November 6th, 2008
06:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Biden flies home for 'coolest event in entire USA'

Vice President-elect Joe Biden rides in a horse drawn carriage during Delaware’s Return Day.
Vice President-elect Joe Biden rides in a horse drawn carriage during Delaware’s Return Day.

GEORGETOWN, Delaware (CNN) – Wearing a long dark coat to keep the cold rain off of him, Vice President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill rode around the streets of this small town in their home state Thursday afternoon in a white horse-drawn carriage as part of the biennial 200 year-old Delaware tradition known as ‘Return Day.’

“Thank you!” Biden repeatedly called out to the cheering crowds as he drove past, ducking in and out of the carriage to wave to voters who on Tuesday elected the Delaware senator to his seventh term in the U.S. Senate. (Deleware's governor will soon name a replacement Biden.)

“No matter what office I hold, I’m still Delaware,” Biden later said to loud cheers from the shivering masses in front of Georgetown’s courthouse. “There was Joe the plumber, well, I’m Joe from Delaware. And folks, it’s been an honor, it’s been a great honor representing you as a United States Senator since the first time I stood on this platform…”

“The bad news for you is Jill and I are not leaving Delaware,” he continued. “I may be the Vice President-elect but we’re going to be home every weekend so you know where we live.

“I’m still at this moment – and continue to be – Senator Joe Biden, the proudest title I’ve ever had, representing the state of Delaware,” he added. “I love you, thank you very, very, very, very much.”

Biden stood for two hours at the front of a review stand watching floats, marching bands and cars carrying past and current elected officials go by, chatting all the while with his wife and longtime friend Rep. Mike Castle.

“This is the coolest event in the entire United States of America,” Biden told a small group of reporters on the flight to Delaware Thursday morning, proceeding to spend the bulk of a 40-minute chat at the back of the plane recounting the history of the day and discussing state politics.

Return Day culminates with Republican and Democratic Party representatives jointly burying a tomahawk from the Nanticoke Indian tribe in a glass aquarium full of sand from Delaware’s Lewis Beach. The bi-partisan tradition is meant to symbolize the end of hard-fought campaigns.

The candidates from the state's races are also meant ride in the carriages together in a show of unity, the victor facing forward, the loser backwards. However, Biden’s Republican opponent, Christine O’Donnell, appeared to not have gotten the memo, leaving Biden alone in his carriage with Mrs. Biden,

Asked where O'Donnell was, Biden pointed to the carriage seat in front of him and told CNN, "I don't know, she was supposed to be here." Biden staffers said they did see her at the event but it is unclear why she didn’t join the Delaware senator in his carriage.

The future vice president's schedule forced him to leave before the actual burying of the hatchet, he is now back in Chicago and will hold a press conference with President-elect Obama on Friday, their first since winning the election.


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soundoff (134 Responses)
  1. Robert

    I wonder if people who are losing their jobs in his small town in Delaware are happy he is now the VP-elect. Today was Day 2 of the stock markets response to the election, a downward spiral. Obama better start doing something quick, or he'll be inheriting a horrible economy. But that is ok, the Democrats will blame President Bush for that, when clearly Wall Street and Main Street are reacting to the election...

    Will Obama be the savior of us all? And redistribute our weatlh? Will he give me and us a unified healthcare bill? Will he get me a job if my company decides to lay off 10 – 20%. I am scared...and so should we all be.

    November 6, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  2. Jen, CA

    Clearly the American "lynch" mentality is alive and well in the U.S. - and its name is "Psychopathic Bloggers for Obama." Not all that far removed from the old KKK - is it? Is this REALLY what you heard your new leader say, Democrats ???????????????
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    November 6, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  3. Angel L Matos

    It's great to see Joe the Vice Prez enjoy his "Return" as the nation begins it's own return to the values and principles that have made it the global standard of freedom and democracy. "For the first time in my life, I'm REALLY proud to be an American."

    November 6, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  4. Steve in PA

    So much better than Cheney.

    November 6, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  5. Mook

    Finally! Someone who truly deserves the office he gets. Mark my words, he will be the best vice president ever

    November 6, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  6. Eric [Houston]

    Go for it Joe, you deserve it!!!

    November 6, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  7. Carl from MI

    JOE COOL IS OUR NEW VP!!!

    I WONDER IF CHENEY WILL LEAVE HIM HIS MAN-SIZED SAFE IN THE VP OFFICE... NEVER KNOW WHEN YOU NEED TO USE ONE!!

    THANK YOU AMERICA FOR VOTING SMART.... NOT SENILE!!!

    November 6, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  8. Uma in Liverpool, UK

    Neat tradition! :-)

    November 6, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  9. Griff

    I'm a Full Blooded Idiot of this Female..Who the hell is she? Where the hell did she come from/? All About Eve, A Movie!!!
    She must be Mrs Black!!! Women continue to destroy Women.... Why??? They the Born Losers,of a Suffragette... Maybe this Female on CNN today..... Was the leftover of EVE..... Miss Black?????

    November 6, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  10. Proud Military Wife

    “The bad news for you is Jill and I are not leaving Delaware,” he continued. “I may be the Vice President-elect but we’re going to be home every weekend so you know where we live.

    Way to go, Mr. VP-Elect...open mouth and insert foot...again. Go ahead and make the Secret Service's job even harder by telling everyone, including terrorists, your scheduled plans.

    November 6, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  11. J.C.

    "The candidates from the state's races are also meant ride in the carriages together in a show of unity, the victor facing forward, the loser backwards."

    This is a fantastic idea. Why don't we have this for the presidential race?
    To put the two together in one carriage would be good healing for unity.

    November 6, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  12. malclave

    Biden is a moron... absolutely incompetent on the Constitution and foreign policy, which are supposed to be his strong points.

    When is the media going to stop playing Monica to Obama and Biden's Bill, and start doing their jobs?

    November 6, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  13. caywen

    Joe is one of those really good people. It makes me happy to have good people running the country.

    November 6, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  14. JOE THE PLUMBER

    WE DIDN'T LOSE THE ELECTION.WE JUST DIDN'T HAVE A MAGIC PLUNGER BEHIND US(THEY HAD A FAILING ECONOMY )AND SO LIKE I JUST SAID WE DIDN'T LOSE WE WERE NUMBER ONE FROM BEHIND.

    November 6, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  15. mitch

    bobby:you are a sorry excuse for a human.

    November 6, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  16. SB in NoVa

    VA loves you Mr. VP and Mrs. VP!!!

    November 6, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  17. mitch

    griff: please go to your local mental health clinic. they will give you a brand new pair of paper shoes.

    November 6, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  18. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA

    @ GRIFF: PLEASE GET SOME THERAPY, YOU ARE SERIOUSLY MENTALLY ILL.

    @ AWARE.........are you AWARE OF WHAT THE MCCAIN CAMP HAS BEEN SAYING ABOUT PALIN: SHE DID NOT KNOW THAT AFRICA WAS A CONTINENT, SHE DID NOT KNOW THAT THE NORTH AMERICAN TRADE AGREEMENT INCLUDE MEXICO & CANADA!

    PLEASE MCCAIN PEOPLE, RELAX, TAKE A BREAK.......... SEEK SOME COUNSELING. YOUR COMMENTS ARE DISTURBING.

    November 6, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  19. Pennsylvania Teacher

    I love my fellow Pennsylvanian!

    Congrats! Vice President Biden

    November 6, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  20. Oh great.....get to hear the media kissing butt for four years

    The media ( News, Late Night Talk Shows) will be kissing Obama's butt for four years. They won't DARE pick on the new black president for fear of being called racist.

    David Letterman and Jay Leno won't be the same for four years.....everyone too afraid to tease a black president!!!!!!

    Such a double standard in this country. Political correctness will reach a level that will make people question EVERYTHING they say in contradiction to Obama!!!!! You can call me paranoid....but it will happen!!

    November 6, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  21. yankeegirl15

    Hey Griff, my Mom needs a man like you in NW. PA -you know, APPALACIA. You go to Warren, PA they will make you a community organizer with a nice attitude like that. Maybe you could speak at a Ham and Turkey Party.

    November 6, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  22. JT

    Joe Cool, you are the man next to the man.

    November 6, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  23. Enough!!!

    Biden is such a great Leader. I'm glad that the majority of Americans did the right thing by making him VP. Good luck to President-elect Obama as well, he's such an inspiration.

    November 6, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  24. Patty in the CA mountains

    I'll bet Joe knows that Africa is a continent

    November 6, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  25. Just another Foreigner

    Bobby, but if Mr. Obama had gone to his grandmother's funeral (we don't know when it will be, do we?), you would be complaining that he is already neglecting his presidential duties and being selfish by taking a day of "personal time". He couldn't win with you no matter what he did!

    November 6, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
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