Suzi LeVine became the first U.S. ambassador to be sworn in on an electronic device on Monday when she took her oath using a digital copy of the U.S. Constitution stored on an Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) Kindle Touch.
LeVine was being sworn in to serve as the ambassador to Switzerland, and she commented about the proceedings online using her Twitter account.
— U.S. Embassy London (@USAinUK) June 2, 2014
And now the adventure truly begins. Excited to finally be here in stunning Switzerland!
— Suzi LeVine (@AmbSuzi) June 2, 2014
LeVine joined a growing list of public officials who used digital devices to take their oath of office. In January, Edward Mangano used an iPad version of the Bible to be sworn in for his second term as Nassau County Executive when a print version couldn’t be found. A group of New Jersey firefighters did the same in February.
Using a digital version of a book or document has its advantages. After John Brennan opted to be sworn in as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency using the original draft of the U.S. Constitution, some complained that the document didn’t contain the Bill of Rights. At least LeVine can be sure that her Kindle version of the Constitution received the update.