Today we find the Weekly Standard, World Net Daily, and Emptywheel (representing the FDL camp of sorts) getting into high derp over newly sworn in CIA chief John Brennan. These memes are dedicated to them. The presidential memes are based on facts. Theodore Roosevelt was sworn in without a bible. He was a devout man. John Quincy Adams on the other hand was sworn in using a law book. WND would probably assume that John Quincy Adams was a Muslim as the right wing crackpots are saying on Twitter.
It should be noted that in many case, during the early years of American history the status of the use of a bible for the swearing in of the president remains unknown:
March 4, 1857 Eighteenth Inaugural Ceremonies James Buchanan Unknown
March 4, 1853 Seventeenth Inaugural Ceremonies Franklin Pierce Unknown
July 10, 1850 Swearing-In of Vice President Millard Fillmore after the death of President Zachary Taylor Millard Fillmore Unknown
March 5, 1849 Sixteenth Inaugural Ceremonies Zachary Taylor Unknown
March 4, 1845 Fifteenth Inaugural Ceremonies James K. Polk The origin of Polk’s Bible is unknown, although a letter in the front of the volume indicates that after the Inauguration, it was presented to Mrs. Polk by the Marshal of the District of Columbia. There is no indication that it was open during the oath-taking, and has no marked passages.
April 6, 1841 Swearing-In of Vice President John Tyler after the death of President William H. Harrison John Tyler Unknown
March 4, 1841 Fourteenth Inaugural Ceremonies William H. Harrison Unknown
March 4, 1837 Thirteenth Inaugural Ceremonies Martin Van Buren Unknown
March 4, 1833 Twelfth Inaugural Ceremonies Andrew Jackson Unknown
March 4, 1829 Eleventh Inaugural Ceremonies Andrew Jackson Unknown
March 4, 1825 Tenth Inaugural Ceremonies John Quincy Adams According to his own version of his Inauguration, Adams took the oath upon a volume of law.
March 4, 1821 Ninth Inaugural Ceremonies James Monroe Unknown
March 4, 1817 Eighth Inaugural Ceremonies James Monroe Unknown
March 4, 1813 Seventh Inaugural Ceremonies James Madison Unknown
March 4, 1809 Sixth Inaugural Ceremonies James Madison Unknown
March 4, 1805 Fifth Inaugural Ceremonies Thomas Jefferson Unknown
March 4, 1801 Fourth Inaugural Ceremonies Thomas Jefferson Unknown
March 4, 1797 Third Inaugural Ceremonies John Adams Unknown
March 4, 1793 Second Inaugural Ceremonies George Washington Unknown
April 30, 1789 First Inaugural Ceremonies George Washington The Holy Bible from St. John’s Masonic Lodge, No. 1, opened at random due to haste to Genisis 49:13
In summary, John Quincy Adams definitely didn’t use a bible nor the constitution but rather a law book. Some argue that Theodore Roosevelt was rushed in due to the assassination of President William McKinley in 1901. However, Godly people should have at least had a bible handy indicating that these heathens could quite possibly have been either Muslims or atheists.
Update: Reference for above presidential oaths.
Swearing-In Ceremony for President John Quincy Adams
Swearing-In Ceremony for President Theodore Roosevelt