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Apr 18, 2018

Today, Donald Trump will recite the oath of office, likely ending with the traditional declaration, “So help me God.” Some question whether George Washington actually said “So help me God,” starting a tradition maintained by most of our presidents. But, we do know Washington’s other words.  Learn more at FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.


Every four years, Americans experience a national transition as a new executive is inaugurated.  Today, Donald Trump will recite the oath of office, likely ending with the traditional declaration, “So help me God.”

Some question whether George Washington actually said “So help me God,” starting a tradition maintained by most of our presidents. But, we do know Washington’s other words. 

Moments after taking the oath, Washington retreated inside Federal Hall and offered his inaugural address.  As he remarked, “it would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official Act, my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the Universe, who presides in the Councils of Nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that his benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the People of the United States . . .”

He continued, expressing his “homage to the Great Author of every public and private good” by reminding his audience that, “No People can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand, which conducts the Affairs of men more than the People of the United States.”

These are the words the same man who would remind our nation at the end of his presidency that both “religion and morality are indispensible supports” of political happiness.

So, today, our nation joins President Trumpas he implores God’s help while in office.

To learn how First Liberty is protecting religious liberty for all Americans, visit FirstLiberty.org.

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