The Bidens and Cheneys Meet and Greet
Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne Cheney, and Vice President-elect Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, met today at the vice president's residence in Washington before both issuing brief, innocuous statements.
From the pool report, with minor modifications:
The Bidens' SUV pulled up at the covered driveway at 5 p.m. as the Cheneys came out to greet them on the porch for the tour.
"Hey folks, how are you?" Joe Biden said to the press after exiting the rear passenger-side front door of the SUV.
Biden greeted Cheney, "Mr. Vice President, how are you doing?"
"Joe, how are you?" Cheney replied, offering congratulations on Biden's victory last week.
Biden waited for Jill Biden to exit the SUV and joined her as they walked up the steps to where the smiling Cheneys waited to greet them.
Mrs.Cheney arranged the foursome for the front-porch photo: Left to right: Vice President Cheney, Mrs. Cheney, Mrs. Biden, Vice President-elect Biden.
Biden told the pool he previously only has been on the downstairs level at the residence.
With that, they entered for the tour, and pool was disbanded.
At 6:05 p.m., Megan Mitchell of the vice president's office issued a statement.
"Vice President Cheney and his wife Lynne were pleased to welcome Vice President-elect Biden and his wife Jill to the Naval Observatory this afternoon," it said. "It was a good visit. The Cheneys enjoyed giving the Bidens a tour of the residence and wished them well as they make it their home in January. The meeting lasted a little over 50 minutes."
Later, Biden's spokesperson also issued a statement. "The Vice President-elect and Dr. Jill Biden met with Vice President Cheney and his wife Lynne at the Naval Observatory this evening. The Bidens thank the Cheneys for welcoming them into their home and for their gracious hospitality," said Elizabeth Alexander.
Posted at 7:41 PM ET on Nov 13, 2008
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