Joe Biden was first offered the job of Secretary of State, his wife said yesterday.
Either by contrived intent or grand accident of history (and in this case maybe “his story” of Joe Biden) Jill Biden said on “Oprah” yesterday, “Joe had the choice to be secretary of state or vice president.”
Her husband, the Vice President-elect, “shushed” her.
Oprah, and the audience, chuckled. The Vice President-elect then blushed, grimaced awkwardly and eventually gave his wife a hug, saying: “That’s right … go ahead.”
Her husband turned to his wife with his finger to his lips and a “Shhhh!” that sent the audience into laughter. Left, Jill Biden with Oprah (R) and the Vice President elect.
This may have been a true “gotcha” moment and it may have been contrived for TV; but why anyone would do that is beyond me.
Joe Biden has never had a real job of weight, character testing, decisions and life or death, and gravitas. He has always been the Senator from the smallest state in America, Delaware.
Nothing against Joe Biden, a great guy by most accounts, and nothing against Delaware.
But Joe Biden was a Senator in the 1970s just after I came here and he never left.
He rose to be Chariman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and ran for President in his own right twice as we recall; losing out in the early going both times.
And he said a ton of stupid things along the way….
You’d think his charmanship of the prestigious Foreign Relations Committee would make him the perfect Secretary of State but maybe not: that job requires one to actually meet, impress and persuade people like Olmert of Israel and Ahmadinejad of Iran.
A woman named Hillary got the meaty job.
President-elect Obama named Joe Biden head of the “White House Task Force on Working Families”…. a title never before used and one where his foreign relations “expertise” probably won’t get into his way….
Joe Biden has pretty much stopped impressing people outside Delaware…
And then there is all this talk about a “lesser” role for the vice president.
Above: Former Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Vice President-elect Joe Biden, will chair a new task force aimed at helping working families. He’ll have a “lesser role” than Dick Cheney, Obama spokesmen say.
A spokeswoman for the Vice President-elect said “Biden had no intention of continuing the practice started by Vice President Cheney of regularly attending internal legislative branch meetings — he firmly believes in restoring the Office of the Vice President to its historical role.”
Let’s be honest, children. The traditional and historical role of the Vice President of the Uited Sates is to stand in the corner, go to funerals the president doesn’t want to attend and await the death of his boss.
John Nance Garner said while he was vice president that the job “wasn’t worth a bucket of warm piss.”
That’s the traditional “lesser” role of the vice president.
And the office of Vice President is mostly “no risk” except “God forbid” …..
Our prayers and wishes go to Joe Biden. But biggest prayer to Barack Obama.
By John E. Carey
Wakefield Chapel, Virginia
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