Al Franken was sworn in just after noon in Washington at a short ceremony in the Senate chamber. Vice President Joseph Biden administered the oath, and Franken was accompanied by Minnesota's senior senator Amy Klobuchar and former Vice President Walter Mondale. He was greeted by a long ovation from fellow Democrats, and gave hugs to California's Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer.
Republicans used the occasion to release a new web video exploiting the fact that Democrats now have reached the magic number of 60 — "total control." "They own everything…and have no one to blame now." It uses footage of an "angry Al," but as some bloggers have pointed out, the clips are taken way out of context.