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. PK California

    BUMMER! Biden deserves better!

    January 6, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  2. Anne E.

    What Brian and Tommy said.

    January 6, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  3. jennifer

    TCM be afraid, be very afraid.

    You are the clown, you bought in to all the fear mongering by the wannabe dictator's in the current administration. America grew strong and respected in the past because of liberal leadership.

    January 6, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  4. W.T.Sherman at the sea

    @TCM.9/11 HAPPENED ON Cheneys watch!Period.You just dont get it do you kid.

    January 6, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. Proud American

    From where prison?

    January 6, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  6. Drosen

    Obama talks about a feeling amongst professional politicians that the "people's work" is not to be trusted to anyone but themselves.

    Never has cronyism, nepotism, and such a power vacuum seemed to make government so feeble. (Biden's son taking his seat!, C. Kennedy who doesn't even vote, Burris circus) Its too late to blame Bush. Obama has got to step up and put his house in order.

    I supported Obama, but voting present is not an option.

    In case no one noticed there's about to be 5 wars in a relatively small area soon – Israel, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, with India – Pakistan or Iran – NATO bubbling. Isn't this what Al-Qaeda wants!

    Stop this Senate crap, these bums should all be disqualified for being silver spooned egomaniacs/

    January 6, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  7. luckyb

    They should take Cheney away immediately after the cremony in hadcuffs and leg irons to the nearest Federal prison...He is a war criminal.

    January 6, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  8. Brian

    Your article is incorrect that Senators Clinton and Salazar will be "sworn in" today. Senator Salazar was elected in November 2004 and his term does not end until January 2011. Senator Clinton was re-elected in November 2006 and her term does not end until January 2013.

    Neither will be "sworn-in" because neither faced election in November 2008.

    One-third of the Senate is elected every two years; one-third is "sworn-in" every two years. The remaining Senators simply continue in office.

    January 6, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  9. Yadda, Yadda, Yadda

    Cheney, who?.......Yawn...........

    January 6, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  10. Amazing

    @ TCM...

    1.) Why do you have to continually show up here and remind us of how we have been kept safe under Bush and Cheney? You say we haven't been attacked since 911. Amazing...they have managed to keep us safe 7 years. How many attacks were on American soil before they "rode into town"?

    2.) Who are you to talk about work to anyone. As i search through various topics AFTER work (vacation day today) i seem to see your posts EVERYDAY ALL DAY. Please enlighten me on the "work" you are doing.

    3.) The fact that you are even trying to compare the integrity of Biden to Cheney is outstanding. Halliburton alone trumps any wrongdoings done by Biden.

    From reading your post, i can only imagine you have no job, and sit angrily in your trailer watching Hannity, and listening to Rush. Eagerly waiting for another talking point to post on the CNN boards to annoy those darn "Liberals". I also imagine you haven't had a day of peace since the fourth of November. That would be why you find it necessary to have an ugly rant every time a topic shows up with Obama in the title. Please just go away, find a job, and realize we are done with republican politics!

    January 6, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  11. luckyb

    I wish Cheney would take Bush out hunting next weekend...We might get rid of the pig early.

    January 6, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  12. Jen

    You know the media really likes to protray things a bit more than it is. These politicians are sure up and downs relationships just like kids in school, people at work. But when the day is over most of the issues that you dont like about this person or that is over... people part and come together in other times in good will.

    Ive seen so many people that dont agree on everything and might not totally like each other, go out and have a laugh, all go to a company get together and have conversation, smiles and laughter and you would never have thought there was anything there.

    Lets grow up this is not soap opera and not southern families in a battle that last forever and decades. I dont think there will be any awkwardness at all here. I think they are very nice and respectful with each other and even had pleasant conversations many times they meet.

    Get over it!!

    January 6, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  13. John

    It's hard to imagine a war criminal swearing anyone in

    January 6, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  14. Charlize

    I think the news will actually be when Cheney has already sworn Biden in. This report talks about Cheney preparing to swear him in; since it hasn't happened yet, it shouldn't be used as news. Now, if Cheney said: "I am not swearing in this clown, I'd rather die first" THAT would be news. And it could happen, since Cheney-Bush is the most arrogant and moronic presidency ever.

    January 6, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  15. What a mess

    Do ya'll 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 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  16. zdskypilot

    Has anyone else noticed that Biden already thinks , acts and treats Obama and the public like he is the next president.

    January 6, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  17. Pat Omaha, NE

    Good bye Mr. Cheney....Wyoming and all your money awaits you...go get it all and enjoy it for awhile! You can't take it wit you to.......to wherever you will find yourself for eternity!! I wish you bon voyage!!!

    Hello, Mr. Biden...the country and all the mess left by Bush awaits YOU!!
    Go forth with confidence and our good wishes! It will be a joy having a truly good man sitting in the Senate! Your reward for all eternity awaits you!!

    January 6, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  18. Joyce Becker

    One of the last things that Dick Cheney will do before he fades away will be to swear in Joe Biden as Senator and later have Biden replace him as VP, now that is what I say is the only good thing he has done in a very long time. All I can say is thank goodness he will be gone for good and hopefully forever.

    January 6, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  19. JB

    Don't forget your garlic necklace and holy water Joe.

    January 6, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  20. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    ...and I hope Biden swears AT Cheney! 🙂

    January 6, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  21. Joyce Becker

    The Vice President does not preside over the Senate, his only job is to cast a deciding vote in case of a tie.

    January 6, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  22. get real dude

    To TCM:
    Just calm down! There is no reason to get offended by your comments...see people who are small minded like you can't help it. Perhaps you were born that way??? They (you) are stuck and can't get out. I'ts a mental disorder/illness needing some serious medical help. I'm positive that somday you will seek out the right professional help. If it's something you can't afford right now, I would be more than happy to provide you with some references or you could just look in the yellow pages! As a professional phychiatrist, I reconize deep mental illiness when I see or hear it. Good luck on your recovery! If I had your address I would love to send you a get-well card. If it gets really bad call 911!

    January 6, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  23. naqib

    Take him hunting with you...

    January 6, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  24. PT

    This is simply amazing! It will also be interesting to see how all that gave money to Blago to buy Burriss's seat will get a refund!

    January 6, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  25. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    these corrupt, soulless criminals cannot be gone soon enough!

    dick cheny needs to slither back down to his cave and get back in his pod until it's time for him to move to dubai later this month!

    good riddence to bad trash--all of those right-wing evil criminals. karma's gonna come a callin' for you, and it's not gonna be pretty! they will all pay for their greed and "money/business before people" ways, and it's gonna be GREAT...i've got the popcorn poppin' now!!!

    next up, the right-wing filth like coulter, beck, hannity, limbought...buh bye!

    January 6, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
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