Does the president have to be sworn in on a Bible?

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Q. Does the president have to be sworn in on a Bible?

A. The president can be sworn in on any book that he or she chooses. While the majority of U.S. presidents have chosen Bibles, there have been a handful of exceptions over the years. Franklin Pierce and John Quincy Adams were sworn in on law books, which were meant to represent the U.S. Constitution. Theodore Roosevelt refused to use any book or other prop when he was sworn into office.

Related: Presidents before and after presidency

Presidents before and after presidency
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Presidents before and after presidency

Barack Obama.

Left: 2009

Right: 2016

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George W. Bush

Left: 2001

Right: 2009

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Bill Clinton

Left: 1993    

Right: 2001

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George H. W. Bush

Left: 1989    

Right: 1993

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Ronald Raegan

Left: 1981

Right: 1989

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Jimmy Carter

Left: 1977

Right: 1981

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Gerald Ford

Left: 1974

Right: 1977

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Richard Nixon

Left: 1969

Right: 1974

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Lyndon B. Johnson

Left: 1963


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