Vice President-elect Joe Biden and his wife, Jill

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Before President-elect Obama is sworn into office, another man will take his oath before him. Vice President-elect Joe Biden, who has served his country as a senator for more than 30 years, will take his own place in history. In a surprise visit to The Oprah Winfrey Show, Vice President-elect Biden and his wife, Jill, are sharing the experience.

Vice President-elect Biden wasn't always going to be President-elect Obama's right-hand man. "Look, I started off trying to get the nomination for president," he says. "Barack Obama and I debated each other eight, nine times." However, when he was asked to be Obama's number two, he says he knew what he was getting into. "I asked what he expected of me, and he said he wanted to have a confidant and someone who wouldn't be a yes man," he says.