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#inauguration2021: Joe Biden Takes Oath of Office With Century-Old Family Bible

#inauguration2021: Joe Biden Takes Oath of Office With Century-Old Family Bible

He’s used the same Bible as far back as 1973. It was also used by his son Beau.

When President Biden took the oath of office on Wednesday, he placed his hand on a familial artifact that has followed him throughout his 50-year political career: a hefty Bible, accented with a Celtic cross, that has been in his family since 1893.

The Bible has been a staple at Mr. Biden’s past swearing-in ceremonies as a U.S. senator and as vice president. His son Beau Biden also used it when he was sworn in as the Delaware attorney general.

Mr. Biden, who will make history as the country’s second Catholic president, after John F. Kennedy, often invoked his faith during the 2020 presidential campaign as he courted voters with a promise to restore the “soul of America.”

In an interview last month with Stephen Colbert, Mr. Biden shared some history about the family heirloom. “Every important date is in there,” Mr. Biden said. “For example, every time I’ve been sworn in for anything, the date is inscribed.”

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