As Barack H. Obama laid his hand on the bible to take the oath of office, he had a kata (silk scarf) blessed by his holiness the Dalai Lama in his coat pocket.
Take a look at this closeup of Obama's right hand pocket.
Robert Blum, husband of California Senator Diane Feinstein and a Buddist, saw Obama shortly before the inauguration. Blum had a white silk Kata which the Dalai Lama had given to him which he was to present to the President-elect. According to a news release by Canada Tibet Committee, Blum relates what happened:
"I offered it to President Obama before the ceremony. I said that I could get it delivered to him later. He said, no, that he was going to take it and have it with him; in fact, it was in his pocket when he was sworn-in."
Obama inspired us by speeches of inclusion rather than division--acceptance rather than stingy tolerance. This quiet and private gesture reveals the depth of his committment to these values. Further, this man who has stepped up to serve us in these most perilous of times, knows he needs the blessings and prayers of all our gods.
Canada Tibet Committee
Photo credit: The Boston Globe
" Barack H. Obama is sworn in as the 44th president of the United States as his wife Michelle Obama holds the Bible and their daughters Malia Obama and Sasha Obama look on, on the West Front of the Capitol January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Chuck Kennedy-Pool/Getty Images) #"