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.

Filed under: Dick Cheney • Joe Biden
soundoff (99 Responses)
  1. joe smith

    great: now, we see the cia says bin laden is just a weary traveler, out in the hinderlands..question is how do they know..and if they know, why don't they just ship him to gitmo..cheneny/bush could have a little question and answer session until jan. 20th..

    November 14, 2008 05:41 am at 5:41 am |
  2. Outsider

    Great way to go forward! Sen Biden , God bless you and your family! You will be a great vice prez.

    November 14, 2008 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  3. Dorothy in NC

    It will sure be wonderful when Cheney is out of office. I agree with Biden when he said Cheney IS the most dangerous Vice President we ever had. I believe he was the one actually running the country, not Bush. I am glad the Cheney was gracious in meeting with the Biden's. That is the least he could do.

    November 14, 2008 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  4. Dawn

    and the Bidens came out "ALIVE!"

    November 14, 2008 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  5. woman against palin

    Wouldn't you have loved to been a fly on the wall!

    November 14, 2008 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  6. tws1906

    "I can see a moving van from my house." Pack your stuff and go.

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08/'12

    November 14, 2008 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  7. Mike T. Vaughn

    Watch out for Gunshots Joe, keep and eye on Cheney

    November 14, 2008 06:49 am at 6:49 am |

    And this is important because?

    November 14, 2008 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  9. Jeremiah

    Although he will not adnit it, this visit must have been humiliating for Biden.

    Shows that one must be careful what one says during the campaign.

    Especially when it comes to personal attacks.

    I would not go to the house of anybody I consider dangerous.

    Unless I have a gun under my jacket ..... ### !!!

    November 14, 2008 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  10. Charlie in Maine

    Good luck Joe, remember "don't look directly into his eyes."

    November 14, 2008 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  11. Jon

    Cue up the moronic "He should be tried for war crimes" comments.

    November 14, 2008 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  12. Jeff from Jersey

    Beware of hunting trips,wiretaps,booby traps,secret meetings and get the place de-bugged Joe!Those are the things that Cheney is good at.Better check to see if there is still a Constitution and a Bill of Rights while your at it because Bush wasn't capable of thinking about this stuff.He's too busy trying to say nuclear!

    November 14, 2008 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  13. Scott Tucson

    So we will see the transfer of power from the "Most dangerousr vice-president in American history" to one that will be the most arrogant and gaff prone vice-president.

    November 14, 2008 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  14. BARRY is a snake

    Biden is literally, a walking, talking fool with wind up doll stature and intelligence.

    Bye Mr. Cheney... too bad the honorable home you occupied for 8 years will now be occupied by the biggest foreign policy idiot he world has ever seen...

    Thank you Mr. Cheney and Mr. Bush for at least keeping us safe. With Obama and Biden at the helm now, we might as well take an eraser and remove all our borders and let all the Hectors’ run in…

    November 14, 2008 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  15. Fary from ATL

    We can all give a huge sigh of relief once Cheney leaves the office and his residence. "8 is enough"! Enough of lies, deception, and greed, and abuse of power. I wonder what he will do next?
    I hope he goes hunting with his friends again, and his friend has improved his skills (*wink* *wink* Palin style)!

    November 14, 2008 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  16. abraxis

    Cheney was the puppeteer for the last 7/12 years on many issues. This is why the country cannot elect a village idiot to be the head of the executive branch.

    A village in Texas is getting its idiot back and Darth Vader is out of government. A bright day indeed!

    November 14, 2008 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  17. CNN Sucks

    Along with Hillary at State, I would think Bill Ayers would do great at the Defense Department. Perhaps Chris Dodd as Treasury Secretary. A fine group all !

    November 14, 2008 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  18. TonyS

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

    November 14, 2008 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  19. CNN Sucks

    A pool ? A pool ? I would think with the economic collapse caused by the Democrats that Biden would not even think of making use of such a luxury at this point. Shame on him and shame on CNN for funding the Democrat Party.

    November 14, 2008 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  20. CNN Sucks

    Lynne Cheney is also a "Dr." Why didn't the Biden campaign use that reference and why didn't CNN correct it.

    November 14, 2008 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  21. Jeanette Scott

    I would like to give Mr. Cheney some advice....He should never again think he is the most important person in the United States. Always remember what go around, come back around.

    Both he and Mr. Bush was placed in office in 2000 by the United States, not by he American voters. Over the past eight years they have made a total mess of this country. Both he and Mr. Bush should read the Bible about wrong doing.

    God Bless Obama and the Democrats. Their policies just works better for the country.

    November 14, 2008 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  22. 1/20/13

    I just saw an article that said Biden and Obama first big military purchase was going to be 1 million white flags......I wonder what those will be used for? Strange

    November 14, 2008 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  23. Darron R. Brown MD

    I ought to be a political analyst for CNN. Six months ago I told my daughter, a devoted Hillary Clinton supporter, that Clinton will be the next Madeline Albright. One month ago I told her that I was glad Clinton was not the VP choice, as her talents are needed as Sec. of State. I truely hope she accepts, as we all need her now.

    November 14, 2008 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  24. bill

    biden one word for you and your wife. FUMAGATE THE PLACE BEFORE YOU MOVE IN.GET RID OF THE STINCH

    November 14, 2008 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  25. Jeff Brown

    You missed your opportunity to push the traitor down the stairs!

    November 14, 2008 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
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