From our friend John Gizzi at Newsmax:
Barely a week before the inauguration of Donald Trump as President and Mike Pence as Vice President, the website of the Joint Inaugural Committee has just confirmed what conservatives nationwide had been hoping for since the election: Pence will be sworn in the nation’s second-highest office by Justice Clarence Thomas, a conservative hero on the Supreme Court.
The choice of Thomas, 68, is also historic as he becomes the first black American to administer the oath of office to either of the nation’s highest office-holders. In 1993, Vice President-elect Al Gore wanted retired Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first black justice to sit on the court, to administer his oath. But Thomas was too ill, so Gore turned to then-Justice Byron White.