January 16th, 2009
01:35 PM ET
4 years ago

Biden's son back from Iraq for the inauguration

Beau Biden has returned from Iraq in order to see his father sworn in as vice president on Tuesday.
Beau Biden has returned from Iraq in order to see his father sworn in as vice president on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The son of Vice President-elect Joe Biden has returned from Iraq to the United States to attend the inauguration of his father and President-elect Barack Obama, a military spokesman said.

Beau Biden, who deployed to Iraq as a captain in the National Guard, is in the United States on temporary duty, said Lt. Col. Leonard Gratteri, a spokesman for the Delaware National Guard.

Biden plans to take several days of leave to attend inaugural events, he said.

The president-elect and vice president-elect are scheduled to take their oaths of office in Washington on Tuesday.

Updated: 1:35 p.m.


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  1. Jacob

    BUSH WAS A DRAFT DODGER and SO WAS CHENEY!

    January 16, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    I'm with you Frankie! What a bunch of clowns. If the republican party was proposing the Trillions of dollars the democRATS are, can you just imagine what would be said? Nancy Pelosi just can't get enough money to spend! I won't have to worry about retirement money – I'll just put on a coat of paint and get in line with all the other welfare recipients that voted "that one" into office. It certainly could NOT have been taxpayers that did.

    January 16, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  3. Another Army Captain Serving in Iraq

    lou January 16th, 2009 9:50 am ET

    How much did this personal trip for the benefit of the Bidens cost the American Taxpayer? I'll bet every American serving in Iraq would have liked to have a free trip home to watch their kids graduate, get married, have a job ceremony, celebrate an anniversary or birthday, etc..

    lou, actually ALL soldiers serving in Iraq or Afghanistan get to come home (or go on vacation) for 2 weeks R&R at some point during their tour of duty there. And, depending on their mission requirements, many folks get a fair amont of input as to when they get to take that R&R. For instance, my daughter will graduate from high school this year. My unit is aware of the situation, and will do all in their power to let me take my R&R during that special time in my family's life. And, yes, the Army does pick up the travel tab (with some limitations, of course). CPT Biden is not likely getting anything out of the ordinary here.

    January 16, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  4. Jim

    As long as he was due for R&R, there should be no comments made at all. If he was given special privileges (undue R&R or TAD for the purpose of being able to attend the inaguration), then that is different.

    To who said this is more historic that having a baby or a graduation, etc, it depends on whose eyes you are looking thru.

    January 16, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. katiec

    Wow, the extreme righters are out in full force today,.
    They do nothing but complain and point fingers.
    Never hear them brag about the almost destruction of our country
    that their party has "gifted" us with.
    If Bush and the pubs had not pushed this illegal, unwinnable war
    down our throats we would not even have this issue.

    January 16, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  6. Aka one

    Get your father run for VP, get him elected, it's not a mean fit to attract a favor. Beau is not your fault.ENJOY

    January 16, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. The CSA have lost again

    @Boston Irish.Caaas,potato famine,losing to the english.It shows.

    January 16, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  8. Independent Again

    They say he was due for R&R. How convenient!!

    January 16, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  9. Amber

    Jim @ 2:29 pm

    Please. Let's have some perspective here. Let me clear it up for you:

    YES. Your FATHER being SWORN in as VICE PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is more important than a college graduation or a baby being born.

    Sorry, but your comment just sounded really silly and sour-grapesy.

    January 16, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  10. Terry, Dallas Texas

    So many bitter comments. So much hate over something like this. No wonder our country is so divided.

    January 16, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  11. Mike, Syracuse NY

    gray in MD January 16th, 2009 1:42 pm ET
    i'll serve our military when the threat is right here on our own land. i think its ridiculous that all of our "wars" have been on other's land. since when is it necessary to defend american liberties on foriegn soil??????

    Duh, how about WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam? Would you really rather we fought those wars in NYC, LA, Miineapolis, Iowa, etc.? I've seen thousands of dumb comments on CNN's blogs, but this is the absolute dumbest.

    January 16, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  12. Karen - Missouri

    I think it's great that Beau can see his father be sworn into office of VP. How often does one's father become VP of the United States? I feel sorry for those who are so selfish (regardless of their own family status) to want to deny Biden's son's short leave and complain. Why can't they be happy for another's family instead of jealous?

    January 16, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  13. Maggie in NY

    For all you people who are **cough** "offended" by Beau Biden being allowed to have leave to attend his father's inauguration, might I suggest you take up the matter with the CURRENT Commander in Chief, President Bush.

    January 16, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  14. Jim

    To Amber. My comment stands. It depends on whose eyes you are looking thru. To the young father at the birth of his first born, to him that is most likely the most historic moment. You need to realize the world does not revolve around this inaguration.

    January 16, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  15. torn up

    @ karen- missouri

    You are 1/2 sheep, 1/2 lemming.

    January 16, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  16. Peggy the Moocher

    For the record, I never said he should not be there. I said we need to extend to courtesy to other too.

    January 16, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  17. PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP

    Hey C.W. At least we know for sure GW was a citizen.

    January 16, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  18. Proud American

    Welcome home Beau we thank you for your service, and look forward to you and all servicemen and women never having to return to that place.

    January 16, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  19. Kyle

    Beau Biden is a captain. When other soldiers get to that rank they can choose to use their leave whenever they desire as well.

    January 16, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  20. Salt

    PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP January 16th, 2009 4:05 pm ET
    Hey C.W. At least we know for sure GW was a citizen.

    -------------------------------

    And we have a WINNER for the most pathetic comment in the whole blog!!!!!

    January 16, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  21. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    It is great that Beau can be here for his father's swearing in as the VICE PRESIDENT OF THIS NATION (which is far different and dare I say significant in a much bigger way than being granted "R&R" to attend a birthday party or college graduation as alleged by Another Army Captain serving in Iraq, who perhaps should have thought of such things before joining up.)

    January 16, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  22. Proud American

    Hey Jim how many times have your father been Vice President of the United States? Idiot

    January 16, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  23. Are You Serious???

    I have a question. How do some of you morons think that this "new administration" is repsonsible for Beau Biden coming home? The president-elect and vice president-elect are not in charge yet. However, I do agree that if Beau Biden is given this type of privilege that it should be extended to other service men and women.

    January 16, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  24. therealmarie

    What a great American family to have as Vice president and to have in our armed services.

    January 16, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Hummmmm, I wonder what boy Beau can cover up for Nobama this time while he's home on leave! One has to wonder.

    January 16, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
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