November 14th, 2008
05:32 AM ET
14 years ago

Bidens, Cheneys meet in Washington

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" The Cheneys and Bidens met Thursday."]WASHINGTON (CNN) – Vice President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill arrived at their future home at Washington's Naval Observatory Thursday afternoon and were greeted as they exited their black SUV by its current residents, Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife Lynne.

The couples shook hands as Mrs. Cheney arranged the photo-op on the front porch, telling Mrs. Biden, “Now Jill, I was told that you were to be in the middle.”

As the foursome headed inside for what was billed as a private meeting followed by a tour of the mansion, a reporter asked Biden if he had been there before.

“I’ve been on the ground floor a couple times,” Biden responded.

Afterwards, a spokeswoman for the vice president wrote in a statement that the meeting lasted 50 minutes and that "it was a good visit."

"Vice President Cheney and his wife Lynne were pleased to welcome Vice President-elect Biden and his wife Jill to the Naval Observatory this afternoon," said spokeswoman Megan Mitchell. "It was a good visit. The Cheneys enjoyed giving the Bidens a tour of the residence and wished them well as they make it their home in January."

A spokesperson for Biden also said the visit went well.

"The Vice President-elect and Dr. Jill Biden met with Vice President Cheney and his wife Lynne at the Naval Observatory this evening. The Bidens thank the Cheneys for welcoming them into their home and for their gracious hospitality," said spokesperson for the Vice President-elect Elizabeth Alexander.

Chances are most of Biden's visits to the residence did not come over the past eight years. The future vice president has been a regular and fervent critic of Cheney, calling him “the most dangerous vice president probably in American history” at the vice presidential debate in early October.

In that same debate, Biden accused Cheney of not understanding that constitution says the job of VP falls under the Executive Branch. In his speech at the Democratic convention, he also joked about Cheney’s understanding of the document.

“For every American who is trying to do the right thing, for all those people in government who are honoring the pledge to uphold the law and honor the Constitution,” Biden said. “No longer will you hear the eight most-dreaded words in the English language, ‘The vice president’s office is on the phone.’”

The Delaware senator also couldn’t resist poking fun at the vice president when campaigning at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Washington in mid-October.

“I want to thank you for making this stadium today change, temporarily changing the name from Cheney Stadium to Obama-Biden Stadium for the day,” said Biden. “Besides, if it was Cheney Stadium, we’d be at an undisclosed location. You’d never have been able to find us.”

Biden used Cheney’s November 1 speech in support of John McCain and Sarah Palin to further the Democratic ticket’s case that their Republican opponents would continue the current administration’s failed policies, saying, “It’s not surprising. Dick Cheney has been wrong on everything for the last eight years, he’s on a roll.”

Cheney took on a far more powerful role as vice president than his predecessors had. Biden has said that he hopes to be a ‘confidante’ to president-elect Barack Obama, in the room for the important decisions and offering his judgment.

As for his new home: Biden has said he will still regularly go home to Delaware, though his grandchildren who live nearby in Washington are excited about the move because the new house has a pool.

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soundoff (99 Responses)
  1. Sarah in the South

    Can we take Joe's picture off of milk cartons now that he's been found? I wonder how may times Joe Biden referred to himself in the third person. We need to get him, Bob Barr, Bob Dole and Karl Malone in the same room. It would be the worlds record for third person only conversation.

    November 14, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  2. Tyran


    November 14, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  3. Jill American

    Cheney has a big fat check waiting for him from Haliburton .. probably 10 times the size of the one he got the day before he was sworn in. He doesn't care what happened to the country ... he's set for life as well as his cronies ... that's why his smile is so big!

    November 14, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  4. geecee827

    My sentiments exactly – Dorothy in NC. I am so thrilled to have Joe Biden as our V.P. He will bring respectability back to that office and he knows a lot of foreign policy. Sure, sometimes he is honest to a fault, but he doesn't lie. I have always felt Cheney was running the show for the past 8 years, and he did a really lousy job of it. Bush was way too stupid to make the horrible decisions he made all by himself.

    God Bless the Obamas and the Bidens – Hallelujah!

    November 14, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  5. Truth Hurts

    I know it is really hard to keep your composure when standing next to any of Bush administration!! LOL.!! Thank God we will have some real down to earth people in the White House soon!!

    November 14, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  6. Ruby

    Love the Biden! They can do no wrong.

    November 14, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  7. Ronald

    That had to be sicking meeting - Cheney has nothing to be shame of, HAH!!! He help distroy this county and oversaw this awful war, the killing of many women children and young men

    November 14, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  8. Mike

    Of course the Biden's came out alive and well. Cheney only shoots his friends in the face.

    November 14, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  9. Laura, Boston


    You know I am an Obama supporter and I am horrified at your blog. You don't know anything about the Palin's to make such a remark as saying they would have brought roaches.

    You know we won! We are supposed to be good winners! It's remarks like yours that give the other side good cause to make hateful comments back.

    Grow up and enjoy the next four years
    Laura, Boston

    November 14, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  10. Bill

    When will Biden start with the lies again? He just cant help it. Just remember, he graduated from four different universities.

    November 14, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  11. That Other Jerry

    Look closely; they're thumb wrestling behind their wives' backs.

    November 14, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  12. Rob

    I think one of Biden's first acts as VP should be to imprison the doctor that gave him the face-lift. Could his eyes be pulled back any more? Either that or Biden's the kind of guy who took a look at Kenny Rogers and Bruce Jenner and said, "You know, they look pretty good".

    November 14, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  13. Ronald

    Thank God the Biden escape from Cheney house - did they get de-bugged? This house should be inspected for 'bugs' before the Biden's enter it again and de-liced as well. Hopefully he works for the American people once he's in his new office.

    Bin Laden has out foxed American from the beginning – Remember it was his desire to drive down the American markets and thereby destroy it.... The Cheney/Bush/ Bin Laden admin have injured America like no other admin. has ever done in our past.

    November 14, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  14. Karen-phoenix

    What a contrast in honesty!!! God Bless you VP Biden and your family. You and Obama have soooo much work ahead of you to clean up this mess cheney and bush made. God Bless you and America thanks you!!!

    November 14, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  15. pam Eugene OR

    I hope Joe Biden returns the favor and visits Cheney in his new home. JAIL. That is were Cheney and Bush should go after January!

    November 14, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  16. No Name

    As a block everyone in my family voted for Obama and Biden. Their current appointments are a big disappointment. It looks like more of the same implosive PC thinking, especially on foreign policy, rather than real "change." What choice did we really have? Especially after Ron Paul bowed out.

    November 14, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  17. Ed Stack

    Dick Cheney and Joe we have the blind leading the changes

    November 14, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  18. Washington Observer

    Joe Biden finally got to see that "undisclosed location" where the Vice President hides out with on most days with the US Shadow Government.

    November 14, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  19. Matt

    @ TonyS, who said

    "Cheney civil to Biden after all Biden has said? Americans may be able to learn alot from that."

    Wow you missed the baot on that one. How about "Biden civil to Cheney after all Cheny has DONE?" Seriously, Cheney needs to go stand too close to the microwave.

    November 14, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  20. GT

    That has to be interesting. I don't know that I have ever met a crook face-to-face.

    November 14, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  21. rob

    Why didn't Biden slap the cuffs on Cheny and march him right down to jail. The Dem Pols and their friends in the MSM have created so much hatred of this admin it is scary. Now unfortunately if anyone dares to criticize this new admin the Dems and the MSM will try to silence them by calling them "haters" and racists etc. etc. etc.

    November 14, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  22. lovable liberal

    How is it that I didn't hear that Jill Biden is a doctor? Did CNN spend waaay too much time on Sarah Palin? I know what Todd Palin does.

    November 14, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  23. Don

    Hey Joe, have you picked out what room your hair stylist will occupy? How many cases of hair spray do you go through in a week?

    November 14, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  24. America will be free again

    Comedians will never go broke in America!! LOL LOL LOL

    November 14, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
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