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. sensible Cape Coral FL

    I am puzzled. There is so much repetition in these blogs all written in varying degrees of illiteracy. Yet I am almost always in "MODERATION" If it's a problem with space why not get rid of some of th redundant postings? There are some people who can actually write without using LOL – some but not many.

    January 6, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. Ken

    I've long believed that when a sitting member of congress decides to run for another position the first thing he or she should do is resign and allow the governor to chose a replacement.

    January 6, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  3. Marilyn, Powell Ohio

    Hey, TCM - Bill Clinton kept us safe for the seven years prior to 9/11 AND our economy was good; maybe you better think of all your fellow countrymen who are out of work. You must think Republicans don't have any "dirty" politicians. Remember Spiro Agnew, Richard Nixon and all his keepers, etc. Why don't you try to help America heal instead of listening to Limbaugh, Hannity and that whole bunch?

    January 6, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  4. alan

    Maybe cheney can take bush on a hunting trip

    January 6, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    One things for sure–the Senate unlike a fine wine–doesn't seem to be getting better with aging.

    111 years–and they still haven't gotten it right!

    January 6, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. a REAL American

    Hey "get real dude"... if you are a real "phychiatrist" then you should probably know that it's spelled "psychiatrist." Maybe you should give back that degree you got from the University of BS!

    January 6, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  7. Gordon, Payson, Az

    TCM, "since 9/11". Are you kidding? Yout get to select the time period you want to include in the dates that Bush kept us safe??????

    January 6, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  8. lf

    Change is on the way in many directions. HELLO AND GOODBYE IS happening to many right now. Some happy, some not too happy–but things do not remain constant forever. Thank you for all who have served and history will be your best judge of Service to the Nation and Best wishes for whatever you do.

    The "new ones on the block" need all the support possibly by Staff, political veterans, the Public in general, and Good Providence! "Hail to the new Chief" and the "new-comers" as well..and hopefully things will be much better in 2009.

    January 6, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. JAE

    Cheney is soooo far above and beyond Biden it isn't even funny. Cheney's intelligence is waaaay over Biden's, not even close. Biden is a bafoon and a liar. Biden talks with forked tongue.

    We'll just see how security for this nation holds up with these two stoops coming in on Jan. 20th. I cringe at the thought.


    January 6, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. Kurt C.

    Cheney should punch that idiot in the mouth.

    January 6, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  11. Eric in NY

    Yep, it will be interesting to watch. A guy of Cheney's stature being replaced by such a joker who has done amazingly little over so many years. What a country we now live in.

    January 6, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  12. Bush sucks! Dick too!

    Hey TCM, get your head out of the sand! Your eight-year dream and Americans' nightmare is coming to an end on January 20, 2009!

    January 6, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  13. george from alaska

    ...images of george bush senior sniveling, shaking, and pervertedly peering into the private lives of his enemies to effect his narcissistic will come to mind. the darkest & most sinister chapter in american history is finally coming to an end. vive la liberty! viva america!

    January 6, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  14. Mark

    Get Real Dude,
    With that type of professionalism, I am sure the waiting list to get to see you is rather short. If you are really what you say you are, I would expect a better post than that. But of course you probably spent 15 years going to college to find yourself and now you are not even practicing what you spent all that time and money on.

    January 6, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  15. Jamie

    Betty: Cheney is so very honest? Like when he said over and over that Iraq was responsible for 911? Say a prayer for him? How about a prayer for the loved ones of the thousands of people both American and Iraqi that are dead because he is a greedy, power-hungry liar? Maybe the tortured could use a prayer, too.

    January 6, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  16. Notnek

    The dirty mouthed Jackal from Wyoming will not be missed.

    January 6, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  17. jean, florida

    Hillary is going to swear in today ? really? wow, Good job cnn!!!
    please get your facts staright next time, will you?

    January 6, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  18. Polar Bears Against Palen

    Cheney is a FACIST!!

    January 6, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  19. Bling with a business

    TCM ,did you marry your sister . And do you live in a trailor park. People like you have never traveled and dont understand anything. Just keep thinking that you know something maybe you will wake up some day.

    January 6, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  20. Mike, Syracuse NY

    @Proud American, if ever there was a poster child for abuse of freedom of speech. it's you.

    @Gerda, the Constitution says that the VP is President of the Senate. Up until the 20th century, it was common for the VP to actually preside over senate meetings. Now that usually only happens for ceremonial purposes, or when there is expected to be a tied vote, and the VP's tie breaking vote may be needed. Any VP as the Contitutional President could decide to once again 'preside' over the Senate if he or she so desired. Palin was needlessly ridiculed by the brain dead left, as is usually the case. Constitutionally, she was correct.

    January 6, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  21. tfc

    Cheney to swear at Biden? What's new about that ?

    January 6, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  22. RH

    So? As if political enemies have never been in such a position before...

    January 6, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  23. Carole

    Hey, Joyce Becker....now we know where Sarah Palin got that from when it comes to the duties of the Vice President. LOL

    Poor Joe.....standing there with your hands on bible being held by the world's biggest war criminal.

    January 6, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  24. Jimmys Corncrackings

    Can you imagine Sara Palin getting sworn in as anything?

    "So Help You God?"....."You Betcha!....Hey there Dick, you wanna go shoot some Quails?"

    January 6, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  25. joe smith

    they'll get over it; now what's the buzz about the new currency being printed at the denver mint..we have heard in the air that 800 billion was sent to the chinese national bank, and that there are some 50 and 100 notes floating around..they're called ameros if anybody wants to know.. maybe cnn and their crack team can give the American people some insight on this??

    January 6, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
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