The Curious Case of the Missing Inauguration Bible

Thursday, January 02, 2014 - 09:36 AM

During his swearing in ceremony Wednesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio took the oath of office on a bible owned by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, on loan from the FDR library in Hyde Park, NY. After the ceremony, reports are that the bible... went missing. De Blasio aides couldn't find it, and according to the New York Post dozens of police officers chipped in to help search from 2:30pm to 5pm.

We here at the Brian Lehrer Show think we have a little more information about what happened to the bible - before it was returned safely to the de Blasio camp. Local writer and comedian Alex Edelman, who was at the ceremony and wandered onto the stage after de Blasio's speech ("I thought that's where the food was"), tweeted some of the details.

On Monday's show, he told Brian Lehrer that he saw "an old man and a woman" holding de Blasio's gloves and bible. They told Edelman that they'd taken them from the podium and were waiting in line to return the inauguration ephemera to the new mayor -- similar to someone who catches a home run ball at a baseball game, and wants to return it to the player in person.


Edelman says he mentioned it to staffers on stage, and that when he got out of the photo line he "noticed there was a large crowd of people" around the couple, including "a very tall, relieved, blond woman," presumably a de Blasio staffer. As for reports that the NYPD is denying the bible even went missing in the first place, Alex Edelman says "it was definitely lost."

Asked by Brian if he feels like 2014's first big hero, that if it weren't for him the bible would still be missing, Edelman responded: "No, I think they would have handed it in. They wanted their moment with de Blasio."

And that concludes the curious case of the missing inauguration bible.

Some of Alex's tweets about the incident are below.

(thanks to Slade Sohmer for connecting Alex and BL Show producer Jody Avirgan)

(11am: Article updated with details from Alex Edelman's call)


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Comments [6]

Gio from Gowanus

Now I know I'm old because they don't look old to me.

Jan. 03 2014 03:44 PM
Bob from Pelham, NY

Great story, but third paragraph says Mr. Edelman told it on Monday's show - even though ceremony did not happen until Wednesday! Seems the lead should be Mr. Edelmen's future-telling abilities.

Jan. 03 2014 11:15 AM
susan bonhomme

A question: which bible is used for the swearing in? The Christian bible or the Hebrew bible? Or does it depend on the person who is being sworn in?

Jan. 03 2014 09:48 AM
Charlotte Green from New York

I think that Mayor Bloomberg was one of the best mayors since LaGuadia. I would have been happy if he could have mayor for life.

Jan. 03 2014 09:22 AM
guy catelli from America

a very inauspicious augury of the Lindsay-esque disorder to come.

Jan. 02 2014 01:29 PM
Robert from Manhattan

Partisans of the right (or maybe the dissed Mr. Bloomberg) might call this the first sign of incompetence by the new administration.

Jan. 02 2014 01:08 PM

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