November 13th, 2008
08:00 PM ET
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Bidens, Cheneys meet in Washington

 The Cheneys and Bidens met Thursday.

The Cheneys and Bidens met Thursday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Vice President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill arrived at their future home at Washington's Naval Observatory Thursday afternoon and were greeted as they exited their black SUV by its current residents, Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife Lynne.

The couples shook hands as Mrs. Cheney arranged the photo-op on the front porch, telling Mrs. Biden, “Now Jill, I was told that you were to be in the middle.”

As the foursome headed inside for what was billed as a private meeting followed by a tour of the mansion, a reporter asked Biden if he had been there before.

“I’ve been on the ground floor a couple times,” Biden responded.

Afterwards, a spokeswoman for the vice president wrote in a statement that the meeting lasted 50 minutes and that "it was a good visit."

"Vice President Cheney and his wife Lynne were pleased to welcome Vice President-elect Biden and his wife Jill to the Naval Observatory this afternoon," said spokeswoman Megan Mitchell. "It was a good visit. The Cheneys enjoyed giving the Bidens a tour of the residence and wished them well as they make it their home in January."

A spokesperson for Biden also said the visit went well.

"The Vice President-elect and Dr. Jill Biden met with Vice President Cheney and his wife Lynne at the Naval Observatory this evening. The Bidens thank the Cheneys for welcoming them into their home and for their gracious hospitality," said spokesperson for the Vice President-elect Elizabeth Alexander.

Chances are most of Biden's visits to the residence did not come over the past eight years. The future vice president has been a regular and fervent critic of Cheney, calling him “the most dangerous vice president probably in American history” at the vice presidential debate in early October.

In that same debate, Biden accused Cheney of not understanding that constitution says the job of VP falls under the Executive Branch. In his speech at the Democratic convention, he also joked about Cheney’s understanding of the document.

“For every American who is trying to do the right thing, for all those people in government who are honoring the pledge to uphold the law and honor the Constitution,” Biden said. “No longer will you hear the eight most-dreaded words in the English language, ‘The vice president’s office is on the phone.’”

The Delaware senator also couldn’t resist poking fun at the vice president when campaigning at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Washington in mid-October.

“I want to thank you for making this stadium today change, temporarily changing the name from Cheney Stadium to Obama-Biden Stadium for the day,” said Biden. “Besides, if it was Cheney Stadium, we’d be at an undisclosed location. You’d never have been able to find us.”

Biden used Cheney’s November 1 speech in support of John McCain and Sarah Palin to further the Democratic ticket’s case that their Republican opponents would continue the current administration’s failed policies, saying, “It’s not surprising. Dick Cheney has been wrong on everything for the last eight years, he’s on a roll.”

Cheney took on a far more powerful role as vice president than his predecessors had. Biden has said that he hopes to be a ‘confidante’ to president-elect Barack Obama, in the room for the important decisions and offering his judgment.

As for his new home: Biden has said he will still regularly go home to Delaware, though his grandchildren who live nearby in Washington are excited about the move because the new house has a pool.

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soundoff (183 Responses)
  1. Sleepless in MI

    That's a great photo of Cheney. Looks like he's trying his hardest to crack a smile ... but just can't do it!

    November 13, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  2. GP

    I was going to snark on Cheney......

    November 13, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  3. Patrick, Fairfield, CA

    GET REAL, very funny comments!

    November 13, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  4. Diggins

    ..Looks like one big happy family..

    November 13, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  5. Dave, Central Illinois

    Poor Cheney, having to put up with a BS artist like Biden. I wonder if Joe will enthrall them with his keen knowledge of history like FDR doing his fireside chats over TV in 1929.

    November 13, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  6. bob

    Did he leave the keys?

    November 13, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  7. Tony

    Ooops, I meant Biden and his wife. It's been a long day!

    November 13, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  8. Tariq

    Joe......I am your father......join me and together we shall rule the universe

    November 13, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  9. Mr. Lugo

    Brian G, Sugar Land, TX – LOL I had a mouthful of food when I read your comment and just spat it out all over my keyboard......but so worth it.

    November 13, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  10. Howard Cox

    Do CNN reporters,anchor people have to sign papers swearing that they will not say or report anything positive about the Republican party or any of its members? I have noticed that everything political comes out in favor of the Democratic party or is often influnced in that direction by the comments of the CNN personell conducting the interview or program? I think CNN and all other news groups should report a fair and honest piece of news and not project their own opinion.

    November 13, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  11. popeye

    Get Real:

    Your post almost seems like a veiled threat to the Obama/Biden administration.

    You'd better be careful or someone may be "bumpin" your butt in prison!

    November 13, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  12. Linda

    When are these people going to get out of the White House.The longer they remain,the bigger the mess.
    I live in SC where our weconomy is a mess and the cuts are slicing in to the elation of a Democratic win.Sanford has taken his pen to hurt South Carolina and its people. The biggest thing is that the blinders are still on the people.I hope by the time Sanford is running again that the Dem.have a person who is bringing on the real needs of the people.

    November 13, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  13. Biff

    in a word..... eww.

    those poor Bidens....

    November 13, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  14. Will18E

    Hey Joe, if Dick invites to to go hunting, don't do it.

    November 13, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  15. KLEE

    Look 🙂 change is happening! don't worry – be happy!!

    November 13, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  16. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    That look on Cheney's face is downright sinister.
    Problem is, that is his normal look I think.
    Either that, or as an offshot, Cheney thinking "I got all the incriminating stuff taken care of. So I'm good."

    November 13, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  17. Griff

    To Lou Dobb's! Good, you can afford it AMERICA... Your first Comment me Dobbs... A few trillion Dollars is just about what you owe the rest of the World.. You Elected This Idiot Obama... The moment the rest of the World New Borack Obama was Taking over,,,,, Jan 2008.. You were in Trouble.. Now you have to li8ve with it... Don't expect the rest of the World to Bail you out!!

    November 13, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  18. Jon B

    I wonder what was actually said in there?? Whatever it was I am guessing it was pretty boring.

    November 13, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  19. Proud to be American

    Joe and Jill don't look into Cheney eyes..... he is EVIL and I imagine him to look like Satan himself .... don't eat, drink and wash immediately. Okay I take it all back as that was just mean but it felt good writting and I am not gong to change the post .... just comment that it is in poor taste.... Cheeney was the VP of the US and I have to respect that but I do not respect or care for him as a man as he was the worst thing that happen in my years of life to our Country.... Never shall we be suckered into this type of Administration again.... God Bless our President and VP Elect and America!

    November 13, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  20. jim

    Cheney = nasty inhuman creature !!!!!!

    November 13, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  21. Angie-OHIO

    VP Biden don't turn your back on crazy cheney. cheney just pack your bags and hit the road along with your puppet bush. you both have destroyed this country. so be gone!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 13, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  22. Winton from Alaska

    If deadly enemies on the American political scene can have "a good visit" why can't we meet with some of our real enemies and, in effect, agree to disagree but live amicably together in this world?
    But this is just a funny thing about politics in the USA, you totally destroy your opponent then heap praises on them after the election, whether you won or lost.

    November 13, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  23. The Stallion & The Champ vs. The Old Mule & Winky Half-baked Alaska

    What a relief to finally be rid of these self-serving, indignant and self-righteous finger-pointing hypocrites otherwise known as the Cheneys. [Especially Lynn (with an "e")-behind-the-scenes-do-as-I-say-not-as I-do-biggest-hypocrite-of-the-last-eight-years].

    November 13, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  24. Griff

    To Mr Dobb's again.. When you think you own the Market. Everybody else Changes Markets... The USA Needs the World... Or you Die.. No Coun6try is "Self Sufficient"... When "E Bay", sell Their Products to "E Bay"... Your going round in Circles..

    November 13, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  25. randy


    November 13, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
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