What happened to “so help me God”?
Barack Obama’s transition site, change.gov gives a breakdown of Obama’s inauguration. According to the website, Obama will deliver the following oath of office:
“I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of the President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
That is, in fact, the actual oath found in the actual constitution. But every President has added “so help me God” to the end.
Will Obama? I mean, the website says, “President-elect Barack Obama will take the oath of office, which states . . .” and then gives the text. Why not note “so help me God.” It is, though not in the constitution, as much a part of the oath as “I do solemnly swear” given the history of the words.
Will Barack Obama conclude his oath with “so help me God”?