U.S. Vice President Joe Biden grabs some attention during the swearing-in of Defense Secretary Ash Carter. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Vice President Joe Biden stole the show at the swearing-in of new U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter Tuesday (February 17) by exercising his avuncular manner and getting close to Carter's wife, Stephanie Carter. Tuesday, Biden swore Carter in at a White House ceremony after the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly voted to confirm him last week. Carter, age 60, served from 2011 to 2013 as deputy defense secretary, the Pentagon's No. 2 position. He was confirmed by a vote of 93-5 on Thursday. In a message to Department of Defense staff that was made public by the Pentagon, Carter said a top priority would be dealing with congressional funding limits that create "wasteful uncertainty" for defense programs. "To win support from our fellow citizens for the resources we need, we must show that we can make better use of every taxpayer dollar," Carter said.