January 19th, 2009
11:05 PM ET
3 years ago

Cheney pulls muscle moving, in wheelchair

Cheney pulled a muscle while moving, according to the White House.
Cheney pulled a muscle while moving, according to the White House.

(CNN) – Vice President Dick Cheney will be in a wheelchair during Tuesday's Presidential Inauguration, after pulling a muscle in his back while moving, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said

"Under his physician's recommendation, the Vice President will be in a wheelchair for the next couple of days, including for tomorrow's inauguration, The Vice President is looking forward to being there for tomorrow's historic inaugural activities," Perino said in a statement.


Filed under: Dick Cheney
January 19th, 2009
11:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama pays tribute to McCain

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Obama and McCain appeared on the same stage Monday night. (Getty Images)

(CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama paid tribute Monday night to the man he defeated.

"There are few Americans who understand this need for common purpose and common effort better than John McCain," Obama said at a dinner honoring the former Republican presidential candidate. "It is what he has strived for and achieved throughout his life. It is built into the very content of his character."

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Read Obama's full prepared remarks after the jump

UPDATE: McCain's full remarks also after the jump

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
January 19th, 2009
08:09 PM ET
4 years ago

Jill Biden lets slip a secret?

The Bidens appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show Monday.
The Bidens appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show Monday.

(CNN) - Joe Biden's office Monday denied the vice president-elect had ever been offered the position of secretary of state, hours after Biden's wife, Jill, suggested otherwise.

"To be clear, President-elect Obama offered Vice President-elect Biden one job only - to be his running mate," Elizabeth Alexander, a spokeswoman for Biden, said. "And the vice president-elect was thrilled to accept the offer."

The statement came after both Bidens appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, during which Mrs. Biden said her husband picked the No. 2 post over being secretary of state

"Joe had the choice to be secretary of state or vice president," Jill Biden said as her husband tried to cut her off.

"OK, he did," Mrs. Biden continued as the audience laughed. She also said she advised her husband being vice president would allow for more time at home.

"If you're secretary of state, you'll be away, we'll never see you, you know," she said. "I'll see you at a state dinner once in a while."

Biden himself has acknowledged he did discuss the possibility of becoming secretary of state with Obama, and described one specific conversation on the matter to the New Yorker last October.

“He said, ‘You have a great interest in national-security policy, foreign policy,’ ” Biden said. “He wasn’t offering me this, but he said, ‘Would you rather be secretary of state instead of vice president?’ And I thought a lot about that.”


Filed under: Joe Biden
January 19th, 2009
07:25 PM ET
3 years ago

Getting to the Inauguration: Trains all booked

Nearly every train headed to Washington Tuesday is sold out.
Nearly every train headed to Washington Tuesday is sold out.

(CNN) - Nearly all trains on the Northeast corridor traveling into Washington, DC Tuesday are completely booked, spokespersons for Amtrak and Maryland Transportation have told CNN.

According to Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari, nearly every train heading to Washington on Inauguration Day is sold out, while all outbound trains from Washington on Wednesday are completely booked. The Chicago to Washington line was also completely sold out on Monday.

In addition, all incoming trains from Maryland are cold out - meaning 35,000 tickets have been sold, according to Jo Greene, a spokesperson for Maryland Transportation.

Maryland Transportation has also sold 9,000 bus tickets, Greene said.


Filed under: Inauguration
January 19th, 2009
07:16 PM ET
6 years ago

Bush family bids second sad farewell to White House

The Bushes are bidding farewell to the White House.
The Bushes are bidding farewell to the White House.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - One night before their son turns the White House over to Barack Obama, a melancholy former President George Herbert Walker Bush and his wife Barbara made an impromptu visit to the press briefing room on Monday and chatted with reporters about how much they will miss the building they have called home on and off for a couple of decades.

"We will miss coming and going, but it's time to move on," said the former President, who has been a frequent visitor during his son's two terms in office. "The Bushes are going to a happy life."

When a reporter suggested perhaps former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will take the White House back someday, the former President smiled, "Maybe Jeb will do something. I'd like to see him try."

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Filed under: President Bush
January 19th, 2009
07:08 PM ET
6 years ago

Israeli official: Gaza withdrawal could be over by inauguration

Israeli tanks prepare to leave Gaza on Monday.
Israeli tanks prepare to leave Gaza on Monday.

JERUSALEM (CNN) – Israel plans to have its troops out of Gaza as soon as possible after the weekend cease-fire that ended three weeks of fighting in the Palestinian territory, Israeli officials said Monday.

An Israeli Foreign Ministry official said that the pullout, which already had begun Sunday, could be finished by Tuesday evening.

The official, who declined to be named, said that the withdrawal could be complete before U.S. President-elect Barack Obama takes his oath of office in Washington at noon ET Tuesday - 7 p.m. in Israel - though commanders have not been given that deadline.

The Israel Defense Forces said Sunday that it had begun withdrawing some troops from Gaza, and Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev said Sunday that troops would be out in a matter of days, not weeks.

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Filed under: Gaza • Inauguration
January 19th, 2009
06:42 PM ET
6 years ago

Paterson close to Senate decision

 Paterson is close to making his decision.
Paterson is close to making his decision.

NEW YORK (CNN) - New York Gov. David Paterson appears to be slowly nearing the end of his lengthy deliberation process over whom to appoint to replace Hillary Clinton as New York's junior senator.

Paterson has stated that he would wait until the Senate confirmed Clinton as secretary of state before he formally selected her replacement. Clinton is expected to be confirmed when the Senate convenes at 3 p.m. after the inaugural Tuesday.

In an appearance on CNN's "American Morning" on Monday, Paterson denied having settled on a replacement for Clinton, maintaining that he's still weighing several possibilities.

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Filed under: David Paterson
January 19th, 2009
06:42 PM ET
6 years ago

Senate plans Inauguration Day votes on Obama nominees

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Senate will be in session at 3 pm on Inauguration Day, primarily to confirm several top Obama nominees. It’s unclear who will be confirmed, but there is a list of nominees whose confirmations could be called up as early as Tuesday.

It’s known Senate leaders hoped to clear most of the national security-related positions, but there is no final list who will be confirmed Tuesday, and Democrats and Republicans say they may not know until the afternoon.

The confirmations will have to be approved by unanimous consent, meaning no senators object to the person being confirmed. There are no roll call votes scheduled Tuesday.

A preliminary list of potential confirmations circulated to senators follows after the jump:

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Filed under: Obama transition • Senate
January 19th, 2009
06:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Kids' inaugural show draws top teen stars

 Teen star Demi Lovato is one of the performers at the kids' inaugural concert.
Teen star Demi Lovato is one of the performers at the kids' inaugural concert.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Teen star Demi Lovato hopes Barack Obama's presidency can turn the U.S. economy around for the sake of her fans.

"I hate to see families of fans struggling in these tough times," Lovato said as she prepared for the dress rehearsal for Monday night's kids' inaugural concert.

The 16-year-old Lovato, a singer and actor, was picked to perform two songs from her debut album at the star-studded event.

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Filed under: Inauguration
January 19th, 2009
05:12 PM ET
6 years ago

John McCain to seek higher-profile role

McCain is seeking a higher-profile role.
McCain is seeking a higher-profile role.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Bump into John McCain in a Capitol hallway these days, and you’re lucky if you get anything beyond a polite hello. Ask him a question on any policy or political issue, and he will almost always decline comment, and keep moving.

But the former Republican presidential nominee is not planning to keep a low profile for long.

CNN has learned that McCain may get seats on an unusually high number of key Senate committees, so that he can engage on a wide range of high-profile issues before Congress, and his formal rival in the White House.

“He wants to be a player,” McCain’s good friend, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, told CNN in a phone conversation.

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