January 21st, 2009
08:10 PM ET
9 years ago

Another sign being VP is different than being president

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/21/art.photo.cnn.jpg caption=".](CNN) - As is customary with the change in administration, on Wednesday the Pentagon hoisted the new photograph of President Obama at the entrance where official visitors and heads of state are brought in.

But his second-in-command will have to wait. Instead of a picture of Vice President Joe Biden, there is just a hook to hold the photo. It turns out the Washington Headquarters Services had not yet received the official photo of the vice president, so there was no photo to hang.

Biden is not the only number two without pictorial representation. There’s another blank space on the wall for the new Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn, who has been nominated but not confirmed.

Filed under: Joe Biden • President Obama
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. No Hillary = No Obama

    Our government would do well to just cut the pomp and protocol and get to the chase.

    January 21, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  2. Pete

    That's a horrible pic of the president. Looks like a happy-snappy. That white wall is yukky. For $9.95 I'll take a better one.

    January 21, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  3. Bald Ex-Soldier

    Any good soldier knows his/her chain of command. The photo is good, for those soldiers who live under rocks and need to know who is Commander in Chief, and who his 2nd and 3rd are.. Don't want them walking in to a room and no one knows who they are...

    Here is hoping that this Command in Chief and his staff will protect our soldiers as the precious resource they are. Even pawns have worth and shouldn't be wasted on fruitless activities...

    January 21, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  4. vicky

    That is a very nice photo!

    January 21, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  5. DIZIZI31

    Where is Joe? Not middle east Joe, the VP. We don't have his picture yet!!! Fire that staffer.

    January 21, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  6. Lauren

    The staffer is obviously new and getting "on the job training" like the president, so cut him or her some slack.

    January 21, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  7. Judy from PA

    I pray that Obama stays healthy for 4 years.

    January 21, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  8. Capin Obvious

    he's been too busy wheelin' Cheney out of his office!

    January 21, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  9. TheBubs

    Where was Sarah Palin? Too busy to attend the Inauguration?

    January 21, 2009 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  10. Steamboat

    They have plenty of "before" the hair plugs pictures in a warehouse in Maryland.

    January 21, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  11. Marty

    How is this news???

    January 21, 2009 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  12. bayo

    Joe, pls hurry up.

    January 21, 2009 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  13. Rave

    Be patient..they will hang it when they get his picture.
    Joe must be busy doing some real work, unlike the worst ever VP: Dick Cheney

    January 21, 2009 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  14. Matt, Chico, CA

    Oh no, how will we ever function without a picture

    January 21, 2009 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  15. AnaB

    This is so not news. Next.

    January 21, 2009 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  16. florida.jack

    hey marty,

    have you ever had a moment of fun in your life??

    chill, dude!!

    January 21, 2009 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  17. Texas Teacher

    They will get him a photo, I am sure. And THIS is news? 🙂

    Steamboat... go take a dip.... you need one... when you cannot debate the issue... you debate the person. You lost... sad, but true.

    January 21, 2009 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  18. hugh ~ california

    Who cares about this trivia fact?

    January 21, 2009 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  19. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Thank God Dick Cheney's photo has been removed, with that said we can wait for VP Biden's photo.

    January 21, 2009 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  20. mar

    Is this guy Obama for real, or what? Obama is going to change so many things for the better. In less than 24 hours, he's already proven that.

    January 21, 2009 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  21. Kevin

    Get the picture of my Vice-President up Now.....We all love Joe Biden. He had so much fun Yesterday. I wanted to see Hillary as VP, but Joe is really the best person for the job...GET HIS PICTURE ON THAT WALL.

    January 21, 2009 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  22. worriedmom

    CNN, have you got nothing to report????? why do we care about not having a picture of Biden at the moment?

    January 21, 2009 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  23. Gary

    CNN, are you that desperate for something to report that you subject us to this?

    January 21, 2009 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  24. Say goodnight,goodnight

    Joe,not your football photo,please.TCM told me he will only use mens names tomorrow.He thinks they are after him,poor deluded little fellow.

    January 21, 2009 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  25. C.D. Wallace

    Perhaps they were sent via DHL?

    January 21, 2009 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
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