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Take a Look, It’s In a Nook: US Ambassador Sworn In Via Ereader

It was loaded with the Constitution.
Ambassador LeVine was sworn in on an (off-brand, sorry) ereader. (Photo via Twitter.com/USAinUK)

Ambassador LeVine was sworn in on an ereader. (Photo via Twitter.com/USAinUK)

This should put some anti-ereader elitists’ complaints about Kindles and Nooks to bed.

The new U.S. ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Suzi LeVine, was sworn into office on Friday. Instead of laying her left hand on the Bible, she opted for an ereader loaded up with the Constitution of the United States. It was an off-brand ereader, but an ereader nonetheless.

Ambassador LeVine had the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote, loaded on the tablet’s screen. This is an interesting choice because, as Tech Digest points out, Switzerland didn’t give women the right to vote until 1971. WTF, Switzerland?

The newly minted diplomat is no stranger to technology. Ambassador LeVine started her career with an internship at NASA, worked at Microsoft in the ’90s and again from 2009 to 2012, and put in a few years as a VP at Expedia, according to the State Department.

We welcome Ambassador LeVine’s innovative spirit and tech savvy. Swearings-in are boring as hell; at least someone’s trying to shake them up.

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