November 13th, 2008
08:00 PM ET
9 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. Mac

    Be sure to check the residence and office for bugging!

    November 13, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  2. Jaye

    Just don't go hunting with him! LOLOL

    November 13, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  3. JU

    Did they get a tour of the "undisclosed location"??

    November 13, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  4. Jeff from Jersey


    I hope that Biden doesn't agree to go hunting with him.It would be wise for Biden to have the residence checked for illegal wire-tapping,listening devices and booby traps before he moves in.

    November 13, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  5. PL

    I hope Cheney dosen't want to show off to Biden his new Gun. God help us all with that idiot.

    November 13, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  6. rich

    The Biden's would be best served by having the entire house and grounds fumigated from the evil that Cheney is bound to leave behind prior to moving in. Obama certainly would not want Joe to become contaminated.

    November 13, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  7. Gabriella, LA


    November 13, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  8. ccc

    Out with the old,

    In with the new!

    November 13, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  9. Rick

    Hopefully Biden will be just as secluded as Chaney has been but don't count on Joe shutting up or hiding anytime soon. Does the train stop at the Naval Observatory?

    November 13, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  10. CanIcallyouJoe

    Dick Cheney needs to be tried for war crimes, war profiteering, fraud, and high crimes against the American people and government.

    I feel physically disgusted every time I see his face.

    How does this man sleep at night?!?

    November 13, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  11. Christian

    THANK GOD!!!!

    November 13, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  12. DC-African in Colorado Springs, Colorado

    The meeting between these two men is nothing but the power of the people.

    November 13, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  13. TM in Colo

    Don't let the door hit you on the way out Cheney. Joe and Jill will serve the American people much better than you or your wife ever did............

    November 13, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  14. Watch the silverware

    Geeze..someone frisk Cheney when he leaves.He may have pockets full of silverware, trinkets and unused rolls of TP! Let's hope he drops out of sight faster than Palin.. !

    November 13, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  15. Randy, San Francisco

    Afer 8 long years of lies and deception, house cleaning is long over due. Biden will be a breath of fresh air....and he knows the office of the vice-presidency is a part of the Excecutive Branch.

    November 13, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  16. Simmy

    They look super; fresh; vibrant, and ready to move in! I hope that everything falls into place for them, so that VP Biden doesn't have to worry about his mother. Maybe she'll move in with them – there's plenty of room! Go Dems! Great crescendo to a fabulous election cycle!

    November 13, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  17. Meka

    Cheney moving to Dubai! Guess who else is there?

    November 13, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  18. Dan, FL

    I wish Dick Cheney well. I will miss him tremendously. The new administration has no clue about economy, security of our country. I hope they learn it now. It was quite easy to criticize when they were in the opposition now they have to put on the shoes. Watch the fun.

    November 13, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  19. Dan, FL

    I wish Dick Cheney well. I will miss him tremendously. The new administration has no clue about economy, security of our country. I hope they learn it now. It was quite easy to criticize when they were in the opposition now they have to put on the shoes. Watch the fun.

    November 13, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  20. Will, NJ

    Stop making Cheney smile, think of the children.

    November 13, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  21. Texas Teacher

    Am I the only person who looks through the pictures of Bush in the articles tonight and sees a caricature of every image I have ever seen of the Christian devil? Right down to the pointed ears? Geesssh... weird.

    Then look at the images of Obama.... almost angelic in comparison!

    *shivers running down my spine* Maybe Bush is right... we are in the Last Days! He didn't say he was the Good Guy... only that he talks to God! 🙂

    November 13, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  22. Texas Teacher

    ..... and Cheney as his running mate??? *big eyes.... whites showing all the way around* Now if that is not the very picture of a demon, I don't know what is! 🙂

    November 13, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  23. Jenn

    How tall is Dick Cheney? I always thought he was a decent size but he looks small in comparison to Biden. And Jill is a lot prettier and seems much more pleasant to be around then Lynne Cheney! Hope they came away unscathed and not traumatized. They need an exorcism to be performed on that house. Hope there is no dead bodies in the basement, I bet that place is haunted and at the night the walls scream and drip with blood. Creepy.

    November 13, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  24. Scott

    The GOP has been a boil on our behind for too long. Good riddence and don't let the door hit your arse on the way out. See you in the funny pages Palin...

    November 13, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  25. Feels sorry for liberals

    I feel so sorry for all you liberals. What is it like to go through life feeling like a victim and feeling helpless w/o someone to take care of you. And, you are so full of rage. Really sad!

    November 13, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
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