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. alvino


    I almost forgot, Palin said she would be in charge of the senate and would help shape policy because that was described in the Constitution. As a scholar of the constitution, you knew she was wrong then and is still wrong.

    January 6, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  2. Sam

    CNN made what is clearly a typo. Hillary Clinton and Ken Salazar do not have to take the oath today, as Hillary did so two years ago, and Salazar was elected in 2004.

    January 6, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. Art in Las Vegas

    Ron Paul didn't even come close, so get over your conspiracy theories! Go off and rant about how the CFR (Council on Foreign Relations) is going to take over the world! If you don't think a black man running for office in this country hasn't been investigated by the CIA, the FBI, and NSA, you are more stupid than you sound! Oh, by the way Elvis is dead!

    January 6, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. David S.

    I just hate career politicians...

    January 6, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. Barack Turned Me Republican

    Marilyn from Powell Ohio says Slick Willie kept us safe. She's obviously ignorant to Clinton's failure to capture Osama bin Laden for 8 years after bombing the WTC the first time.

    And Marilyn, what about terrorists attacks against the U.S. in Somilia, Saudia Arabia, Tanzania, the USS Cole, and Kenya?

    Then there was also Waco and the Murrow Building. Well at least he killed David Koresh and burned alot of Americans alive in the process.

    What was Clinton doing for 8 years? Getting busy with college interns.

    There's your great president Marilyn.

    January 6, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  6. noemi in los angeles


    January 6, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  7. Venia

    Why isn't cheyney behind bars along with his rethuglican cronies? God, I can't wait until Obama takes office and gets rid of these clowns.

    January 6, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  8. Josh Maloney, Oakland, CA

    I am so glad the man responsible for war crimes (Dick the Devil Cheney) will be leaving soon.

    January 6, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  9. Marc

    Obama was born in Kenya folks and he is ineligable to be president—not to mention, too inexperienced.

    Even if this were true, which there's no credible evidence that it is, McCain was born in Panama. And that's documented. So where's the whine about that?

    January 6, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  10. Ryan

    @ mike:

    Statement – "Hey i am from Canada, and let me tell you this, we just can't understand how Americans sat around for the last 8 yrs. and allowed Cheney and Bush to pretty much commit every crime in the book."

    Answer – Because of people like TCM (read his post), who bought into the fear mongering and was dumb enough to believe that they were actually making America safer. So the American people gave up their civil rights for security. And I believe it was Ben Franklin (if this is wrong please correct me) that said if you trade liberty for security, you will end up losing both. Plus there was also vote rigging and our wonderful DO Nothing Congress who allowed them to get away with it.

    January 6, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  11. Mike Mc

    out with the poo in with the new

    January 6, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |


    January 6, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. Jeff

    Chris, relax and get used to the change. Some of us felt as you did for about 8 years. We'll make it....

    January 6, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  14. *Smiles*

    Congrats Biden! You and Obama will do great things...


    January 6, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  15. FreeNLovIt

    To Pat

    Hey, my comments are moderated too. So, you're not the only one.

    January 6, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  16. Jim

    For those of you that keep saying Obama was born in Kenya. If you really believe that to be true don't you think McCain's dirt squad would have found proof of that and discredit the Hawaiian birth certificate? When did McCain ever challenge Obama's birth certificate as valid? He didn't because it is valid.

    January 6, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  17. FreeNLovIt

    Hopefully I'll get a job offer soon so I can stop POSTING on this board. I did enjoy posting from August until now, to voice my opinions. Meanwhile, if you look below, I have compiled useful articles and quotes from the walks of life. (Trying to be positive here...)

    January 6, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. Virgoman0


    Love your comment , Obama is not a legal citizen in my opinion either.. His kids are going to private school too what ever happend to change, change change.. yea as we all know who have seen politics for years and years the more things "change" the more they say the same. Politics as usual.. Obama could have really helped DC with it's public school where he could see first hand what problems they had an they would have had an advocate to fight to fix the school system there which from many accounts needs some fixing. BUT No, not a chance the kids will go to an expensive private school and continue politics as usual.. How sad..


    January 6, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  19. Fred the moderate

    I count the days until dick chenney departs. I don't remeber any other more devious a vp sense Agnew. History won't be kind, because we are the history and will write it for the next 50 years. Please don't look for vendication from time. Look in the mirror and see the thousands of faces of dead Americans, soldiers and iraqi civilians and ask them for vendication. Ask the nation of Iraq for forgiveness, after all, they didn't attack us on 9-11 and our soldiers were put in a meat grinder ill trained and equiped. You sir have much to answer for!

    January 6, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. sky

    There's something CNN does and MSNBC doesn't do that drives me crazy. We are waiting, waiting, waiting for someone to speak...someone to make an announcement...waiting, waiting.....in this instance Reid is going to speak about the Minnesota race...waiting, waiting...and then there he is, speaking to us and we are listening...and the commentator decides he has spoken long enough and cuts in....so we dont get to hear the rest...so we have to change the channel to MSNBC, which is ok, but none the less.....we can listen to her anytime....all day long....she is just a commentator...why would what she has to say be more interesting and more important than what Reid had to say? CNN, you do that far too often...if I am going to wait to hear someone speak....let me hear them speak.....

    January 6, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  21. This is sad.....

    I guess I would be considered CRAZY b/c I keep coming to these blogs looking for sane people.... the ones who can make a decent, well-thought out argument w/o resorting to name-calling and extreme sterotyping.... where are the moderates? Pls, pls, pls speak up!!! these nut jobs on both the right and the left fail the regardless of party, these people are HUMAN not gods and make mistakes.... none on either side are perfect....

    and for those who believe that deify and person as someone who keeps them safe... man, I REALLY feel for you!!!!! b/c you will certainly lose any freedom you have all in the name of security/safety.....

    January 6, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  22. the idiot

    Stories about Sarah Palin and Dick Cheney certainly do get the socialists a twittering about things they don't understand and their dark conspiracy theories don't they. Payback will be ( and already is) fun. With a cast of characters like VPE Hairplug, Pelosi, Reid, Rangel, Blago, Burris and Franken the choices are almost overwhelming.

    January 6, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  23. Andrew

    The posts on here again prove to me that the country has been to divided by Bush and Rove to ever be a great country again. The hatred among our own citizens is incredible. The right wing has gone so far off the deep end that they were ready to put a lady in the white house who is as anti-intellectual as Bush and at least as hateful. I guess the destruction of our country in the last 8 years was not enough.

    January 6, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  24. Franky

    Alright guys(CNN), I seen the party you guys have. Party at CNN everybody!! LOL!!

    I'm playing, I'm playing...

    January 6, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  25. Gerda Edwards

    Sam and Brian - to further educate the ignorant left, the ENTIRE Congress (in this case the Senate) is sworn in as one, whether any particular member was newly elected or has 2/4 years left in their term.

    January 6, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
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