Wondering why this is news today?
The answer is the Electoral College. On November 6, 2012, Americans cast their ballots in an indirect presidential election. They were selecting electors who would, as members of the Electoral College, cast ballots on their behalf the following January.
On January 4, Vice President Biden, accompanied by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other senators, made his way through Statuary Hall to the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington for the counting of Electoral College votes before a joint session of Congress. Unsurprisingly, the vote officially re-elected President Obama and Vice President Biden.
Biden, in his capacity as president of the U.S. Senate, had the honor of announcing the results.