Obama and Lincoln: From Food Themes to the Bible - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

The historic inauguration of President Barack Obama comes at another prime historic occasion, the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial. This year marks the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth, who, like Obama, was an Illinois lawmaker before he rose to the highest political post in the U.S. Many have made references to other similarities between the newly elected President and the man who was once called the Great Emancipator, with both having set major precedents for African Americans. In line with that legacy, Obama will be including quite a few elements of Lincoln’s own inauguration with his.

Sworn in on Lincoln’s Bible


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When Barack Obama took office this morning, he placed his hand upon the Bible that was used at Lincoln’s swearing-in ceremony in 1861. America’s 16th president, Lincoln served from 1861 until his assassination in 1865.

Obama became the first president to be sworn in using this Bible since Abraham Lincoln.

The Lincoln Inaugural Bible can be viewed at the Library of Congress from February 12 to May 9 as part of an exhibition called “With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition.”

The exhibit opens to the public on the second floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building at 10 First Street S.E., in Washington D.C.

Inaugural Luncheon


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The three-course luncheon meal includes a seafood stew with lobster, shrimp, sea scallops, and cod, duck with cherry chutney, herb-roasted pheasant with wild rice stuffing, whipped sweet potatoes, winter veggies, and cinnamon apple sponge cake, reportedly a favorite of the Mary Todd Lincoln’s dinner parties.

The first course will be served on replicas of the china selected by Mary Todd Lincoln during at the beginning of her husband’s term in office. The china features the American bald eagle standing above the U. S. Coat of Arms, surrounded by a wide border of a purple-red hue popular among the fashionable hosts of the time.

In celebrating the inauguration, you can create the meal yourself by following recipes released by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.

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