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Better Than a Root Canal

By Anne E. Kornblut
CHICAGO -- Sen. Joe Biden was in an unexpected location when he got the call from Sen. Barack Obama on Thursday night: he was at the dentist with his wife, Jill, who was getting a root canal.

Obama was calling from a campaign bus in Virginia, an aide said. Biden, after accepting the offer to serve as Obama's vice presidential running mate, waited to tell the rest of his family until they were gathered around the kitchen table on Friday night.

"He said, 'Guess what? I'm going to be Barack Obama's running mate,'" an aide said, paraphrasing Biden's words.

When Michelle Obama and Jill Biden met on Saturday, after speaking first by phone, they had what one person in the room described as an "instant comfort level." They discussed the pending glare of the cameras at the convention, sharing anecdotes about their children. The two families spent at least an hour together on Saturday -- and are planning to campaign together again after the convention.

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Biden seems like an honest enough guy. I'm sure he's received and given pats on the back a few times in his political career but nothing too gigantic. He's too moderate for me and doesn't change my vote.

Obama's platform simply fails to really address our central problems; on gay marriage he doesn't recognize the constitutional right of EQUALITY he simply takes the compromised "civil union" route. If gay marriage is a civil union then they all must be civil unions.

On energy he crumbles time and time again to accepting ethanol as a suitable solution to oil; problem is ethanol takes almost as much energy to make as it produces and it uses a food crop (something the world is experiencing a shortage of as well). The only solution to the problem is renewable energies. We need to rip the bandaid off and work towards an actual solution. As Americans we need to lead the way.

What ever happened to our innovative, hop-over-every-hurdle attitude when it came to international and domestic issues? The world hates us because we have failed their expectations as THE world leader. We've fallen behind the times and have become engrossed with ourselves, leaving the community to have no advocate in decisions.

Let's elect a leader who is TRULY progressive and will help guide the way into the 21st century. We've been wandering for so long as our outgoing president was as confused as we are. WHERE ARE THE TRUE AMERICAN LEADERS?

Posted by: Ben M. | August 24, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

It is time to get this settled the old fashioned way. Oh...and lets have an election too!

Posted by: acarponzo | August 24, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

What I'm impressed with is that Biden went to the dentist with his wife! Now that's a "real mensch" in my book. That speaks volumes about his having learned what's really important in life - through the most tragic of circumstances. I will vote for the candidate who accompanies his wife to the dentist for a root canal (having just had one, I only wish . . .!)

Posted by: choralsociety | August 24, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Talk about a career politician. What has Biden done outside of congress? He was a lawyer for about 5 years and he served on a county board. That's "Fightin' Joe."

Posted by: ttj | August 24, 2008 9:35 AM

Sounds like you are talking about McCain
Thats two-timing John

Posted by: pj | August 24, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Obama Makes Fun of The Bible

Posted by: InTheKnow | August 23, 2008 10:59 PM
"McCain is in a lot of these places not actually the Republican candidate." Rush Limbaugh, Talk-radio host

McCain, a philandering two-timing jerk

Posted by: InTheRight | August 24, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

I am so happy that he did not choose that witch. Bill and Hill could go south of the Border for my part.


Posted by: BIG WIG | August 24, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Talk about a career politician. What has Biden done outside of congress? He was a lawyer for about 5 years and he served on a county board. That's "Fightin' Joe."

Posted by: ttj | August 24, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Only choice McCain has now - he must pick a woman for VP

Posted by: Polaris | August 24, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

here is nobody who has more foreign policy experience and savvy than Joe Biden. No matter who the McCain camp selects, they won’t be able to hold a candle to Biden in the debate on foreign policy issues.
* He’s been around a long time. He pointed out in his speech that there are only four senators with more seniority than him (soon to be three after Stevens’ inevitable defeat), but that there are 44 who are older than him. Good chuckle line, and he makes the point. McCain is older and less experienced.
* The man takes the train to work in D.C. from Delaware every day. He’s from a working-class Catholic family from Scranton, PA. In the current climate of ‘House-Gate’, it can do nothing but help. No one’s going to call the Amtrak guy an elitist, especially after John McCain just got nabbed taking a nine car motorcade to Starbucks for a cappucchino. (low foam half-caff with a sprinkle of cinnamon perhaps?) In his speech today in Illinois, Biden invoked that iconic vision of sitting at the kitchen table worrying about finances. Then said McCain would have to decide which of his seven kitchen tables to sit at…Youch! Democrats aren’t used to fightin’ talk, and from the sound of the crowd, they liked it.
* Biden’s other classic line from the speech today: “These times require more than a good soldier, they require a wise leader.” Oof. Body blow. He recognized and commended McCain’s service to his country, and deftly shifted gears with the above line.
* He hit the ground running on day one with a scathing attack on the effects of Republican rule in Washington, and referred freuqently to the “Bush-McCain policies” of the last eight years. The more often people hear Bush-McCain in the same breath, the better for Democrats.

For all those who wish just for once, Obama would just get mad and lose his cool in a fit of moral outrage, this is as close as you’re going to get. The team is officially composed of one cool cucumber and a scrappy attack dog. The election just got a whole lot more interesting."

Posted by: fa | August 24, 2008 7:48 AM | Report abuse

One House, One Spouse, Obama/Biden 08:

Posted by: Nick | August 23, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Obama Makes Fun of The Bible

Posted by: InTheKnow | August 23, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Biden's an easy guy to get along with, so the chemistry between him and the Obama family should be evident on the trail.

Posted by: matt | August 23, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

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