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Some Answers: How an Historic FDR Bible Went Missing at de Blasio Inauguration

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Slade Sohmer

By Slade Sohmer on January 1, 2014

For about a three-hour window following NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s inauguration, the historic Bible used during the ceremony was missing. This had been a gift to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt for his first inauguration in March 1933, so naturally officials were losing their shit.

At least 50 NYPD detectives and NYC officials tried frantically to find the missing Bible, according to the New York Post. The Post, which seemingly spoke only to the NYPD after the Bible mysteriously reappeared at about 5 pm, curiously doesn’t mention where it had been or who found it.

For that, we turn to comedian and podcaster Alex Edelman, who happened to be on the scene and filled in *some* gaps for us.

We reached out to Edelman, who did not get a photo of the couple, only the scrum after the inauguration ended. Unfortunately Edelman did not ask the couple for their names, but it’s pretty clear that the Schumachers from Dirty Dancing are up to their old tricks again.


Many questions remain. But at least we have some more answers.

For more, check out WNYC’s handling of the story.

[banner photo via AP/Frank Franklin II]
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