Ambassador sworn in on an e-reader, first ever for US government

Suzi LeVine, the new American ambassador to Sweden and Liechtenstein, was sworn in through an oath on an e-reader, becoming the first United States ambassador to do so. The ceremony, which has seen thousands of figures sworn into the government, has clearly been adapted to introduce a more contemporary element during the proceedings. 

Mrs Levine has quite the CV, taking up a NASA internship, creating two non-profit organizations, as well as working at Microsoft as an executive. Levine is also an avid Twitter user and we would like to think the use of an e-reader is fitting to her character. It may be worth noting that the device's page was opened to the 19th Amendment, the act allowing women to vote. 

Unfortunately the e-reader wasn't a shiny Kindle Fire HD, nor a Kobo. This modern twist on an age-old ceremony is, perhaps, a sign of the times, especially if the U.S government is willing to integrate tech into such an event. Despite this, it is notable that around 10% of their machines still use Windows XP, despite Microsoft having officially ended support for the ageing OS.

Check out Suzi Levine's Twitter here.

Source: U.S Embassy London via Mashable | Images via techdigest.tv

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What on Earth has the Windows XP line got to do with the story? It's completely irrelevant. That'd be like someone reporting on a plane crash and then trying to shoehorn the price of tea in China into it at the end because the passengers were Chinese and the flight originated from China.

In addition, what eReader was she sworn in on? You tell us what the eReader isn't, but not what it is. If you don't know, then perhaps mention that. Regurgitating by press release or copy and paste is particularly lazy indeed.

As Georgie would have put it - does god really give a (damn)? Swearing on an upside-down, backwards, Chinese (that's for sure) e-reader with half the content missing?

"At what point does all this stuff just break down and become just a lot of stupid (stuff) somebody made up?"

Buttus said,
What would have happened if she hit a button or the screen and switched books right in the middle?

You mean if she swore on Harry Potter instead of Holy Bible? Probably nothing, it's just a silly ritual.

This just seems extra silly though, isn't the book itself supposed to be considered holy? Does an eReader still count even if it has a copy of the book on it? At least the book is traditional, this just seems weird. What next, swearing on a SD card?

kjordan2001 said,
According to the picture it was on Amendment 19 and not the Bible anyways.

Yeah, which I find odd... "I swear on the 19th Amendment to tell the truth and do my job well and blah blah blah... But if I break it its just on the 19th Amendment."

kjordan2001 said,
It's all symbolic anyways. There's as much repercussion as if you swore on the Bible (i.e. none).

But the meaning behind it is different. Why swear if the thing you are binding yourself to is powerless and meaningless (not that the 19th Amendment is either of those things, but it cant action on its own).

If you dont believe in a God then dont swear on anything electronic but maybe your name or something. But that event was just ridicules.

I don't see how this is better in this case. Don't get me wrong, I push tech in almost everything, believe me when I say I encourage technology everywhere, but this doesn't make any sense.

I agree. This is nonsensical imo. A book is physical. You can touch it. You know what it says and you have to physically do something to the book to affect it. That helps with the symbolism of it.

With an eReader they can wipe it out and whatnot. Its not permanent.

I dont know, this thing just seems really wrong for some reason.

S and L, where is her office going to be, north Germany?

EDIT: The article is wrong, it should be Switzerland and not Sweden.