January 15th, 2009
10:28 AM ET
14 years ago

Four farewells and a hello

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/15/art.getty.capitol.dome.jpg caption="Amid all the farewells is a hello. Roland Burris is scheduled to be sworn in Thursday as the junior Senator from Illinois."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - It's a day of four farewells and a hello here in the nation's capitol.

President Bush goes in front of cameras in prime time tonight to give a farewell address to the country.

This morning Joe Biden says goodbye to the chamber where he's served for 36 years. The senior Senator from Delaware is stepping down in advance of his inauguration Tuesday as Vice President of the United States. Also giving farewell speeches today on the Senate floor are Senators Hillary Clinton of New York and Ken Salazar of Colorado. Clinton's in line to serve as Secretary of State in the incoming Barack Obama Administration and Salazar to serve as Interior Secretary. Both Clinton and Salazar are expected to be confirmed by the Senate.

Amid all these farewells is a hello. Roland Burris is scheduled to be sworn in this afternoon as the junior Senator from Illinois. Burris will be replacing Obama, who stepped down from his seat in November after winning the presidential election. Burris was named to the seat by embattled Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, who faces federal corruption charges and has been impeached by state lawmakers. Among the allegations is that Blagojevich tried to sell Obama's vacant Senate seat. Senate Democrats initially tried to keep Burris out of the Senate because of Blagojevich's legal and political troubles.

soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. zaphod2000

    Haven't we heard enough of this man in the last eight years? And to top it off he's speaking at 9p!! CSI is going to pre empted for this airhead.
    Welcome everyone else leaving the Senate and taking on new jobs in what looks as an administration of hope and not lies and death as this one has been the last eight years!

    January 15, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  2. Bob the Observer

    Take the wrappers off, and beneath the Republican and Democrat, you still have the same tired old politicians playing the same old round of musical chairs.

    I really hope Obama can inject something fresh and new into Washington. I've been disappointed he hasn't done it yet. His best contribution may have been getting some boring partisan war horses out of the senate and house.

    I'm still waiting to hear a genuinely new name being appointed anywhere.

    January 15, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  3. jennifer, Houston

    Hypocritical... you shouldn't speak about president Bush and vp Cheney like that

    January 15, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  4. REG in AZ

    CNN: How can you justify your biased editing? There is nothing wrong with this post and there are several others that are questionable yet you post them, what is your criteria? Your slanted choosing does not represent an objective news media!

    Once more we will be subjected to the bold nerve of this sociopathic man as he tries to BS his way into the hearts of the Americans he ignored, neglected, lied to, used and exploited. Lately there seems a concerted effort, mainly by those co-responsible, to sell GWBush (& Cheney) as an imperfect but honest and conscientious president and now he is going to give it another try himself. He is trying hard to overcome the strong negative feelings that he has created and is trying to do it the same way he has always done everything, by arrogantly and belligerently doing whatever he wants and then just spouting rhetoric, with cocky abandon, aimed to manipulate public opinion. It seems doubtful that this spoiled man has ever had a sincere thought for other than himself or ever even a conscience that inhibited him and now he is rightly stuck with the reputation he earned. It would have been better had he just gracefully disappeared but in any case, he should not be easily forgotten. The sympathy and forgiveness he doesn’t have the strength of character to ask for should never be his, as all who come after and those who supported him should know well that his style can’t ever be tolerated again and GWBush should now live with the knowledge that he is thought to be ‘the worst president ever’.

    January 15, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
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