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. FAYE, NV

    Glad that he can attend the inaguration, how wonderful.

    January 16, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  2. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    maybe all you idiots complaining should join up and serve over there for at least 15 minutes before you bash the idea of J. Biden Jr., getting to get to come home to see his dad sworn in as VP.

    January 16, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  3. Sam

    okay people. his dad is going to be the vice president of the united states of america. he is coming home to witness a historic, national event.

    then he goes back. NOT A BIG DEAL

    January 16, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  4. bettyc, Havre de Grace, MD

    Good. After the way this family has supported one another in the darkest times, they should experience the best times together.

    January 16, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  5. Phil

    This is Bush's war, not Obama's. It would be scandalous if Bush's family did this. But they are against the war. Obama's going to bring all the troops home. To the detriment of the Soldier of Fortune wackos in the Republican party.

    January 16, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  6. JJ12345

    Hall for Obama January 16th, 2009 10:48 am ET

    Bush Child will never go to war and fight for you, so get over that way of think. Did Bush go to war?
    Did Clinton? Did Obama? Get off your high horse.

    January 16, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  7. Phil

    This is Bush's war. It would be scandalous if Bush did this, not people who are against the war.

    January 16, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  8. sg

    Boy – that Joe Biden is just one of us isn't he! No preferential treatment in that family. I wonder if Sarah Palin's or John McCain's sons are coming home for the corronation?

    January 16, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  9. TM in CO

    I know of at least 2 people who missed the birth of their first children because they were deployed in Iraq. This is wrong. Beau should have stayed in Iraq and watched it on AFN (if they have it there in Iraq). I voted the Obama/Biden ticket, but this is purely and simply special treatment......................

    January 16, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  10. TomD

    This is all foolish. We'll be bringing all our soldiers home shortly. This should be a day of celebration for everyone in the military. Haliburton stock is gonna take it in the shorts though. LOL!

    January 16, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  11. Outraged Democrat

    I plan to treat Obama like the democrats treated Bush. You libs will just have to get over it.

    January 16, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. Sarah

    Nice. It's an amazing moment for his father and the country. He should be there!

    January 16, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  13. James

    Wow look at all the pro Americans attacking our "heros" i guess when the coin is flipped you all look pretty stupid huh? goes both ways baby, keep crying and cying all you Bush supporters your all full of hot air, i would be too if i was that brainwashed. Its so clear that the United States needs to take a long hard look at the lack of education in this country. Hurry hurry everyone save the legacy, spread the blame, learn nothing, yay!!! way to be productive, its all me me me with these crazies.

    January 16, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  14. Dick in Sioux Falls

    I read with interest the Republican attacks on the special treatment being afforded Beau.
    Where were they when George W. was jumped over 50 on the waiting list for an Air National Guard post in Texas so he could avoid being drafted for Vietnam? At least 3 of the 50 he was immorally jumped over later gave their lives in Vietnam after being drafted.
    This is a part of the Bush heritage I don't hear being mentioned on the way to rewriting history..

    January 16, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  15. KLS

    God bless Beau Biden for his service to our great nation!!!
    Because of the brave men and women just like him, each person who wrote the hateful emails have the "right" to their freedom of speech.
    I'm thankful the military allowed him to return home to attend this historic moment in our nation's history.
    God Bless America!
    God Bless our Troops!!
    God Bless the Biden Family!!!
    God Bless President Obama and his family!!!

    January 16, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  16. Breaking News

    Dont believe the Limbaugh kids who claim to be vets on here,the little wimps havent even got out of their mom and dads cellar.They are on from morning till late at night using a number of names and spewing moronic verbage.

    January 16, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  17. Laura in FL

    THANK YOU BETTYC and Sam!!!!

    January 16, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  18. andrea

    This is great and the right thing to do. I am happy for the whole Biden Family, they should all be together on this special Day.

    January 16, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  19. Linda from Minnesota

    You people all need to get a grip. Will this really make a difference in any of your lives? No. Leave people alone or get a hobby or something. Worry about stuff that really matters and forget about whether Beau Biden gets to come home or not. Geez.

    January 16, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  20. wake up people

    Can you say..."Special Treatment"

    January 16, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  21. Brian Bedini

    I certainly believe J. JR should be home for this occasion, and I thank him for his service!!!!!!! My comment is more towards the LOB-SIDED Media that picks and chooses the SPIN they put on things. Any child or family member DESERVES to be there....at any expense. I also hope this tag-team does good for the U.S. We need it.

    January 16, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  22. Another Iowan

    So, another example of the promise of change. I will be looking forward to see more of his changes. Take a look at all of his choices so far – that should tell everyone who voted for him what to expect.

    January 16, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  23. Independent Voter

    if old raggdy palin had won the VP slot (go figure) all you haters would not have a problem with her son coming home from iraq to witness her swearing in so you need to keep your pig mouths shut!!

    God Bless President Obama, VP Biden and the First Familes!!

    Obama/Biden 2012

    January 16, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  24. Dick in Sioux Falls

    I am going to repeat what I sent a few minutes ago, because if I ever said any of this before, it was in a totally different context.
    I understand the bitterness of the conservatives in their attacks on Beau for getting to come home for his father's inauguration.
    But I repeat: Where was their protest when George W was being leapfrogged over 50 on the waiting list for the National Guard in Texas, at least 2 of whom gave their lives in Vietnam after being drafted? That perhaps was more immoral, in that George W never has served a day in harm's way, and failed even to uphold his oath as an officer and a defender of the Constitution.

    January 16, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  25. Chuck, Tennessee


    It hurts the morale of our troops when they see a person get special treatment because of who they are. Military members are away from their families for months at a time, miss their children's births, first steps, first words, birthdays, graduations, and the list goes on and on. If you don't know what it is like to serve your country and make these sacrifices, then just SHUT UP!

    Now, as someone who has served and made these sacrifices, I must say that THIS STINKS!

    January 16, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
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