Mystery Solved!: What The Vice President Actually Does

You may have wondered, “What does the Vice President actually do?” We’ve rounded up some photos from the last few months of Vice President Joe Biden to help answer that question. Here, on September 25, 2009, Biden swears in Senator-designate Paul Kirk to Ted Kennedy’s Massachusetts Senate seat.

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September 25, 2009: Vice President Joe Biden gets on board a U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter before taking off to survey flood damage in Marietta, GA.

September 23, 2009: Biden speaks to senior citizens about health care reform at Leisure World in Silver Spring, MD.

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September 17, 2009: Biden eats lunch with troops at the Pegasus dining facility in Camp Liberty, Iraq.

September 16, 2009: Joe Biden holds a press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Malaki at the Prime Minister’s Residence in Baghdad.

September 10, 2009: Wu Bangguo, chairman of the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress, shakes hands with Vice President Biden at the White House.

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September 7, 2009: Biden and Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) kick-off a Labor Day parade in Pittsburgh, PA.

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August 19, 2009: Biden takes a trip to Jackson Middle School in Orlando, FL, to talk to teachers about the U.S. Recovery Act’s impact on education.

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August 18, 2009: Biden jokes with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton before a press conference by President Barack Obama and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

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August 3, 2009: Vice President Biden shakes hands with Marine Corps Staff Sgt. James Miller at a Fairfax, VA, event to mark the implementation of the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

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July 28, 2009: Vice President Biden announces $10.9 million in Recovery Act funding for the Philadelphia Police Department. That money put fifty officers on the street.


May 27, 2009: The Air Force Academy welcomes Vice President Joe Biden to its 2009 graduation ceremony.

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May 22, 2009: Lebanon’s Defense Minister Elias Murr shows off a tank to Biden during their review of American equipment donated to Lebanon.

May 22, 2009: Vice President Joe Biden and National Security Advisor Tony Blinken enjoy a helicopter landing in Kosovo.

May 14, 2009 : Vice President Joe Biden speaks in San Diego County with SEAL recruits.


April 24, 2009: Vice President Biden and President Barack Obama practice putting on the White House putting green.

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

April 6, 2009: Vice President Biden throws out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day at Camden Yards for the Baltimore Orioles.


April 2, 2009: Joe The Firefighter? Biden receives a jacket during the National Fire And Emergency Services Dinner in Washington.

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March 30, 2009: Biden attends a multilateral meeting at Casa Presidencial in San Jose, Costa Rica. Front row, left-to-right: Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom, Vice President Biden, Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, El Salvadorean then-President Tony Saca, El Salavadorean then-President-elect Mauricio Funes, Panamanian President Martin Torrijos. Second row, left to right: Honduran then-Vice President Aristides Mejia, Belizean Prime Minster Dean Barrow, Nicaraguan Assistant Foreign Minister Manuel Coronel.

March 28, 2009: Vice President Joe Biden parades past a Chilean military guard at the Chilean Presidential palace, La Moneda, for dinner with President Michelle Bachelet.

March 13, 2009: Vice President Biden and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis indoctrinating teaching kids at Solis’s swearing-in ceremony.

March 13 2009: At Washington’s Union Station, Vice President Joe Biden announces an increase in Amtrak funding. As a Senator, Biden used the Acela regional train to commute home to Delaware.


March 10, 2009: Vice President Joe Biden attends a NATO meeting in Brussels.


February 27, 2009: Vice President Biden and Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) took the train to the first meeting of the Middle Class Task Force, which Biden chairs.

February 23, 2009: George Clooney and Vice President Joe Biden discuss Sudan-US policy.


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