"It was the first time in my career, in my life, I realized someone could go out -- and I probably shouldn't say this with the press here, but no, but it's more important, you're more important. For the first time in my life, I understood how someone could consciously decide to commit suicide. Not because they were deranged, not because they were nuts; because they had been to the top of the mountain, and they just knew in their heart they would never get there again."He gave the talk of his life (although he may not know it yet), and out of it came another remarkable confession. He said when his son Beau finished his tour of duty in the Middle East, he couldn't help but feel guilty. His son, his beloved son--one of two sons who miraculously survived that horrible accident so many years before--had come home whole when so many other sons and husbands hadn't. Guilt is not an uncommon feeling among families whose loved ones have survived in places where others have lost their lives, but here was the vice president of the United States, without guile or lofty sense of privilege, confessing feelings rarely spoken out loud by anybody. (Rachel Maddow played an extended clip of his speech. You can watch it here.)
In his next speech, reported to be against Mitt Romney, it'll be political business as usual. In the coming days there will be repeats of those moments when his struggle for the right words will fit into the goofy category--fine fodder for the foaming media lightweights. But he proved his mettle today, in a way that few politicians ever do.
Joe Biden is a good man. He may be one of our best when it comes to showing us how one can be a career politician and a caring, feeling human being at the same time. I want him to be the vice president for the next four years, and if he wants the presidency after that, I'll work my heart out for him.
And let no one try to tell me he's not worthy.
I agree Joe Biden is a treasure.ReplyDelete
Thanks for weighing in, Gene. He's a keeper!Delete
I just loved his bankruptcy bill. Thanks, Joe.Delete
Anon, show me a politician you can agree with 100% of the time and I'll eat this column whole. Joe's no saint. He's human. And here he showed his humanity. That's worth noting.Delete
That was awesome. Thanks Joe, you actually get it.ReplyDelete
Joe 'Senator MBNA' Biden is personally responsible for a lot of the misery we're going through today.ReplyDelete
Have you forgotten his role in the disastrous bankruptcy bill? Yeah, that legislation of which Obama said at the Democratic National Convention the first time around "now is the time to change our bankruptcy laws..." (which of course he didn't mean because this legislation was a Joe Biden special).
Over his long career in the Senate, Biden's biggest financial supporter was the credit card company MBNA, until it was swallowed by Bank of America. His son, Hunter Biden, was hired as a management trainee at MBNA straight out of law school, and was quickly promoted to executive vice president.
Yes there were some other sneaky dems supporting the credit card industry
They even rejected an amendment that would have put a 30 percent ceiling on the interest rates credit card companies can charge. Thirty percent — that’s more than Paulie Walnuts charges. But 74 U.S. senators — including John Kerry, Harry Reid, Barack Obama and Dick Durbin — clearly thought that wasn’t high enough.
But it was Biden who led the way to the trough.
By the way, I watched all 3 days of the Anita Hill hearings and Joe Biden was a nasty, sneering, leering, arrogant piece of work who did not but talk down to that woman and make her look like she was the one who asked HER to testify.
Joe is really something.
Yes, there's some nasty business going on in our gov'mint and I hate it as much as you do, but really--Joe Biden is personally responsible for a lot of the misery. . .? I'm not buying it.Delete
Vote Republican, why don't you? With this new Wild Bunch you can't even imagine what misery is until they get their hands on us.
I did 3 years in the military 65-68, never left the States and never handled a military weapon after Basic. I know I served my country and did what i was supposed to do but still, even today, feel a tinge of guilt that I was not in Vietnam so I know what Joe and his sons feel.ReplyDelete
Anon, nobody but you guys who served can understand any of the feelings about military duty. I thank you for your two cents here and for your service.Delete
Joe Biden is definitely underrated. I don't know why he didn't get more praise for his performance against Sarah Palin in the 2008 debate: he was a truly down-to-earth person vs. her folksy shtick.ReplyDelete
I guess because Palin was the Celebrity du Jour and he was just Joe? But in the end he showed 'em! There were many who thought Obama was crazy for choosing Biden, but I guess he knew what he was doing. He needed a down-home guy to counter his Harvard image.ReplyDelete
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Le sigh. But I love him more!ReplyDelete
Oh, no. . .that can't possibly be. But we'll share, okay?ReplyDelete
Lookie, you! You're probably married. He's MINE!ReplyDelete
Sigh. . .I will back away slowly. Trying not to burst your little bubble by telling you HE'S MARRIED, TOO!! LololololReplyDelete
You are so cruel. Details shmetails...ReplyDelete
It's going to have to be platonic, honey, but he'll appreciate your support come 2016!ReplyDelete
Platonic is fine for him. For me, my imagination can go crazy.ReplyDelete
damn...heartfelt words for my Joey...I LOVE HIM TOO!ReplyDelete
Unfortunately, his naysayers will continue to make fun of his truthfilled, honest ways...because they can not come anywhere near his honor, courage, or integrity...so, instead, he's denigrated and dismissed.
ooooooooh, you're both going to freak when you find he's been a passenger IN MY CAR when i picked him up at the airport for a dismal showing of support in an all-white, rednecked county that i'd paper'd thoroughly in preparation for his arrival! only the most diehard dems showed up...but he was the most gracious and lovely man i could ever have imagined! i apologized profusely for the paltry showing. he wasn't angry or hurt...he was just honorable! whatta' guy! and then, at the J/J dinner in des moines, he recognized me on the rope line, "well, if YOU'RE HERE, this is an event!" and as a VP, he allowed me to give him the BIGGEST hug!!! i told him he was thin, i was concerned, he said, "this is what 3 million miles'll do to your body!"...he's a real man. REAL.MAN.ReplyDelete
IT'S COOL to know that your VP knows who you are, and not the other way around. that's why i love him.ReplyDelete
and, i was allowed to meet and speak with jill, who gave me the strangest look while she was speaking...evidently they have footage from prior events to view and who to look for? it was like she knew me. i handed her mom's book. her secret service knew who mom was too...and allowed me access to jill...so cool...so nice...so tiny!!! she's a force to be reckoned with. trust me. she knows she shares her love for joe with all of us.ReplyDelete
Sarah, thanks so much for sharing your story. Yes, I'm damned jealous that you got to meet both Joe and Jill, and then got to HUG him, too! But you confirmed what I thought about him for years now. He's a good, good man and he deserves to be president.ReplyDelete