Vice President Joe Biden continued a longstanding tradition Friday when he signed the inside of his desk drawer in his Eisenhower Building ceremonial office, saying, “This is the proof I was vice president.”
“You know, it’s some fast company here,” Biden said as he looked over signatures of past vice presidents. “From Harry Truman and George Bush Sr. and Dwight D. Eisenhower.”
“This is a great honor to be in this position,” he said. “It has been the great honor of our lives the last eight years to be able to serve in this capacity.”
Biden then signed and dated the desk alongside former vice president Al Gore’s signature.
The desk is one of only four to have been used in the Oval Office, Biden’s office said. According to Biden’s office, the desk dates back to Theodore Roosevelt’s presidency and has been used by several other presidents and vice presidents.
Its drawer was signed by President Harry Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower, then-Vice President George H.W. Bush, and Vice Presidents Dick Cheney, Al Gore, Dan Quayle, Walter Mondale and Nelson Rockefeller.
Biden's signature in VP's desk drawer next to predecessors Al Gore and Harry Truman. pic.twitter.com/aJVihZ6ANA
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