January 6th, 2009
01:33 PM ET
14 years ago

Cheney swears in Biden

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/06/art.senate.cnn.jpg caption="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. Andrew

    Say Chris, Palin actually talked about writing policy which the vice president does not do. So maybe you need to pay attention as to what she was saying. And Cheney claimed that he was not part of the executive branch, even though he has the title VICE PRESIDENT.

    January 6, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  2. Gerda Edwards

    WRT Ryan @ 1:17

    By the way, I also couldn't help but notice the usual Bush/Cheney/conservative bashing going on here. Get over it people. Bush won over eight years ago and again four years ago. You never gave him a chance, let along got over it two weeks before he took over.

    January 6, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  3. Andy

    That's going to be one hell of a shoe fight!!!!!

    January 6, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  4. RealityKing

    I wonder who Joe is selling his Senate seat to...

    January 6, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. aware

    Reid and co are arrogant, inept bumblers! Burris will be seated!

    PEBO bought his way into Washington and Blago takes heat? 🙁

    January 6, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
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