Obama Ends Inaugural Oath With "So Help Me God"
Follows in footsteps of former POTUS
At his request, President Barack Obama ended his inaugural oath with the phrase "So help me God." Though the words are not legally or constitutionally required, Obama said them after reciting the exact language laid out by the Constitution: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." Historians claim George Washington established precedent by adding the phrase on his own during his first Inaugural acceptance, and that Abraham Lincoln followed suit. Four years ago, a California atheist, Michael Newdow, went to federal court to prevent Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts from prompting the president-elect to repeat the phrase, claiming it violated the constitutional ban on government "endorsement" of religion." But the court ultimately rejected the lawsuit two years ago. (CNN)