Here’s a line from the NY Times review of Toobin’s new book:
“Toobin is one of the most talented reporters covering American law. Where else but in “The Oath” would we learn that Franklin Pierce was the only American president ever to “affirm” rather than “swear” the required oath of office[?]”
Okay . . . um . . . I don’t know. Maybe Wikipedia? ”The first president to have been born in the 19th century, Pierce chose to “affirm” his oath of office rather than swear it, becoming the first president to do so; he placed his hand on a law book rather than on a Bible.”Or the Library of Congress’s web site for elementary school teachers?Or Bartleby’s?