Blue Hen Biden Goes Home to ‘Bury the Hatchet’

By Lindsey Ellerson

Nov 6, 2008 5:09pm

ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe Reports: Vice President-elect Joe Biden returned to his home state of Delaware Thursday for "Return Day," a traditional ceremony when the election’s winners and losers “bury the hatchet” after the heated battles of the campaign trail.

"This is a great event," Biden said during the parade. "Feels like the old days."

Biden defeated Republican challenger Christine O’Donnell Tuesday to win re-election as Delaware senator, a seat he has held for 36 years but will now have to resign to assume the vice-presidential post.

On a rainy afternoon Thursday in Georgetown, winning and losing candidates rode in open horse-drawn carriages as part of the post-election celebration that dates back centuries.

Leaning out of his white carriage, Biden basked in the cheers of onlookers, waving and shaking hands as the caravan made its way through town.

"Feels good," said Biden, accompanied by his wife Jill. "Feels good to be home."

"I’m coming home a lot," he promised later.

Despite the drizzling rain, Biden’s soaking-wet supporters showed no signs of any dampened enthusiasm, cheering loudly and snacking on the traditional barbecued ox, cooked on an open pit and handed out for free.

After the parade, the winners and losers participate in the "Burial of the Tomahawk," the symbolic ending of Delaware’s political season, before the town crier reads the election returns from the Sussex County courthouse balcony.

Following the ceremony, Biden was set to fly back to Chicago to attend meetings in the coming days as President-elect Barack Obama prepares to transition to the White House.

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