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

Biden's son back from Iraq for the inauguration

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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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  1. Smitty

    If Bush/Cheyney had'nt started this whole mess in Iraq then we would'nt be having this conversation!

    Joe was at Beau's bedside when he was sworn in as a Senator many years ago, now this is a chance for Beau to return the gesture.

    Glad you're home Beau!

    January 16, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  2. Lynn

    It might not be a "courtesy" or "priviledge" consideration at all, but a security consideration, much like pulling Prince Harry out of his unit. I would not be surprised at all if it was eventually brought to light that Capt. Biden was brought home to minimize/eliminate the risk to his life on inauguration day, along with the potential fallout if the son of the newly inaugurated VP were to be killed by terrorists on the very day of that swearing-in.

    January 16, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. Jennifer

    The military does this on occasion Temporary orders are not a free trip home. Don't offend other military members who have been given this treatment by the military you just don't hear about it on the news. Oh and Lou, you would not believe the amount of money the military spends on truly ridiculous things thats just the way it is. Also do you complain each time a service man takes a mac flight somewhere? Geez what is your problem?

    January 16, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  4. Suet

    Oh Yes Biden son is just as important as anyone else over in Iraq and he should be given the chance to come home and see his father sworn in as VP.......you people out there are still wearing your sore loser shirts because Obama is President and you have to have something to grip about, you people will continue to grip about anything and everything during Obama's term(s).......every President elected has had an inaugruation parties and they have all spent big money, and Obama's should be no different, I don't care how many people are hurting in this country........Bush has spent 10 billion dollars a month on this war in Iraq that would have helped a lot of people too and probably not have gotten us into this mess we are in......so sit back and shut up

    January 16, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  5. Phil

    Kirk, I did the math. In a best case scenario, 100 million would bail out 1,000 mortgages, and that's only if they only owed 100,000 or less. Which is probably not very common.

    People have created a problem that is too big for their government to fix. Time to be a big boy, and stop sticking your hand out. If you are a Republican, you should really be 100% against money going to pay people's mortgages. Although we see enough deviation from their values that it's no longer surprising.

    January 16, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  6. M

    why would you bash this??
    youre trying to critique the fact the the VP's son is coming home?
    why dont you look at him for he really is... a soldier.
    be thankful for that at least.

    January 16, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  7. Mike

    Now this is the true American spirit. Glad to see we are still a country divided.

    January 16, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  8. Bill from St. Louis

    It really doesn’t matter if you are the privileged son of a Republican or Democrat, the privileged have special perks.

    I don’t see any special orders being cut for Joe black private on the front lines coming back to see President elect Obama sworn into office.

    January 16, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  9. J.C.

    Only those that had volunteered in the Services can criticize others for not volunteering. In my opinion, all high school graduates should do at least one full year of either military training or community service so they can better appreciate a college education often funded by our tax dollars. This is also another way to make these young adolescents mature faster and become responsible citizens.

    January 16, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  10. t

    God bless him and his family. All the haters get a live and reach down
    in your soul only YOU can help yourself. This is a good thing.

    January 16, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  11. Steven

    Lou, serve first and then talk about the process. He's going to be charged R&R leave. Get a clue. I've been there, done that.

    January 16, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  12. EC

    Wonderful, God Bless him for serving our country.

    January 16, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  13. man from ct

    for all the DUMMIES, I’m pretty sure if you where becoming vice president, of cvs, or Wal-Mart, or even burger king they would not send you child from war back home to visit and be aprt of the ceremony. But this man is being nominated to VICE PRESIDENT OF THE United States of America, there is no favoritism with this it kinda just makes since. You people act as if he is staying in the states for like 9 mths then going back.

    January 16, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  14. torn up

    Biden's son gets special treatment. Don't deny it, it is a fact of life.

    Do you honestly think the vp's son would be treated like any other's son? Come on.

    January 16, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  15. JJ12345

    Terry January 16th, 2009 9:32 am ET

    As I read about Joe Biden's son serving in Iraq, I can't help but think about George W. Bush's disgraceful lack of service in the Air National Guard. I also note that his daughters, who could have served, were going to expensive colleges while other girls were being shot at in Iraq.
    Do you feel the same about Bill and Chelsey Clinton? How about Obama did he serve? No.

    January 16, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  16. Salt

    Justanotherbeaker January 16th, 2009 10:33 am ET
    I think this is great allowing the VP elect's son the opportunity to see his father sworn in for this once (maybe twice) in a lifetime opportunity.

    I now expect my oldest to be allowed to come home in mid- to late May in order to see his brother graduate from high school (definitely something that will only happen once.)


    Thanks to your son for his service to the US, but this comment is pretty stupid. High school graduations are a part of everyone's life (unless you are a Palin or some other underachieving person). Being sworn in as the VP of the United States has only happened 44 times in American history.

    January 16, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  17. PJ

    For all complainers who are making a mountain out of a molehill on this issue and complain that we need 'do for one, do for all' – fine with me.
    I suggest we make it official – any serviceperson should be allowed to come home for the inauguration of a parent as President or VP.
    There you all happy now?

    January 16, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  18. Benn

    Hey! Clinton saw as much military action as "W" so get off the man's case about the war. He DID something to protect us.

    It's nice the Beau got to come home. We'd be having a different conversation of Sarah Palin's son were allowed to come home for her swearing in. The whacked out left would be screaming favoritism and all kinds of obscenities. Already we see that Obama isn't everything he promised to be to everyone.

    I believe my pleasure in the Obama prseidency will be eclipsed only by the dissappointment experienced by the kook fringe.

    January 16, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  19. David B.

    Hey, that's great. I didn't know the army granted furloughs for that type of thing.

    I'm sure all the guys serving in Iraq who have missed the births of their children at home will find this ridiculous story compelling!

    And for those on here who are knocking George Bush's National Guard service – Where did Barak Obama and Joe Biden serve? Oh, yeah, that's right. They didn't.

    January 16, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  20. niun

    Of course he has to come early he can't just watch it on tv. HE just went there for an act.

    January 16, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  21. vic

    I am so glad he gets to come home to see his dad sworn in as vice president! What a proud moment for him!!

    January 16, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  22. butters

    Grow up. Life isn't fair. Keep in mind, Conservatives, that this is your mantra "life isn't fair".

    He's the VPs son for crying out loud...he's going to get special treatment. So are Sasha and Malia. Just like Jenna and Barbara recieved. These people...people we have elected...ARE NOT LIKE EVERYONE ELSE and aren't going to be treated like everyone else.

    Quit with the elitist crap too! You mean to tell me that SP's son wouldn't have come back for her *gasp* swearing in?!?! GIVE ME A BREAK!

    January 16, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  23. chrystie

    Well, here we go – not even in office yet and there we are showing special favors.
    Too bad that they do not give everyone over there that privilege – I was extremely ill and my son was told he could not come home.

    January 16, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  24. Matt

    @ niun

    Oh you're so right...he gave up his position of Attorney General of Delaware and went to Iraq after receiving deployment orders all to scam the Amurikan peeplez!!!

    Seriously, the GOP and it's minions have learned NOTHING since November 4th.

    January 16, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  25. Brian Bedini

    If this was a Republican's son getting this special treatment, the liberal media would have a "special report" and break in on all the channels. It's funny how media works when it's in there favor. Nothing against the Bidens, it is a very special occasion, but it would be made into something of "privlage" if it were on the republican side, and all of you reading this KNOW IT.

    January 16, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
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