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. Jim

    Goodbye and good riddance, Dick! And never was someone's name more apt...

    January 6, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  2. Karen - Atlanta

    Cheney should swear Biden in now and step down immediately. Cheney is totally useless and hasn't contributed nothing to the American people except getting us into a senseless war. Goodbye, good riddens.

    January 6, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  3. Don't tread on me

    This is just "beyond the pale" of poltical irony and
    equally suitable for both men and their respective
    "smartest guy in the room"/ wrapped around
    insurmountable sarcasm attitudes.

    January 6, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  4. legal in nc

    TexAnnie.........It seems as though you're upset about the fact that Cheney didn't feel the need as Biden does to be present at EVERY major decision his president made or will make. Biden doesn't trust the "Magic" man as he knows and has stated that the incoming PE doen't have the experience to make those decisions on his on.

    The corruption and malfeasance you speak of is obviously very real and present within your Demotwits currently.

    The fun is just beginning, I guess Barrack Hussein Obama was right,,,,,,,,,,Change is Coming, Clinton part 2.

    January 6, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  5. Mickie

    Who will be the referee? They probably have to arrange for a scouting party to find Cheney. Hope he moves to another country.

    January 6, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  6. MJJofSara

    TCM you sound like the most bigoted conservative in many a post.
    Get over it.
    So this is news, that Cheney is swearing in Biden ...boring.

    January 6, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  7. My Friends, let me tell you,

    Cheney believes hes above the law.He should be arrested for ignoring a supenea, on the spot,but our gutless leaders wont.If he isnt behind bars on the 21st I wont have any confidence in Obama either.

    January 6, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  8. What a mess

    Notice how Cheney is so much smaller than Biden in this picture? That's because someone threw water on him and he's 'meeeeelting'. Just like the end of the other show with a crooked bumbling coward acting mean behind a curtain and using a 'prop' for a mouthpiece, "The Wizard of OZ".

    January 6, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  9. Chuck

    After Biden is sworn in, then he should have Cheney arrested, the most corrupt dirtbag ever to occupy the White House, less GW Bush.

    January 6, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  10. nick sapfos

    I often hear cnn saying that the U.S.A. is the leader of the free world, which is great................Then just let Mr Cheney and Mr Bush be tried at he International court in Hague and i will even give them an extra 50% benefit of doubt and let them face the music...... you cant have it both ways At the same time you can include their puppets in Israel.


    January 6, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  11. Gerda Edwards

    "As sitting vice president, Cheney presides over the Senate "

    That CAN'T be right!!!!

    Palin said the same thing when explaining the job of the VP and was lambasted mercilessly by the hateful left and the media for being ignorant. Biden, a Senator for decades and VP candidate, said the VP's role was completely in the Executive Branch and was given a free ride.

    Hmmm...maybe it is, since Obama addressed his Senate resignation to VP Cheney as well. I guess there's hope that Dems and the hateful left can actually learn something.

    January 6, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  12. Steve W

    Too bad Bush and Cheney didn't keep us safe on September 11th. Kind of takes some of the luster off what they did after. The signs were there and they chose to ignore them.

    January 6, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  13. Diing

    Dear Lord, this is very funny per say!. I am still laughing

    January 6, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  14. still searching for true equality in america

    hey TCM .... how exactly has cheney kept us safe.. by starting a war for profit so that our young men and women will die so that someone else can get rich so then the rest of the world will feel sorry for us and not attack us....... figuring, if we give cheney enough time, he will shoot all of us, like he does his friends..lol..

    you are a riot.. cheney and bush have made us bigger targets by their good ole boys dont do nothing wrong attitudes, its just that the enemy are terrorist, and therefore accomplish more by making people live in fear and terror, not by the actual actions.. but of course you know that, right.. lmao

    January 6, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  15. demwit

    Obama needs doofus at the table for major decisions.., someone to blame.

    January 6, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  16. Matt

    @ TCM

    No. Bush and the Cheneybot have angered the Muslim world beyond all reason and destroyed our international standing and the respect accorded us by the international community, thereby lessening the leverage we have in negotiating and exerting influence over the the terrorist community and the world's attempts to stop them. They are the poster children for terrorist recruitment (check, I'm sure you can find them on the covers of some of them) and have provided the best motivation and fuel for the Muslim world's distrust, anger and hatred of us since the US and Europe errantly dropped the Jews in the worst place possible after WWII simply because none of the European nations could see fit to losing their own land to give them a home and thought better of giving them someone else's land that they had already taken.

    January 6, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  17. John Adams

    Cheney is not qualified to swear anyone into the office that he has defiled and disgraced.

    January 6, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  18. Liane

    Yay! What a picture. 2 Scary men. Can't wait for the PROVEN PLAIGERIST to be VP!

    January 6, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  19. Anonymous

    Actually, I think that the rule about when you're sworn in and seniority in the Senate is no longer in existence. At least, I don't think it is for the Dems. Seniority is based on your first session, not the date of when you're swon in. Then, if there's a match, it goes to previous service in the House, or other things along those lines.

    January 6, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  20. rancho

    You sound so afraid!
    We all feel very sorry for you.

    January 6, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  21. alvino

    Why does TCM continue to defend war criminals? What a joke he is.

    January 6, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  22. GET REAL.

    Look, conservatives, your only hope now is to do the same thing that some religious leaders have done: downplay the religions, emphasize the god. They realized that if they could get the morals and the basic ideas through, they could kill the corrupt views that others had ascribed.

    Get back to the basics of the conservative POLITICAL stance. Let the other zealousness go and keep focused. You'll lose your party otherwise, because you're not going to gain any new followers with the drivel you spout now. Get updated or bye bye.

    PS – I'm an agnostic and I'm liberal, so who cares what I think, right? Just know that if you get back to basics, liberals may even respect you when they disagree with you. I hope CNN respects me by posting this...

    January 6, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  23. j williamson

    Our incoming Vice-President might well hear a couple of profanity-laced comments from the potty-mouthed Cheney. Not to worry Dick, we wouldn't have you any other way!

    January 6, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  24. We're NOT "your friends"!!!

    I love how Republicans talk about how Gov. Bush has kept us safe since 9/11. Blame the liberals it's all their fault, they don't know what national security is! That's the biggest bunch of BS I've ever heard! Who was in charge of national security as of Jan. 20, 2001? Guess what neo-cons, evangelicals and the rest of the rupublican party; IT WAS YOU! So don't ever come back to me as a liberal and say it's our fault or Clinton's fauly or some crazy logic. IT WAS YOUR FAULT! You were in charge when the country suffered the worst attack in history. Now I have to deal with the consequences for the next 60 years of my adult life. Good luck repubs., you lost my vote 4 life.

    January 6, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  25. cj

    GEEEE imagine that, looking for something out of nothing. at least cheney is funny

    January 6, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
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