June 17th, 2009
04:25 PM ET
12 years ago

Biden: Remember me? I used to work here

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - Joe Biden returned to his old stomping grounds Wednesday wearing three hats: vice president, historian, and comedian.

Biden delivered the keynote address at the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee's Green Jobs Summit.

The vice president needled his former colleagues. "I just want to remind you guys I hope you remember me. I used to work here. So easily how they forget," he said.

Biden served in the Senate for 36 years before being elected vice president.

The summit was held in the caucus room of the Russell Senate office building, which inspired Biden to discuss the room's history.

"It's good to be home in this room. This is - business folks and labor leaders probably know - but this is one of the most historic rooms in the United States Senate," said Biden.

"John Kennedy announced his run for the presidency here. This was the room in which the Bork hearing took place. And this is the room in which the Clarence Thomas hearing took place. Over which I presided on both of them and I am so glad to be here not talking about the Supreme Court. Umm... laugh a little bit, guys. Come on - you're a stiff audience here, man."

–CNN's Virginia Nicolaidis contributed to this report.

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soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Way to go Joe. Give them a history lesson.

    June 17, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. Dawn in Pa

    Oh say it isn't so Joe! Joe you are alright... Just don't put your foot in your mouth Joe... No smiles Joe...

    Bye Joe, have a great day....

    June 17, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. phoenix86

    This was the room where the dems launched a personal attack against one of the finest judicial minds ever to be considered for the Supreme Court. This is the room where Biden finally sold his measely soul to the far left fringe.

    As for JFK, if he were alive today he would be a republican.

    June 17, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  4. Paul from Phoenix

    I wonder how much of his speach was plagerized.

    June 17, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  5. Cali J

    Biden is probably the most overated politician on earth. Amazing to believe that he could potentially take over if something were to happen to Obama. This country absolutely lost it's mind last November.
    He has got to be the goofiest man ever to hold the VP post. God help us.

    June 17, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  6. TomJay

    Must be alot quieter in the Senate without Biden pontificating, bloviating, and just generally running off at the mouth.

    June 17, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  7. Trade Freedom for Security, Lose Both

    Good thing for Joe that his boss doesn't apply the same standard of job performance he did for Inspector General Walpin.

    June 17, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  8. LIP

    Yes Joe, we all remember the circus atmosphere you created for the Honorable Clarence Thomas and all the questions you had for him and in particular, I recall how embarrassed I was for him. How could we forget that "room" and those at the front table.

    June 17, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    @ Cali J

    As if Sarah Palin would be any better. HA.

    June 17, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  10. Tim for Delaware

    Thank god that he doesn't come home that much anymore. Delaware has suffered long enought but I am sorry DC, I feel your pain.

    June 17, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |

    I still feel better knowing he is VP and not Sarah Palin!!

    June 17, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  12. TCM

    Biden's legacy – athelete's tongue from foot perpetually in mouth....

    June 17, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  13. Go Away Biden

    Joe get on the train and just go home. You are a walking and talking joke -

    June 17, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  14. dk

    JFK is spinning in his grave at the thought that anyone would ever think he would be part of the Republican party . . . . ever!

    June 17, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  15. Robin

    Obama picked Biden so he would look strong.

    June 17, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  16. Darrie

    Next to Sarah Palin, Joe Biden is EINSTEIN!!!!

    June 17, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  17. Seattle Rocks

    All I have to say is thank God he's VP and not Sarah Palin!!

    June 17, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  18. Darrie

    Next to Dick Cheney, Joe Biden is St. Peter!!!!

    June 17, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  19. Darrie

    Next to Dick Cheney, Joe Biden is St. Peter!!!! Next to Sarah Palin, Joe Biden is EINSTEIN!!!!

    June 17, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  20. Joe in CA

    Jey Cali J post # 5. No the goofiest man was DAN QUAIL!!! the most corrupt VP, DICK CHENEY. Amazing, both under a BUSH.

    June 17, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  21. LacrosseMom

    Everyday, no matter what the topic the vile comments of the GOP continue. And you, people, wonder why Americans call you hate-mongers?

    June 17, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  22. Pat, CA

    Why is it that - whenever I see or hear Biden - I think of Charlie McCarthy, the ventriloquist dummy!

    June 17, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  23. gt

    joe needs to be quite and keep his mouth shut , this way we dont have to hear his blow hard not funny comments ,,,,,,shhhhhhhh be quite

    June 17, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  24. True Blue Grandma

    JFK started the Peace Corps, cared about Civil Rights, cared about the poor. He would NEVER have been a Republican. I didn't agree with everything he ever did (Bay of Pigs and infidelity come to mind) but he had a presidential vision for America. And what makes you think the Republicans would have accepted him in the 1960s? He was a (gasp!) Catholic!

    June 17, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  25. obama is a socialist

    Great guy.........

    June 17, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
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