When elected officials take their oath of office, most of them swear on a religious text, whether it be the Bible, Torah, or Qur’an. However, a councilman in California gave a nod to Marvel superhero Captain America by donning his shield during his swearing-in ceremony.
Lan Diep, the 32-year-old Republican councilman for the San Jose City Council, said there was “no metaphor” when he donned the shield during the ceremony.
“I believe government can be fun and I’m not above creating a bit of spectacle if it helps people pay more attention to local government,” Diep told The Huffington Post. “I’m willing to entertain them if they sit through all the policy discussions.”
He continued to say that the shield “represents America’s ideals and I do hope to aspire to those ideals of fair play, equal justice, and democracy during my term.”
“But really, I just had this awesome shield and I wanted a chance to show it off.”