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the Mayans, and the 13th Baktun ended on Dec. 21, 2012. In addition, the Mayans knew
that once every 25,800 years, the Earth‘s axis wobbles slightly. That anniversary
occurred on December 21, 2012, the date when the sun lined up with the center of the
Milky Way. Some crazy people on the Internet claimed this was the Mayan equivalent of
Armageddon—the end of the World.‖
―Oh yeah,‖ said Zoey, ―I saw that movie with John Cusack called 2012, when like
the whole world blew up.‖
―Right. Same thing. Obviously, though, it was not the end of the world because we
are still all here. For the Mayans, though, December 21, 2012 was not doomsday. What it
really meant was that the great cycle of life is restarting, as if we are starting over into a
new age. In addition, according to Mayan scholars, the New Age is supposed begin at the
very moment of the winter solstice, which is precisely 11:11 a.m. Universal Time, or,
12:11 p.m. Paris time. So, if I had to guess, I would suggest that the best interpretation of
‗The Date of Great Transition,‘ is December 21, 2012.‖
Zach pulled out his iPhone and looked at the date. ―Dad, it says this vault is going to
be opened up thirty days after the date of the Great Transition. Thirty days from
December 21, 2012 is January 20, 2013.‖
―So?‖ said Zoey, obviously not understanding the significance.
―So? January 20, 2013 is today!‖
Morse looked at his son somberly and then looked at the priest. ―I know.‖
―And I.M., the Great Doubter,‖ said Father du Bois, ―can only mean one person,
―Father du Bois, my Dad‘s name begins with ‗J,‘ not ‗I,‘‖ said Zach.
The priest looked at Zach. ―In Latin, Zach, the letter J is spelled with an ‗I.‘ The
Great Doubter ‗I.M.‘ can only mean ‗Iohannus Morse.‘‖
January 20, 2013. 6:11 a.m. Washington, D.C.
According to the United States Constitution, the Electoral College meets to elect the
President of the Untied States on the Monday after the second Wednesday in December.
In 2012, that date was Monday, December 17, 2012. According to tradition, after the
ballots are completed, the signed Certificates of Vote are sent certified mail to the then-
sitting Vice President of the United States—in this case, Joseph Biden. A staff member
from the Vice President‘s office then places the Certificates of Vote in two special
mahogany boxes. The votes from Alabama to Missouri, plus Washington, D.C., are
contained in one box, and the votes from Montana to Wyoming in the other box. On
Wednesday, December 19, 2012, Vice President Joseph Biden received the Certificates
of Vote for the 2012 Presidential Election by certified mail. On Friday, December 21,
2012, Skip Thompson, a senior member on Joe Biden‘s staff, organized the Certificates
of Vote and, at 6:11 a.m., placed them in the mahogany boxes.
Thirty days later, at 6:11 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, President-Elect Tim Woodson
straightened his tie in the mirror, running over in his head what he would say during his
Inauguration Speech. He could not wait to be President.