November 13th, 2008
08:00 PM ET
10 years ago

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. Gaylon Barrow

    A set of Bookends of idiots.

    November 13, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  2. saynotomooselover2012

    That Devilish look on CHeney's face......i wonder what he is thinking

    November 13, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  3. Nia Hussein- Phoenix, AZ

    I like how Michelle and Jill wore powerful Red...heehee!!

    November 13, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  4. Al, California

    Look, this guy – on the left – he is not in prison yet! He must be smart to get away with everything...

    November 13, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  5. Nia Hussein- Phoenix, AZ

    P.S. I hope Uncle joe and Aunt Jill brought garlic and holy water with them

    November 13, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  6. Maureen Bruschi

    I am so happy to see Vice-President Elect Joe Biden and his wife roaming around his new home. Just think in only a few short months, we will be finished with the Bush-Cheney-Rove-Rumsfeld fiasco. I am in 7th heaven!!!!! How could we ever let it come to this????

    November 13, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  7. Tom

    The only man in America who makes Biden look about 40 years old...

    November 13, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  8. Jeanne H.

    After you move in , make sure to check all nooks and crannies in the home. You never know 🙂

    November 13, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  9. Griff

    Dick Chainy??? The Missing Link? Obama should wish, He has Such An Ally.. But then who would wan't to be Alliance to a Liar???
    Obama is a Liar!! You will have to live with for another 200yrs... You were Conned America...

    November 13, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  10. Allan B

    I thank Dick Cheney for providing his wisdom and experience to President Bush over the past 8 years. He has served America with honor and I wish him and Mrs. Cheney well.

    November 13, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  11. gregg

    wow.. what support,,, get real.. as always,, u got what you wanted ,,, i am hoping for the time,, that you get what you wished for,,,

    November 13, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  12. dEMOBRAT

    Let's go hunting Joe!

    November 13, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  13. Belinda (California)

    I could not be happier that Cheney will soon be able to hide forever. I truly believe Biden will serve the people much better as VP than we have had the last 8 yrs. What a wonderful, smart and supportive wife he has; in my opinion we haven't heard enough about Jill Biden. I pray that Michelle & Jill solidify an unbreakable bond together.

    November 13, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  14. Dexter Skagway

    Good riddance to the creepiest vice president this nation has ever had to endure.

    November 13, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  15. rm

    Cheney has a wife?

    November 13, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  16. Justin from New Haven, CT

    Wow that's gotta be a weird situation.

    November 13, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  17. Bob Smith

    Dick Cheney stinks

    November 13, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  18. Joanna

    Wow. The look on Cheney's face is truly frightening. Say it with me: EEeeeuuuuuwwwwww!!!

    November 13, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  19. An Independent Hillary

    What a cozy foursome. Hope Cheney don't have a shotgun!

    November 13, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  20. mikey

    hilarious.Bidens go wash your hand when you get home,coz the cheneys will like to infect you.

    November 13, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  21. Dora

    Does anyone else think he looks sinister in that photo? Haha... "looks"

    November 13, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  22. Bridg

    Let's hope Dark Vader put his guns away today.

    November 13, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  23. carl

    i'am sure the biden's won't be hiding out like the cheny's. have.

    be glad to see the cheny's gone maybe they can go an stay hid with BUSH.

    worst president an vice president we've ever had,

    November 13, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  24. fred

    come on guys. Your wives smile and you VP's look like you are doing a goofy picture.

    November 13, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  25. Texas Teacher

    Yes, I agree, it would be awkward.... but that is the way it goes with every VP elect and President elect. And I agree with Biden, Cheney was dangerous. I suspect he still is!

    Just as Bush, he wants as much money as he can get for himself and his cronnies. Call me a cynic, but I truly suspect they were in the process of working themselves into a dictatorship or something very close to that. McCain would have been the figure head like Bush... and Cheney would have been running things... along with daddy bush and the gang. It makes my hair stand on end when I say it. And, certainly, Palin would not have mattered one wit. She served her puspose as a mouth piece and, yes, an attack dog!!! If they did NOT know how unintelligent the woman was, I would be stunned to hear it!

    November 13, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
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