This is What More Than a Million Miles with the Vice President Looks Like: Compiled by Official Vice Presidential Photographer David Lienemann Welcome aboard: Vice President Joe Biden jogs up the stairs to Air Force Two at Lambert St. Louis International Airport, in St. Louis, Missouri, August 20, 2010.
A few months ago, Vice President Joe Biden crossed the million-mile mark aboard Air Force Two — the official plane of the Vice President.
As the Vice President’s official photographer, I’ve been along for most of those miles, photographing him on trips around the world — from Iraq to Singapore, and all across the United States.
Along the way, I’ve had the opportunity to capture every aspect of a given trip — from meetings on the plane to motorcades on the ground; from official bilateral meetings to behind-the-scenes local visits. Let’s just say the pace is never slow.
I wanted to give you a sense of what those more-than 1 million miles have looked like these past seven years. So I’ve pulled together some of my favorite shots from the road. Take a look, and I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
And, if you’d like to see more new photos — along with some more from the past seven years of the Vice Presidency — I just launched my official Instagram account. You can follow along here .
Looking forward to sharing more photos with you.
Vice President Joe Biden tours the Decani Monastery with Serbian Orthodox Monk Father Sava (left). The Serbian Orthodox Monastery was established in 1327, and the paintings on the walls date to 1350. Decani, Kosovo, Thursday, May 21, 2009. Vice President Joe Biden leans forward into the window light as he waits for the blades on the helicopter to spin down before boarding Air Force Two at Pristina Airport in Kosovo, Friday, May 22, 2009. Vice President Joe Biden throws a football from the top of the stairs before boarding Air Force Two at Pittsburgh International Airport in Pittsburgh, PA, July 1, 2009. On some trips, the Vice President will switch from the standard blue-and-white painted 757 that normally serves as Air Force Two to a C-17 cargo plane. The Air Force pulls a modified Airstream trailer into the plane for the Vice President while most of the staff sit on seats along the side of the plane. On this trip into Iraq, my first of six with the Vice President, I asked the pilots if I could climb through a door on the back of the cockpit that allowed me to make this photo of the interior of the airplane. July 2, 2009. During my first trip to Baghdad, a sandstorm obscured the sky for our entire visit — complicating the logistics of moving around, and canceling a later planned stop in Northern Iraq. On the way to the airplane at Baghdad International airport, this was the view out the front of our van. July 4, 2009. Vice President Joe Biden visits with troops in the 4–2 Stryker Brigade outside the mess hall at Camp Victory, Iraq, January 23, 2010. In 2010, Dr. Jill Biden joined the Vice President on a trip to Baghdad, Iraq, for the 4th of July. On the flight back, she visited the cockpit of the C-17 serving as Air Force Two, to chat with the flight crew. July 5, 2010. As the sun sets over the rugged snow capped mountains, Vice President Joe Biden pins a Bronze Star on Staff Sergeant Workman at Forward Operating Base Airborne in Wardak Province, Afghanistan. January 11, 2011. In 2011, as a drought continued to wrack the region, Dr. Jill Biden traveled to Kenya to visit the Dagahaley refugee camp. On the flight over,she received a briefing on the camp from USAID Administrator Dr. Raj Shah. August 7, 2011. At the Dagahaley refugee camp, Dr. Jill Biden and former Senator Bill Frist meet with a refugee family from Somalia, in Dadaab, Kenya. August 8, 2011. Refugees sit lined up in the shade at the Dagahaley refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya. August 8, 2011. In most countries, the Vice President has formal bilateral meetings with his counterpart. However, in Mongolia, after the official bilateral meeting, Vice President Joe Biden and Mongolian Prime Minister Sukhbaatar Batbold attended a cultural demonstration, and after watching the archery demonstration, decided to try it for themselves. Ulaanbataar, Mongolia, August 22, 2011. Vice President Joe Biden salutes as he approaches Marine Two after landing at Joint Base Andrews aboard Air Force Two. June 6, 2012. During a trip through Virginia in 2012, Vice President Joe Biden decided to stop at Dairy Queen for an ice cream. The employees greeted him at the front door, in Danville, Virginia. August 13, 2012. During a stop in Grinnell Iowa, Vice President Joe Biden leans over speechwriter Dylan Loewe’s shoulder as he types a change into the teleprompter before a speech at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. September 18, 2012. Often times, the angles at a given event are fairly preset, even for me. Typically, you can take photos from the buffer (the area between the crowd and the stage) or from the press riser area. At this event at Dartmouth College, Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden were speaking in front of a two-story building and the stairwell had windows offering this unusual vantage point. Hanover, New Hampshire, September 21, 2012. When we landed at Southwest Florida International Airport aboard Air Force Two, it was still raining, but by the time we taxied to our parking spot the rain had let up and a rainbow was starting to form in the sky. I tried to get into position to capture the rainbow and the Vice President de-planing, and Air Force Two. As he walked to the cars, he gave me a thumbs-up — and that was the photo. September 28, 2012. Not all of our travel happens via airplane, as this photo from the support van in Vice President Joe Biden’s motorcade shows as we make our way from Mechanicsburg to Marion, Ohio. October 24, 2012. Vice President Joe Biden smiles and waves as his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, introduces him at an event in Lynchburg, Virginia. October 27, 2012. Vice President Joe Biden is handed a baby as he works a rope line after speaking at an event in Ocala, Florida. October 31, 2012. Foreign visits are usually scripted affairs, including a greet upon arrival, and then photographers are brought in at the beginning of a given meeting to take photos. In this 2013 visit to Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel walked Vice President Joe Biden onto the balcony outside her office. The two of them overlooked the Berlin skyline and talked alone for a few minutes without interpreters or staff before joining the rest of their delegations before the regular meeting began. February 1, 2013. Arm in arm with Congresswoman Terri Sewell and Civil rights legend and Congressman John Lewis, Vice President Joe Biden marches across the Edmund Pettus Bridge during the 48th annual Bridge Crossing Ceremony in Selma, Alabama. March 3, 2013. After attending the Inauguration Mass for Pope Francis, Vice President Joe Biden was walking to his car behind St. Peter’s Basilica and saw these nuns waving at him, so he stopped for a quick hello. Vatican City, March 19, 2013. Here, Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden were attending a USO/Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) Good Grief Camp Out for children who had lost parents in the military, As he was taking questions from children, I maneuvered around the room to silhouette him against a CH-46 Sea Knight Helicopter parked outside the open hangar. Camp Pendleton, California, June 14, 2013. Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden wave as they arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport, in New Delhi, India. July 22, 2013. While visiting Singapore, Vice President Joe Biden toured the U.S.S. Freedom and watched a tactical team demonstration. Changi Navy Base, Singapore, July 27, 2013. Vice President Joe Biden walks down the stairs of Air Force Two at New Castle County Airport. Wilmington, Delaware, Aug. 23, 2013. As part of an Administration effort to upgrade transportation infrastructure, Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the port of Savannah, Georgia,. September 16, 2013. On board Air Force Two, the Vice President Joe Biden has his own small cabin just in front of the senior staff compartment. Here, he goes over remarks for an upcoming event with speechwriter Dylan on the way to New York. September 26, 2013. Vice President Joe Biden and granddaughter Finnegan Biden are briefed by Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Edwan, Commander of the United Nations Command Security Battalion, as they look out over the De Militarized Zone. December 7, 2013. Vice President Joe Biden, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay (left), and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell walk down the stairs underneath the Gateway Arch, at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. St. Louis, Missouri, May 13, 2014. During a three-country trip to Africa, Dr. Jill Biden flew to Bukavu, in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. During an airport arrival ceremony, she awarded certificates to top students from the USAID-supported Annunciata Accelerated Learning Program. July 5, 2014. Dr. Jill Biden and granddaughter Finnegan Biden wave to students lining the railings after a girls’ education event at the St. Joseph’s Secondary School in Freetown, Sierra Leone. July 7, 2014. Vice President Joe Biden and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter shake hands before eating lunch at the Old Ferry Landing in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Sept. 3, 2014. Vice President Joe Biden talks with staffers Carri Twigg, Vinay Reddy, John Flynn, Stef Feldman, Don Graves, and Marc Aidinoff aboard Air ForceTwo. January 24, 2015. Vice President Joe Biden and granddaughter Finnegan Biden tour the Dachau Concentration camp with Max Mannheimer, a 95-year-old Holocaust survivor, in Dachau, Germany. February 8, 2015. Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks on ending campus sexual assault during an “It’s On Us” Event at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus. Urbana, Illinois, April 23, 2015. After speaking at a given event, Vice President Joe Biden often likes to work a ropeline to shake hands and greet attendees at events, and — in this case — take a selfie with students, following an “It’s On Us” event at the University of Illinois. Urbana, Illinois, April 23, 2015. Dr. Jill Biden and U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius visit a classroom and talk with students at the Ba Vi orphanage outside Hanoi, Vietnam. July 20, 2015. As Marine Two takes off in the background, the sun rises over the tail of Air Force Two. Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, March 12, 2014.