As Delaware's Senior, U.S. Senator Joe Biden ( D ), is about to take office with President-Elect Barack Obama ( D ) , as Vice-President of the United States, here is a grainy, look back at the first day he came to represent the First State on capitol hill as Senator-Elect and the emotionally charged day he was sworn in to the office.
The light-hearted story, pegged on the circumstances created by Biden's youth, is from the ABC Evening News with Harry Reasoner on November 21, 1972, and is reported by Bob Clark.
The next, sobering clip is from NBC Nightly News with John Chancellor on January 5th, 1973.
In the weeks following his election and before taking the oath of office , Joe Biden's wife and daughter died in a tragic automobile accident. His two sons were hospitalized in Wilmington Delaware . He stayed with his children and could not be sworn in with the rest of the incoming class of legislators on capitol hill.
Here, he takes the oath and addresses reporters at the hospital in Delaware, with his recovering sons at his side.