Joe Biden signs desk in farewell tradition

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 3: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden prepares for the ceremonial swearing in of senators in the Old Senate Chamber at the U.S. Capitol January 3, 2017 in Washington, DC. Earlier in the day Biden swore in the newly elected and returning members on the Senate floor. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

In yet another sign the Obama administration is drawing to a close, Vice President Joe Biden signed the inside of his desk drawer Friday, adding his name alongside his predecessors.

The tradition of signing the wooden drawer began with President Harry Truman, who used the desk in the Oval Office. Other signatures include President Dwight Eisenhower and Vice Presidents Walter Mondale, Nelson Rockefeller, George H.W. Bush, Dan Quayle, Al Gore and Dick Cheney.

“It’s some fast company here,” Biden said as he read off the names.

As he entered his ceremonial office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Biden was met with cheers and applause from his staffers.

“This is a great honor to be in this position,” Biden said. “It has been the great honor of our lives the last eight years to able to serve in this capacity.”

His signature was positioned next to Gore’s and Truman’s, and included Friday’s date.