January 16th, 2009
01:35 PM ET
13 years ago

Biden's son back from Iraq for the inauguration

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/16/art.bidens0116.gi.jpg caption="Beau Biden has returned from Iraq in order to see his father sworn in as vice president on Tuesday."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The son of Vice President-elect Joe Biden has returned from Iraq to the United States to attend the inauguration of his father and President-elect Barack Obama, a military spokesman said.

Beau Biden, who deployed to Iraq as a captain in the National Guard, is in the United States on temporary duty, said Lt. Col. Leonard Gratteri, a spokesman for the Delaware National Guard.

Biden plans to take several days of leave to attend inaugural events, he said.

The president-elect and vice president-elect are scheduled to take their oaths of office in Washington on Tuesday.

Updated: 1:35 p.m.

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soundoff (204 Responses)
  1. Scott

    Guess it pays to have the incoming VP as your father. Wonder how his troops feel about? I'm sure thats not a concern....

    January 16, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  2. frankie

    outrageous preferencial treatment!
    the guy just left a few months ago.....
    and they will get away with it
    shame on Biden, shame on the Dems, shame on the people that voted for these clowns

    January 16, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  3. CATS

    Can you imagine the uproar if it had been a child of GW Bush or another Republican being extended such a courtesy?

    January 16, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  4. itbeme

    must be nice to have people in high places......what about all the other troops that would like to be home for special events....like the birth of a child.....a child's gradutaion or wedding.....yada yada yada.......Biden's kid should be treated just like any other Soldier, Airman or Marine seving in Iraq.

    January 16, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  5. tishoogle

    Robin..Thank Bush and Cheney for not having these young people home! Don't start knocking Biden son for being on leave! Let's be POSITIVE! OBAMA!

    January 16, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  6. stacey

    I agree with Robin – there are many soldiers who never even get to meet their children – maybe then they should get to go home for the births of them.

    January 16, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  7. Robin

    Al, NY NY:

    Ask McCain about staying behind because it would not be fair to his fellow soldiers to leave the Hanoi Hilton early.

    Don't be so narrow minded and think that Bush and Cheney are what defines the GOP.

    January 16, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  8. demwit

    Of course he's home..., the war is lost!

    January 16, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  9. Amy

    Hey Al, at least they served their country. Clinton didn't nor Obama! So say what you want about Cheney and Bush.

    January 16, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  10. Jaz

    I'm a Democrat, but I have to agree with those who think Biden's son got special treatment. How is it more important to watch your father be inaugurated than it is to be there for the birth of your child?

    January 16, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  11. May

    Capt. Biden should stay stateside.

    January 16, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  12. Alex Badme, Albuquerque, NM

    More special treatment for the Political Elite

    January 16, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  13. Messiah watch

    The Obama/Biden Marxist-Leninist say "egalitarianism for thee but not for me". This is a horrible way to start the most radically left administration in history. Shame on them.

    January 16, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  14. brenda

    if any of you even thought for just a moment that the dem. party cared about you and yours, you were obviously suffering from a momentary lapse in sanity. The Dems will always put themselves and their families first and they will always demand that the republicans and every other party pay for it. Dont beleive me? watch, listen and read. every time to see the dems even contemplating the spending of money, any time any of them want to "write" something into law then ask yourself who pays and who benefits? you will always find that the dems benefit.

    January 16, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  15. Pat Coykendall

    Gee, I guess it really helps to have your father in the v.p. chair. What about all the other boys over there. What a slap in the face for our military.

    January 16, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  16. Messiah watch

    The more I think about this egregious act of favoritism the agrier I get. My son couldn't come for the birth of this child or the death of his grandmother.

    January 16, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  17. Nice to get favors

    How nice for him to get special treatment. What a joke this is

    January 16, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  18. Lynn in NM

    Isn't that convenient? I think every soldier should be allowed to come home for a while, since we are making special exceptions for Biden.

    January 16, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  19. Jean2

    Complainers remember we are human beings.

    Service personel often take personal leave or have you not heard???

    They fight our wars, put their lives on hold, put themselves is present danger, and ask very little in return.


    January 16, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  20. demwit

    The military regulary allows troops leave for family illness and/or death. Which fits in this case because of the impending death of our capitalistic society by free spending Obamaniacs..

    January 16, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  21. itbeme

    RB.....you don't have to worry about bush ever having to make this kind of choice.....bush baby would never let one of his kids GO to Iraq......he'd just have grandpa pull some strings to let them stay state side and show up when they wanted to. That's how he did it, isn't it??

    January 16, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  22. geraldine

    Get used to it folks – what were bad behaviors of Bush's administration will be accepted or even lauded practices of Obama's.

    For example, how many articles have been written in the MSM about exessive spending on the Inauguration? quite a few...back in 2005...

    January 16, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  23. Oz

    I don't think this is a Dem/Rep Issue. I am a 8 year Air Force Vet of Iraqi Freedom and would say flat out this would not be extended to an enlisted man. An officer, well that's a different story. Plenty of times I saw officers get preferential treatment for family matters where enlisted men would not get a sniff.

    This officer just happens to be the son of the vice-president elect. It is important to note that the order did not come from the JCS or President Bush/Pres-Elect Obama, but a Colonel in the Deleware ANG.

    January 16, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  24. Tim

    well my cousin had to miss the birth of his son while in Iraq.....no leve permitted....I guess it pays to be connected. You can't be given a leave for your son's birth but you can go see a silly thing like this. Amazing....geez one would think the NY times would have a problem with this,

    January 16, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  25. scdemocrat

    All you PRESIDENT ELECT Obama haters are in for a long 4-8 years. I recommend going to your doctor and getting on some anti-depressants or just relax a little. I understand that not all soldiers get to come home for special events, but his father is being sworn in as the Vice President of the United States, which is a pretty big deal. I doubt any of you would be complaining if Sen. McCain had won and Gov. Palins son was coming home.

    January 16, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
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