Biden plans to use huge 1893 family Bible to take the oath


  • President-elect Joe Biden plans to use a family heirloom Bible for his inauguration on January 20.
  • The Bible has been in the family since 1893 and comes from his father’s side, Biden told Stephen Colbert in an interview Thursday.
  • Biden used it for his swearing-in ceremonies as a United States Senator as Vice President. His late son, Beau, also used it for his swearing-in as the Delaware attorney general.
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When President-elect Joe Biden takes the oath on January 20, he will be sworn in using an enormous Bible that has been in his family since his heyday.

In an interview with Stephen Colbert on Thursday, Colbert asked if future first lady Jill Biden had “worked” because of the heavy work she will have to do at the inauguration to present the Bible to her husband.

President-elect Biden explained that the Bible has been in the family since 1893 and comes from his father’s side.

He used it for his seven swearing-in ceremonies as a US Senator and twice for the oaths he took as Vice President of President Barack Obama.

It was also used by his late son, Beau, when he was sworn in as the Attorney General of Delaware.

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A close-up view of the Biden family’s Bible.

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In fact, his last swearing-in ceremony as a senator in 2009 must have been delayed because he couldn’t find the Bible immediately, according to the Chicago Tribune.

In 2013, Obama’s inaugural committee said Biden’s family Bible was five inches thick and had a Celtic cross on its cover, according to USA Today.

During this second swearing in, Biden’s bible size became a focal point on Twitter.

“In the Biden family’s Bible are all of his Amtrak tickets,” Twitter user Bright Gil joked at the time, referring to Biden’s well-known love for train travel.

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We see Biden being sworn in for his first term as a United States Senator in 1973, using the same Bible.

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“The Biden family Bible appears to have been built by monks in the Middle Ages,” another Twitter user said. Iggy Rodriguez, wrote.

Many of Biden’s ancestors were Irish immigrants who sought a better life in the United States during the Potato Famine.

Biden told in 2016 that his last name came from an English line of his family.

He is to become the country’s second Catholic president, after President John F. Kennedy.


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