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. Don't let him touch you Joe!!!

    This is a milestone for our country, to finally get rid of the most blindly, arrogrant, grossly over powered and out of control VP.

    Good riddance, Dick!

    January 6, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  2. Nikunj from Sugar Land, TX

    I'm sure it's an awkward moment for Joe Biden. Specially if he is thinking of smacking Cheney's arrogant smirk off his face.

    January 6, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  3. Yuseff

    Why hasn't Biden resigned yet? Barack Obama resigned his seat weeks ago. Then again I guess he may collect a couple of extra paychecks if he waits until January 20.

    January 6, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  4. Mad as Hell

    Why would Hilary Clinton be sworn in today? She was re-elected in 2006, and was sworn in for her second term in January 2007. Unless all 100 Senators are sworn in every two years, there is no reason for her to be sworn in again today.

    January 6, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  5. Kathy_in_Indiana

    I hope they have Cheney show up in black and white stripes and hand cuffs. That would look really good on the creep.

    January 6, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  6. Jeff W.

    I can't wait until we never have to see Cheney and his crooked smile ever again. What a dispicable person.

    January 6, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  7. Brian

    Cheney is a war criminal.

    January 6, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  8. Scott

    Dick...take Joe out bird hunting with you.

    January 6, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  9. Don Woolsey

    Why is this news

    January 6, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  10. Nora L in CA

    Maybe after Biden is sworn in by Cheney, he can turn around and arrest him – he deserves to go straight to jail for all the crimes he's committed.

    January 6, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  11. John

    Cheney has been known to be familiar with swearing on the floor of the senate....

    January 6, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  12. Eh...

    This is a non-story.

    Biden's going to walk up to Cheney.
    Cheney will politely administer the oath.
    They'll shake hands and walk away.

    What do you think's going to happen, a wrestling match?

    January 6, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  13. MikeH

    Swear in, swear at, wearing a black hood, hey it's Cheney.

    Everyone run though if Dick shows up drinking a beer and holding a shotgun.

    January 6, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  14. a new year

    joe biden is a good man, good luck to you with your new begining.

    January 6, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  15. Keith in CA

    Does the swearing in ceremony require Cheney to hold a Bible? I thought his flesh burns when he's in contact with anything holy.

    January 6, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  16. Pat F

    We can call it "Dumb and Dumber".

    January 6, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  17. the idiot

    Lots and lots of BDS here, just gotta love it. Libs usher in the new bipartisanship.

    January 6, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  18. TCM

    You liberal clowns are so unaware of national security; Cheney along with Bush, have kept your sorry spoiled liberal behinds safe since 9/11....it's too bad when there's such an entitlement mentality; like we shouldn't have to work for what we have....I think too many of you have watched too many gansta rap videos and want to get your own bling for free.....Biden's been proven to be a liar and a thief and you're foaming at the mouth to see him in office....

    in fact, remember when he was busy stabbing your beloved Obama in the back during the campaign trail...now, "Uncle Joe," can't brown nose him enough. Wow, that's a man with integrity.

    January 6, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  19. carolflowery

    great, a man who wanted iraq divideded into 3 countries, what an idiot.

    January 6, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  20. Joe M

    LIP, forget about it. Biden's taught Constitutional Law for years at Widener University and "forgot" more about how the Senate functions than Cheney ever knew. Cheney's been "Presiding" over the Senate for 8 years and Biden's been serving in the Senate for over 35. Do the math? How dumb is too dumb?

    January 6, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  21. Angie-OHIO

    Careful VP elect Biden. But don't turn your back on crazy cheney. They couldn't find anyone else to do the swearing in? bush & company need to be BE GONE!!!!!!!!

    January 6, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  22. Jean from Belgium

    Please, you americans, all those nesty comments say more about the writer than about the person you are pointing to.

    January 6, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  23. Tommy

    You sure the headline shouldn't read "Cheney to swear at Biden", given Mr. Cheney's flourish for profanity? I'm sure it will be yet another warm, fuzzy moment in D.C.

    January 6, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  24. boered1

    not sure why I even comment any longer ALL my comments from yesterday are still in moderation! But, being a persistant pain in the side has its advantages so here I go again...

    LIP not sure what you think you are talking about saying palin had it right, she was asnd IS wrong on the duties of the Vice-President and Biden was and is right on the duties. The swearing in is simply a ceremonial function and is NOT an act of leadership therefore the vice president, as Biden said, and the constitution says, performs the ceremonial functions as a leader (and, in the rare case of a tie gets to vote.. so when was the last time a VP cast a vote? Good luck finding that out!)

    As for those who slam Cheney (and trust me I am usually one of them as I have felt this man is a self serving idiot since the first time I was introduced to him while in the Navy) I can only say shut up he is doing the one thing the bush administration has gotten (mostly) right he is turning over the reins of power as required by the Constitution (although I am sure there was some discussions about how to prevent this from happening). So this final ceremonial action is right and proper.. now if only the idiot bush would do what has been always been done in the past I would believe he was graciously turning over power (Obama and family has to stay in a hotel as opposed to staying in the Guest House, the FIRST incoming president to do this since the Guest House was erected in 1901! bush said it was because he had already invited people to stay there... guess he still hoped he would not have to turn over the government)


    January 6, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  25. Chas in Iowa

    After thye cerimony we can all pitch in for a ticket to send him to the Hague for trial on charges of "war crimes against humanity".

    January 6, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
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