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Jill Biden: Veep-Elect Was Also Offered Secretary of State Post

By Garance Franke-Ruta
On an episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," taped this morning at the Kennedy Center in Washington, Jill Biden said that her husband, Joe, was offered a choice of posts last summer by then-candidate Barack Obama: secretary of state or vice president.

Joe Biden responded to the revelation with a loud "shhh!", according to the Associated Press, which had a reporter at the taping. ABC News had more on the interview, taken from the show's broadcast:

Mrs. Biden interjected: "Joe had the choice of being secretary of state or vice president." She then seemed to realize she'd said something she wasn't supposed to have said.

Her husband laughed.

Said Oprah, trying to continue the conversation, "You said, 'Joe...?' "

"I said, 'Joe, if you are secretary of state you will be away, I'll never see you,'" Mrs. Biden said. "We will see you at a state dinner once in a while. But I said if you are vice president, the entire family, because they worked so hard for the election, they can be involved. ... They can come to our home, they can go to events, they can be with us and that is what is important to us."

But was the discussion about a direct offer -- or about jobs the Delaware senator would have been qualified to do?

Elizabeth Alexander, a spokesperson for the incoming vice president, sought to clarify Jill Biden's remarks this afternoon.

"Like anyone who followed the presidential campaign this summer, Dr. Jill Biden knew there was a chance that President-elect Obama might ask her husband to serve in some capacity and that, given his background, the positions of Vice President and Secretary of State were possibilities," she said. "To be clear, President-elect Obama offered Vice President-elect Biden one job only -- to be his running mate. And the Vice President-elect was thrilled to accept the offer."

Posted at 6:16 PM ET on Jan 19, 2009  | Category:  Joe Biden
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I heard Hillary was pretty upset.

Trip to Chicago to appear on the Oprah show… $1500

Shhshing your wife on national television-$0

Pissing off Hillary Clinton cause you got the better job… PRICELESS!!

Posted by: politicaljules | January 20, 2009 12:27 AM

Clarification to imrpove grammar/syntax in post, below:

"Jill's a real person, like Joe, not contrived."

In other words, they're both REAL people -- what a pleasure!

Posted by: scrivener50 | January 19, 2009 11:24 PM

Jill's a real person, not contrived, like Joe. What a pleasure...


As your administration's first major act, please ban MORE THAN TORTURE...

...Ban policies of EXTRAJUDICIAL TARGETING AND PUNISHMENT... policies that breed torture and human rights abuses AT HOME as well as abroad.

Extrajudicial targeting and punishment allows a calculated bypass of the judicial system... paving the way for human rights abuses -- including DOMESTIC TORTURE VIA RADIATION WEAPONRY that has been and is being deployed among law enforcement, the military, and intelligence agencies.

Mssrs. Obama and Biden, domestic torture and physical assault by way of high-tech devices and weapons CONTINUES TO THIS DAY in communities throughout America...

... a covert evil that is happening with the apparent knowledge and approval of security forces.

OR (if link is disabled):

Posted by: scrivener50 | January 19, 2009 11:19 PM

This was hardly a secret. It was all in the "New Yorker" article "Biden's Brief" several months ago.

Posted by: cacatua | January 19, 2009 9:34 PM

Unfortunately, Barack HUSSEIN Obama, Jr. (assuming that Sr. is even his real father) has not seen fit to release his LONG FORM birth certificate to prove that he is qualified under the Constitution. Therefore, the usurper will NOT be legally sworn in tomorrow. I expect lots of federal lawsuits filed against him for "official" acts he attempts to make thereafter.

Posted by: JakeD | January 19, 2009 6:44 PM

If Obama is not a "natural born" citizen, then legally-speaking Biden is Acting President as of 12 noon tomorrow.

Posted by: JakeD | January 19, 2009 6:39 PM

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