Monday, January 5, 2009
It's Official: Bush to Replace Cheney
Written by John Zipperer at 1:49 PM
Okay, hear me out on this.
According to the schedule of events for inauguration day, January 20, sometime between 11:30 am and 12 noon EST Joe Biden will be sworn into office as the new vice president. However, Barack Obama doesn't take the oath until 12 noon. In between those two oath-takings, there will be a musical interlude performed by Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma (does he play at every big event these days?), Gabriela Montero, and Anthony McGill.
So, until Obama swears his oath and officially becomes our next president, is Biden technically the vice president to George W. Bush? Considering the poor service rendered by his chosen veep, Dick Cheney, for the past eight years, those five minutes might just be the shining highlight of his presidency.
I know, according to the Constitution, the presidential term of office begins at 12 noon on January 20. But since Cheney has stated that he rejects constitutional authority and does not believe the vice presidency is a part of the executive branch, then perhaps that little stipulation doesn't apply to him, either, and he'll be five minutes short of completing a full two terms in the Old Executive Office Building.