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FDR Bible Goes 'Missing' at de Blasio's Swearing-In

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Thursday, 02 Jan 2014 09:48 AM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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Shortly after New York Mayor Bill de Blasio laid his hand on the historic bible given to Franklin Delano Roosevelt at his first presidential inauguration in 1933 and was sworn into office Wednesday, the bible went missing, setting off a frantic, hours-long search.

"They had the whole detail looking through blankets," a New York Police Department source told the New York Post. The search involved around 50 NYPD detectives, along with city workers and officials.

At around 2:30 p.m., shortly after former President Bill Clinton administered the oath to de Blasio, the bible was missing, sparking the hunt that also involved "looking in garbage cans outside, in all the bags," one searcher told The Post.

The bible was found shortly before 5 p.m., when one of the detectives held it up in the rotunda, to the crowd's applause.

A city source, though, told the New York Daily News the bible was never actually missing, but was in someone's possession the whole time. It had been taken into City Hall for safe keeping after the inaugural ceremony outside had concluded.

A misunderstanding apparently led some city workers to believe the historic bible — on loan from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library in upstate New York — had been lost, or possibly stolen.

The bible, one of several held at the FDR library in Hyde Park, is part of a collection. According to Library Director Lyn Bassanese, FDR signed the bible, which has the words, "The White House," embossed on the front.

"Since FDR signed it and dated it for his very first inauguration, we thought that was particularly symbolic for the mayor-elect," Bassanese said.

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