Vice President Joe Biden was sworn in for a second term at 8:00 a.m. Sunday morning at a private ceremony at the Naval Observatory, the vice president's official residence. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, whom he personally selected, administered the oath.
Biden used a bible that has been in his family since 1893 and is five inches thick with a Celtic cross on the cover. The Biden family bible has been used each time he has been sworn in as a senator and as vice president in 2009.
In addition to his family, the approximate 120 other guests included Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, Attorney General Eric Holder, Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn, Democratic National Committee chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
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(Photo: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)