WASHINGTON D.C.--U.S. President elect Barrack Obama says he will be sworn into the office of president using an old family Koran passed down from a distant relative whom he never actually met.
The ceremony will take place in January 2009, and though it may seem strange and even controversial to the general public that a self-proclaimed Christian would take his oath of office using a Koran, sources close to Obama say the book has deep symbolic meaning for the president elect.
"Senator Obama ran for office on a platform of change," said an unidentified Obama aide. "He plans on keeping that policy from the very start - beginning with the tired old bible that every other president has used to be sworn in. He is not so much worried about the content of the book as he is about the fact that he is "changing" the book being used. Truth is, I don't think he ever actually read the Koran, but that is another issue altogether."
Critics are already saying that the decision to use a Koran will upset a lot of people and lend fuel to the oft mentioned contention that Obama is a closet muslim, but his supporters look at it as one more sign that the young senator is being true to his word that "change" is the most important thing.
"I don't care if he takes the oath on a Julia Childe cookbook or an Ayn Rand mega-novel," said Anthony Acorn, "He's planning to change things... and that's what really counts. I'll bet John McCain never would have thought of taking the oath on a Koran. That's why he lost."