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Biden Thanks the Delaware Delegation

Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) wipes away a tear while addressing the Delaware delegation to the Democratic National Convention August 26, 2008, in Littleton, Colo. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By Perry Bacon Jr.
LITTLETON, Colo. -- In his first public remarks since he was introduced as Barack Obama's running mate, an emotional Sen. Joe Biden thanked Delaware Democrats for their longtime support at a meeting of the state's delegation.

"This is a great honor, this is a great honor being nominated and I'm proud of it, but it pales in comparison to the honor of representing you," the Delaware senator told a crowd of several dozen in a room at the Marriott in this Denver suburb.

"I wish we could have done this in private," he continued (a group of more than two dozen journalists now track his every move). "I don't know whether I would have made it through a lot of tough times in my life without you guys."

"The Delaware Democratic Party has been my family," he said, drawing applause and tears from a crowd that includes much of Biden's family, including his son Beau, who is the state's attorney general.

Referring to his new role, Biden admitted it was an adjustment, saying "I'm excited to be on the team, I've never been on a team, I've been a one-man band."

He spent much of his 12-minute speech lavishing praise on the leaders of his new team, Michelle and Barack Obama.

"She gave a window to the American people of who she is and who he is," Biden said of Michelle Obama's speech to the convention. "It was absolutely incredible."

Of the presumptive Democratic nominee, Biden said, "He has that sixth sense. This guy's got it. This guy's got it. He's going to make you proud and I am honored to be part of helping make sure the first African American ... gets to be president of the United States."

By Web Politics Editor  |  August 26, 2008; 1:12 PM ET
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Joe Biden is such a phony and a hypocrite it makes me sick. He's supposed to be the "blue collar guy" the pro-union, pro-American worker guy... LIAR! Then why has he tried so hard over the last 10 to 15 years to take jobs away from not only union workers, but American union workers only to give them to foreigners overseas?

Posted by: Richard in VA | August 26, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Outside the Box | August 26, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Outside the Box | August 26, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

RE AsperGirl "Biden has seniority, not..."
You probably think George Bush has gravitas and McCain has depth. They both speak in sound bites, when they can remember what they were told to say. I'm glad you are not the head of my HR department. You would hire a man who finished in the bottom 1% of his class, used his daddy's connections to provide a career in which he failed to distinguish himself, and openly says he would model himself after an absolute failure. I not only would refuse to hire your candidate, I would fire you.

Posted by: Gene Smith | August 26, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

It has been 32 years Joe, you are really pathetic if you still suck on that old sympathy's tit...sad.

Posted by: pete | August 26, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

I met Joe and his family, while he was in Iowa last fall. I really like him and I am thrilled he is the vp pick.

Posted by: janfromiowa | August 26, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Good points, AsperGirl : )

Posted by: JakeD | August 26, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

As of last week, I started predicting that the Democrats were walking into an "ugly, bloody and humiliating train wreck" this November, and that they were doing it "eyes wide open".

Obama's pick of Biden only affirms that projection. And I'm not the only one who thinks that.


National Tracking Polls 08/26/08:

Rasmussen: Obama 46, McCain 46, TIE
Gallup: Obama 44, McCain 46, McCain +2

Obama's not getting a VP naming "bump", he's getting a VP naming "dump"!


The convention messaging is one of failure thus far. It's unquestionably the wrong thing to do to be trying to familiarize the electorate with your candidate still. While Bill Clinton got a huge bump out of his convention, this is not the same problem Obama is having. Obama's spent months in a primary/caucus contest that ran through each state, and he's spent $300 million thus far to help the electorate get to know him better. The electorate at this point is not getting too little information about Obama. Obama's maxed out on the number of people in the electorate who think he should be elected president this year, and that's his problem. The fact that, after a primary season that was battled through each state, $300 million spent on his part and miles of column space devoted to him by an infatuated press who blanketed their forums with praise and pro-Obama memes, Obama has to devote his convention to an attempt to let the public get to know him better, speaks of disaster.


Biden is bad enough that it's worth voting against Obama just to make sure that bizarre blowhard guy can't become president by some misfortune befalling Obama that elevates Biden. Biden has seniority, not gravitas, just as Obama has personality and charisma, not depth.

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 26, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

What Kind of Plagiarist Is Joe Biden?
Slate Article By Jack Shafer

"Joe Biden's return as a vice-presidential candidate signals forgiveness—at least from Barack Obama—for having plagiarized a leading British politician during Biden's campaign for the Democratic Party's 1988 presidential nomination.

"The Biden episode merits revisiting because as acts of plagiarism go, it was spectacular, and because it points to other dicey chapters in his life. To know Biden in full, you must appreciate his parts.

"Biden's puttering campaign for president effectively died on Sept. 13, 1987, when the New York Times' Maureen Dowd reported that he had pinched major elements of a recent and celebrated speech by Labor Party leader Neil Kinnock. That speech, included in this May 1987 Labor Party broadcast, begins at the 7:23 mark.

"But Biden didn't merely borrow words and phrasings from Kinnock, which is a time-honored practice of candidates and their speechwriters and is almost never regarded as plagiarism. He became Kinnock,as David Greenberg writes today, claiming things about himself and his family that were untrue and that he knew to be untrue."

(more at:

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 26, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Biden is such a contrast to Obama's less emotive demeanor. It could work with voters who want more passion and empathy from the Dems.

Posted by: mpp | August 26, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

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