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. Hypocritical

    Don't worry nobody will miss either of these two losers!

    January 15, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  2. Cynthia

    Unfortunately, they are still around:( in other capacities.

    January 15, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  3. Simmy

    Goodbye Mr. Bush; I really mean it.

    Senators Clinton, Biden and Salazar, I congratulate you all, and look forward to wonderful years with you and our new administration.

    God bless you all!

    January 15, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  4. Maggie

    Bush's farewell.... it was a long time coming and it took too long to get here, especially since he wasn't supposed to have been in a job where we would have been subjected to his incompetency in the first place.

    In any place, the 8 year stretch of time that will go down as some of the worst in American presidential history has come to an end. How in the world do we explain the incompetency of those years to our children and our grandchildren, of how America was damaged during the 8 year reign of Bush and company?

    January 15, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. in TX

    Which two are you referring to as losers? Clinton and Biden? Biden and Salazar? Salazar and Clinton? Bush and Clinton? Bush and Biden? There is any number of combinations here...so be a little less ambiguous. I daresay whichever two you are referring to will be missed moreso than not unless you're referring to Bush and his approval rating are suggesting that as of right now...he won't be terribly missed.

    January 15, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  6. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Hello and goobye...........very common in politics........in with the new.......out with the old......a perpetual greeting and farewell.

    January 15, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  7. G.R.I.T.S - Girl Raised in the South

    Wow, Hypocritical, who pissed in your Cheerios this morning? You are right, though, no one will miss them because they'll still be around. You know, as V.P. and Sec. of State!

    January 15, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  8. in TX

    And Maggie...I agree with you wholeheartedly. You've made some excellent points. I don't know how we will be able to explain these eight year to the upcoming generations. As a history teacher, it will be complicated to explain everything thats happened in the last eight years. But honestly...we've survived the last eight, so it looks as though we can survive almost anything...

    January 15, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  9. Bridgette-PA

    Does anyone know how to spell GOODBYE in Russian?

    January 15, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  10. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Too bad the Senate 'hello' is no where near the caliber if the Senate 'goodbyes'.

    January 15, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  11. Timber

    As a New Yorker, I can say Hillary will be missed. She did our state proud. Thanks Hillary and best wishes!

    January 15, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  12. Lorna, NY

    I guess I'll be watching the cartoon network tonight!

    January 15, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  13. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    While CNN was blabbing incessantly about little of consequence, viewers missed a wonderful farewell speech by Senator Joe Biden, soon to be our new vice president.

    I watched it on CSpan, which is where I will be watching most of the Inauguration festivities. Reason: It is a real experience....all you hear is what is going on at the festivities, not the neverending blab blab of the media folks.

    Sometimes, however, I do watch CNN's wrapup if they have speakers who have something to offer and who aren't too poliltical.

    January 15, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  14. Jack in New Jersey

    "Hello, Good-bye, I don't know why you say Goodbye, I say Hello!"....John Lennon / Paul McCartney

    January 15, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  15. Hypocritical

    The best news is that 4 years from now after the "community organizer" is sent packing the next time we hear from Hillary or Joe will be thier obituaries.

    January 15, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  16. missywissy

    Welcome back Clintons! Real change indeed.

    January 15, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  17. AnaB

    @ missywissy: "Welcome back Clintons! Real change indeed."

    That "change" line has been done, time to get new material.

    January 15, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  18. Scarlett, MO

    Joe Biden:
    Good-bye and welcome Mr. Vice President.

    Hillary Clinton:
    Good-bye and welcome Madam Secretary

    Ken Salazar:
    Good-bye and welcome Secretary of the Interior

    George W. Bush:
    Good-bye and good riddance...may you rot....you know.

    Roland Burris:
    You're a low-life for taking that appointment and may you rot....well you know the rest.

    January 15, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  19. Shirley in California

    Well, I'm sure these senators knew what they were leaving behind when they accepted new positions. I'm sure there are plenty of qualified people to fill them. It's called change.

    January 15, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  20. JackNC

    Sounds much like a Four Weddings and a Funeral

    January 15, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  21. richard

    At least the Bush’s won't be stealing the place blind like the Clinton’s

    January 15, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  22. La Chatte

    Does this mean Ugly Betty will prempted?????

    January 15, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  23. John in AZ

    Couldn't agree more with Scarlett from MO. Burris is a low-life for accepting that appointment, an egomaniac. I don't doubt that he is qualified, or that he may do a good job. It's not a question of legality, but one of ethics.

    January 15, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  24. Remi Murphy

    To the citizens of the U.S., we have one President lets wish him well for the sake of us all.

    Barack Obama is the smartest president we have elected and he is not addicted to sex or money. Let's get gehind it.

    January 15, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  25. MDH

    When do we get to say hello to Al Franken?

    January 15, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
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