Inauguration plans …VP pool report

Subject: VP Pool 1/20/13 #1 - Inauguration background/mass Greetings from the grounds of the Naval Observatory, where the pool is assembled awaiting the administration of the oath of office to Vice President Biden for a second term this morning. Per VP's office, the Biden family and guests are currently celebrating mass in the VP's residence. Pool expects to be entering the home after mass, and is currently holding in an auxiliary building nearby. There are 120 guests attending the ceremony, pool is told. Just a few moments ago your pooler greeted New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan as she arrived with her husband and daughter. Below is some background information provided by the VP's office. More to come. "Vice President Biden personally selected Associate Justice Sotomayor, who will be the first Hispanic and fourth female judge to administer an oath of office. "Three women have previously sworn-in presidents and vice presidents: Judge Sarah T. Hughes swore-in President Johnson in 1963; Justice Sandra Day O’Connor swore-in Vice President Dan Quayle in 1989; and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg swore-in Vice President Al Gore in 1997.   "'It's an incredible honor to have Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor swear me in,' Vice President Biden said. 'I believed strongly that she would make a great Justice, and it was one of the greatest pleasures of my career to be involved in her selection to the Court.  From the first time I met her, I was impressed by Justice Sotomayor’s commitment to justice and opportunity for all Americans, and she continues to exemplify those values today. Above all, I’m happy for the chance to be sworn in by a friend – and someone I know will continue to do great things.'” Bible: "On Sunday and Monday, Vice President Biden will be sworn in using the Biden Family Bible, which is five inches thick, has a Celtic cross on the cover and has been in the Biden family since 1893. He used it every time he was sworn in as a US Senator and when he was sworn in as Vice President in 2009. His son Beau used it when he was sworn in as Delaware’s attorney general." ---------------------------- Michael Memoli Tribune Washington Bureau