antichrist.
This kind of distracting crap is one way that the right will try, over the next four years, to wear Obama’s presidency down.
It might well succeed.
Let’s hope not.