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. The Lady

    Welcome aboard Mr. and Mrs. Biden.

    November 13, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  2. Independent white female patriotic voter

    I wish the Cheneys well! well over, well traveled far far away from Washington, well packed and well on their way. Can't wait till this administration is over!

    Good luck and best wishes to the Bidens.

    November 13, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |

    Dick Cheney is the product of Washington politics at its worst. To say that politics are corrupt is defined by these people. Bush even said he was surprised how bad the game was really carried on in DC. Biden isnt as crafty a politician as Cheney but at least he isnt in the oil business. Guess its better fir Biden to wound with the lip than with a 12 gauge. Oh well pick your poison. Trading one career politician for another. Just what we need more politicians with pie in the sky starry eyed groupies!

    November 13, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  4. Bill

    Politics is a funny bird.

    After all the name calling, Biden smiles and shakes Cheney;s hand like nothing every happen. Cheney smiles and greets Biden like nothing every happen.

    Further obersvation on most comments-All the comment that I have read are mostly negative and not very respectful to either person. It a sad commnetay on our society when people lack manners and social grace.

    It seems that there are a lot of angry people. It would be great to have those people channel all that energy into something creative.

    November 13, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  5. Minnesotan

    I hope that Joe & Jill remember to get deloused, as well as an exorcism after leaving the Cheney household. I don't think that even HP Lovecraft was capable of describing the horrors of that dwell in that abode.

    November 13, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  6. forrest kimbrough

    time to put "w" to bed and read him a book

    November 13, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  7. Sam Benegal

    Senator Biden should exterminate the Whole House for Cheney's Bed Bugs before move in....

    November 13, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  8. Bob Reynolds

    Spending 50 minutes is a pretty short visit the future VP Estate. No love lost there with Biden's recent attacks on Cheney. If Obama is smart, he'll tell Joe to have a chat with Hateful Harry and Broomstick riding Nancy to tone dow the retoric, and stop asking for Bush and Cheney to be publicly flogged and hung from the gallows of the DNC. Already Reid and Pelosi are calling for a special prosicutor to investigate the Bush Administration. Then good ole Democrat Congressional Chair of the Banking and Finance Committee, Charlie Rengold is announcing that he is going to decrease defense spending, while Obama is calling to raise taxes, and send more troops to Afganistan to step up the heat on Bin Ladin and his Talaban terrorists. Then, Democrat and chair of the DBF Committee in the Senate, Chuck Schumer is asked by Fox News what he meant by saying he wanted to change laws restricting Unions from polling employees openly. Schumer boldly came out with his whiney voice ,"Union membership is down from 25% to 3%, and that makes Employers to strong. Schumer went on to say that he wants the law changed to eliminate the polocy of allowing for both managment and union representitives get thier equal time to present each of thier positions, and employees woud vote with a secret ballot. Schumer wants employees to vote openly in front of the union and its members. How disgusting these Left wing nut job representitives are. All Schumer is trying to do is join his leader Obama in thier partisan pay-backs to the Unions for helping get Obama elected.

    November 13, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  9. jack

    I will volunteer to help pack up the Cheney's belongs if they will leave D.C. before Thanksgiving. Then we would truly have something to be thankful for over the holidays.

    November 13, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  10. vjohn-north carolina

    as long as he does not invite them hunting!

    November 13, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  11. Greg Hodges

    My mother always taught me that if you have nothing good to say about someone; then say nothing at all. So Dick Cheney; I would just like to say ......... before you leave the stage; and Not ONE MINUTE too soon. As for Joe Biden; I wish him well; and congratulations on becoming the first Catholic V.P. in U.S. history. I am sure that Jack Kennedy is smiling somewhere. Thank God the world will not have to worry about a Darth Vader like character approving torture (and GOD knows what) behind the scenes for the next 4 years.

    November 13, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  12. Tim E

    Did Dick show Joe his gun collection? Is there any chance Joe said "mine is bigger than yours?" Or maybe it was "you feel lucky?" How can a man walk into the home of the most dangerous whatever in the world? How can a man put his wife into the home of the most dangerous whatever in the world? Who does he think he is, Robert Redford?

    November 13, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  13. maurice

    anyone have a rattle snake? never mind i see there`s plenty of vipers to go around. do you people ever quit hating? do you ever stop and think about positive energy. you should your negativity had me start this post with"anyone have a rattle snake?" the election is over obama won. only through being positive will things get done. negativity will slow down and sludge up progress. and worse has been done in the name of freedom than cheney and bush. just so you folks can have the life you have. and on that note ....thanks to all of our service women and men.

    November 13, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    To "feels sorry for liberals":

    I think you a a little confused. Personally, I'm feeling like the victor now, not the victim.


    November 13, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  15. Sue

    These people (and I use the term loosely) cannot get out of Washington and away from governing OUR country fast enough for me. Cheney has been one of the most destructive VP's in history-–but he sure made his oil cronies and Halliburton buds so much richer at our expense. Still don't understand why republicans are not outraged at their pockets being robbed to grease the palms of Dick Cheney's cronies pockets.

    November 13, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  16. Morgan

    Dear "Feels sorry for liberals:"

    I think you a little confused.

    I'm a liberal and personally, I feel like the 'victor', not the 'victim.'


    November 13, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  17. o.O huh?

    Soooo ole Dick came out of the bunker huh? Don't let the door hit you in the...on the way out Cheney!! BYE!!

    November 13, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  18. Get with it!

    Now I'm just completely entertained by the immature comments made by most of you liberal bloggers. Do something get a job.

    November 13, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  19. Rob

    What? CNN (and essentially the entire mainstream media) acknowledge that Joe Biden exists?

    For the last week I thought the Obama-Palin ticket won!

    November 13, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  20. Randy

    Back the train up! I just found a million absentee ballots in the trunk of my car that didn't get counted, and every one of them are votes for McCain and Palin.

    November 13, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  21. Peter (CA)

    Gee "feels sorry"-

    And all of this time I have felt sorry for you guys! So delusional to believe that the Republicans care about you. Well, they might if you're a CEO.

    So delusional to believe they share your "values". Well, they might if your values include a belief in imperialism and a lack of regard of human life, as long as there is a means to the end.

    So delusional to think that they believe in the future you do. Well, they might if you are willing to live in a future with a destroyed environment, poverty and famine for those who just were not "born lucky" enough, a bankrupt health care system and economy. A country divided by paranoia.

    Yeah, I think I feel sorry for you.

    November 13, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  22. Socratessa

    Well, CNN, to be absolutely fair, it should read: "The Vice President-elect and Dr. Jill Biden met with Vice President Cheney and Dr. Lynne Cheney ... " instead of " The Vice President-elect and Dr. Jill Biden met with Vice President Cheney and his wife Lynne ...." as you have written.

    FYI – Lynne Cheney earned her Ph.D. with a specialization in 19th-Century British literature from the University of Wisconsin.

    BTW, I am not a republican.

    November 13, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  23. 1/20/09 The end of an error

    Get with it! November 13th, 2008 11:20 pm ET

    Now I'm just completely entertained by the immature comments made by most of you liberal bloggers. Do something else….like get a job.

    I still have one, despite the best efforts of the morons you support. What is your excuse?

    November 13, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  24. Susan, NC via LA

    That smile just looks so unnatural on Cheyney's face.

    November 13, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  25. G formerly from the ATL .... Make that RTP now

    I wonder if Cheney showed him where he stores the souls he's collected over the centuries

    November 13, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
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