January 6th, 2009
01:33 PM ET
9 years ago

Cheney swears in Biden

Cheney swore in Biden to the Senate Tuesday.

Cheney swore in Biden to the Senate Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The disputes over the Illinois and Minnesota Senate seats are stealing the spotlight, but there was other notable moments on Capitol Hill during today's swearing in of the 111th Congress.

The most interesting picture of the day was Dick Cheney swearing in the man that will soon replace him as vice president, Joe Biden. As sitting vice president, Cheney presides over the Senate - and Biden is not only vice president-elect, but the newly re-elected senior senator from Delaware. He'll give that position up come January 20, when he takes the vice presidential oath of office.

Two other senators who get sworn in today will most likely soon be stepping down as well. Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York has been nominated by President-elect Barack Obama to serve as his secretary of state. And Sen. Ken Salazar of Colorado has been nominated by Obama to serve as secretary of the interior. Both will resign their seats if confirmed to their new positions, as expected, by the Senate.


soundoff (255 Responses)
  1. Tim

    Cookie, Bozo, any of you clowns around?

    January 6, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  2. Roy

    That photo...they almost look like Hunting Buddies...UH OH!!
    Let's watch as Cheney talks out of both sides of his mouth!

    January 6, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  3. Phil from Ashburn

    Hope this is the last time we see Dick Cheney.

    January 6, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  4. LIP

    Perhaps Cheney will give Biden some lessons on how the Senate actually functions and what Bidens responsibilities will be. It seems that Biden had it all wrong and Palin had it all right.

    January 6, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  5. Seattle Sue

    Maybe your headline could read Cheney to swear at Biden instead of Cheney to swear in Biden.

    January 6, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  6. Terry

    Our Senate and it's infamous cloture rule have prevented more problems from being solved than any other institution in American history. Only the Confederate Army did more damage to the nation than the US Senate.

    Let us hope that there are 60 patriotic Senators in that body this year so that actual action to enhance our security, justice, and prosperity.

    January 6, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  7. Polar Bears Against Palen

    I'd like to swear at Cheney.

    January 6, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  8. keith douglas

    Wow, Cheney asking anyone to uphold anything but self interest and malice....what is the world coming to?

    January 6, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  9. obama-mama

    Biden please don't go hunting with this guy, ever.

    January 6, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  10. email4kh

    While he's swearing in Biden, let's see if he can resist swearing AT him.

    January 6, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  11. Not again

    Cheney to swear...

    January 6, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  12. Michael

    I don't understand why Biden is holding onto his seat until January 20th. There are quite a few new senators being sworn in today. Had Biden stepped down shortly after the election, his replacement would have seniority over all of those new senators.

    January 6, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  13. Michael

    Ah, it just occurred to me. Biden's replacement is a seat holder for his son who will probably run for the seat in 2010. So, the point of seniority is moot.

    January 6, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  14. arc, Lugano CH

    Vice-President-Elect Biden:

    You might want to consider a conference call. Who knows, Cheney might come to the ceremony wearing a bright orange hat.

    We love you Joe!

    January 6, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  15. TexAnnie *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

    You mean Cheney will even show up????
    Has the man even been seen since before the election?
    Talk about someone who has done nothing but hide out and & conduct his nasty corrupt business in secret and then collect a paycheck (from the taxpayers) for the last 8 years!!
    If ever anyone should be investigated for corruption and malfeasance of office and possibly treason, this might just be your guy.

    January 6, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  16. Fred in KY

    Hopefully, Cheney will slap some sense into Biden during this process. That would be the right thing to do and we would all be better off for it.

    January 6, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  17. Matt

    I think what you meant to say, CNN, was "Cheney to swear AT Biden."

    Cheney is a step above troglodyte.

    January 6, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  18. reggie

    Vice President Cheney will be missed. He helped keep America safe from another terrorist attack.

    January 6, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  19. Just wondering

    Why is Biden hanging on to his seat until the 20th? Is he afraid that he the VP spot may be pulled from him or what? Somebody please explain the bizarre behavior.


    January 6, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  20. Clinton Basher

    It's good that Joe Biden is getting sworn in for another term. He'll be done as VP and back to his old job before this Senate term even expires when the Palin-Plumber ticket shakes up D.C. in 2012.

    January 6, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  21. Tom in Delaware

    This is good for Joe because humility leads to wisdom.

    Maybe then this so called foreign policy 'expert' won't recommend that Iraq be divided into three parts.

    Karl Rove was right...he really is a Blowhard Doofus.

    January 6, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  22. Gail

    Good one "email4kh" !!!

    January 6, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  23. Will-South Dakota

    I wonder if Cheney will resist the temptation to drop a few "F" bombs today, then walk away laughing his head off.

    January 6, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  24. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    Just like the case of Ilinois the swearing in should not be validated.Cheney like Bush has blood in his hands.

    January 6, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  25. CanIcallyouJoe

    If I was Joe Biden, I would be vehemently against this. You get the worst VP in history to swear you in? Is that really the first message you want to send?

    Yeah, get sworn in by a treasonous war criminal, go ahead.

    January 6, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
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