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No Bible for Brennan Swearing In

1:28 PM, Mar 8, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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John Brennan was sworn in today at the White House. He was confirmed as the new CIA director yesterday.

"Brennan was sworn in with his hand on an original draft of the Constitution, dating from 1787, which has George Washington's personal handwriting and annotations on it," according to the White House.  He does not appear to have placed his hand on a Bible, a Torah, a Koran, or other sacred religious text as he said the oath.

Vice President Joe Biden performed the swearing in ceremony in the White House's Roosevelt Room. Brennan was joined by members of his family. 

Here's the White House photo:

UPDATE: notices that this Constitution lacks a Bill of Rights: "That means, when Brennan vowed to protect and defend the Constitution, he was swearing on one that did not include the First, Fourth, Fifth, or Sixth Amendments — or any of the other Amendments now included in our Constitution. The Bill of Rights did not become part of our Constitution until 1791, 4 years after the Constitution that Brennan took his oath on."

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