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Elizabeth Warren Sworn In As First Female Senator From Mass.

Vice President Joe Biden administers the oath of office to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who’s accompanied by her husband, Bruce Mann, during a mock swearing in ceremony on Capitol Hill Thursday. (Cliff Owen/AP)

Vice President Joe Biden administers the oath of office to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who’s accompanied by her husband, Bruce Mann, during a mock swearing in ceremony on Capitol Hill Thursday. (Cliff Owen/AP)

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she’s going apartment hunting Friday. She says she wants to live within walking distance of her new office — the U.S. Capitol.

It was an ebullient Warren who appeared Thursday in a conference room borrowed from her new colleague, Democrat Charles Schumer, of New York, for interviews. Gone was the weariness from the long months of the campaign. It was replaced with energy and good humor.

When asked where she would be working, she laughed.

“No place,” she replied. “No, that’s not quite right. We’ve got a little temporary office. The offices will be reassigned. I’m trying to learn that this world now works on ‘Senate Standard Time.’ So I’ll learn.”

It was a day for Warren to recall her long road to becoming the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts. She brought a Bible she received in the third grade and has used ever since.

“She’ll be right up there with Teddy, in my opinion. She’s that much of a real deal.”
– Leo Fahey, Warren supporter

“It’s a pretty old Bible, and I guess that’s why it’s got nicks and dings all over it,” she said.

It’s a King James Bible, from which she’s been known to quote.

“Oh, I do,” she said. “I confess, I’m a King James fan. I understand the world has moved on, but for me it’ll always be with King James.”

The Bible reappeared in the Old Senate Chamber, where Vice President Joe Biden swore in each freshman senator.

“You’re going to put your left hand on the Bible and raise that right hand if you would,” Biden told Warren.

Immediately after swearing Warren in, Biden reminded her that she once gave him hell when she pushed for stronger regulations of the financial industry. This time, they laughed.

For the hundreds of supporters who traveled to Washington to celebrate Warren’s swearing-in, it was a historic moment. Warren had reserved the grand Kennedy Caucus Room, named after the three Kennedy brothers who served in the Senate, to greet her supporters. Leo Fahey, business manager of the Pipefitters Local in Boston, was among them.

“She’ll be right up there with Teddy, in my opinion,” Fahey said, referring to the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. “She’s that much of a real deal. Absolutely, I love her to death.”

Because she mobilized small donors across the country and eager volunteers throughout Massachusetts, Warren could make a difference in the next Senate race to replace John Kerry if he’s confirmed as secretary of state. But unlike Kerry, Vicki Kennedy and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Warren stopped short of endorsing Rep. Ed Markey, of Malden.

“I think he would make a great senator, but we gotta see what unfolds,” Warren said.

She declined to endorse anyone.

“Not at this moment,” she said. “Let’s see what happens.”

Many people in Washington, Massachusetts and around the country are waiting to see what Warren makes happen now that she has a chance.

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  • Dick B

    Every sound bite from this woman states that she will FIGHT for the middle class. We need these people to do less FIGHTING and more negotiating.
    Stop using the word FIGHT. You are a senator now.

  • BostonSteve

    I predict this woman does not fulfill her senate term based on mental instability issues.

  • sk8sonh2o

    Go Lizzie Go Barney Go Lizzie Go Barney

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/GWTKQN2QYS3HOE2EM6OXHFWDHU BKspirit

      Go what? Spend more of our money?

  • John Gatti Jr

    Was Broadcast Journalist David Gregory from NBC MEET THE PRESS right to defend Massachusetts Senator Elect Elizabeth Warren Proclaimed Advocate of the People taking DIRTY Money Lawyer fees for defending guilty immoral Corporation wrongdoing?

    Massachusetts United States Senator Elect Elizabeth Warren before taking office should give the DIRTY Corporate Money back she gained that no middle class defender, consumer fighter, or big bank accountability advocate should take. Money with interest amounts to almost $1 million.

    David Gregory of NBC Network Meet the Press is wrong defending Warren as only a paid lawyer defending clients. They were
    asbestos insurers, steel company employee pension and healthcare fund grabbers,,
    and a manufacturer of defective breast implants. Hardly a resume for a so called
    Progressive Peoples Champion Elizabeth Warren!

    NBC Meet the Press Gregory moderated making
    egregious mistakes at the first debate between now Senator Elect Elizabeth
    Warren and incumbent Senator Scott Brown. Gregory shortchanged and misled voters
    stating Elizabeth Warren only defended these companies as lawyer defending
    clients. The facts prove Warren represented questionable Corporate Agendas
    against earnest victims seeking legal redress.

    Gregory knows better and was outright wrong.
    There are 3 types of lawyers, management business lawyers, labor and consumer
    lawyers, and the other which Warren belongs to the “Billable Minutes Lawyers”.
    These lawyers unethically without conscience represent both business and
    labor/consumers for $$$$ guilty or not, right or wrong, morally or ethically
    incorrect for clients willing to be charged by the minute without scruples or
    conscience.

    Warren the lawyer disgustingly represented and
    was paid by Dow Chemical Company manufacturer of defective breast implants
    allegedly to set up trusts to avoid further claims. Warren took the money.
    Warren should give the big money received back to the victims. That is what a
    true Woman Consumer Victim Advocate would do and call those moneys gained by a
    Corporate Lawyer DIRTY Money.

    Warren as lawyer tried to cut deals setting up
    another trust fund preventing further liability by asbestos victims on behalf of
    Travelers Insurance Company. Her client insurance company never paid any $$$ to
    victims or families. Yet, the Labor Boss of the Asbestos Workers Union, Fran
    Budrow astonishly defended her actions in handling the case! Warren should give
    her fees gained by Travelers to Asbestos victims. That is what a pro-labor
    consumer advocate would do and call moneys gained by Corporate Lawyers DIRTY
    Money.

    Warren was involved another so call trust fund allowing bankrupt steel companies not to pay health and pension funds futher claims. Warren was praised during the campaign by AFL-CIO Boss Richard Trumka advocating and defending her candidacy! No wonder the American labor movement is in shambles? A pro-labor consumer advocate should call these fees received by a Corporate Lawyer DIRTY Moneys. The money gained by Elizabeth Warren should be given to the displaced workers.

    Faults and question of fitness to be labeled a potential progressive by Elizabeth Warren never surfaced during the Democrats candidate nomination process. If Warren faced candidates in an open ProgressiveDemocratic Primary and if the Party Bosses Dictators had not cleansed the field of potential Democratic Primary Candidates, her Democratic Candidacy would surely been exposed and potentially ended. The Democratic Party Bosses controlled their pre-primary convention to openly deny a candidate who gathered 10,000 signatures a right to a Primary Election Challenge. Defeated Republican Senator Scott Brown was ill equipped to bring forward Warren frailties and subsequently failed.

    Elizabeth Warren should give back DIRTY Money received from these questionable motives

    John Gatti Jr
    Massachusetts: Government/Business/Labor Oversight dedicated to all Massachuestts citizens striving for Government, Businesss, and Labor Accountability and Oversight in the continual battle against.waste, fraud, and abuse.

    • goldmineman

      Why would anyone watch Meet The Press ? Really.

  • Bay Stater

    The irony of the caption (which the story-writer clearly didn’t read) is enough to make your head spin:

    “during a MOCK swearing in ceremony”

    A phony photo of a phony Indian at a phony swearing-in ceremony. That’s what WBUR considers real news. It’s beyond self-parody.

  • CitizenPete

    Congratulations Elizabeth!! And Congratulations Massachusetts for throwing out the Corporate Republican and putting in a woman who will work for us, The People of Massachusetts. God Bless you LIZ!!! You Go Girl!!! Don’t listen to all these Negative Nellies talking trash!! You Did It!!!

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