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After thirty-six years as a senator, Vice President-elect Joe Biden gave his farewell address on the Senate floor Thursday. (Video by the Associated Press.)

By Web Politics Editor  |  January 15, 2009; 12:21 PM ET
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J. Quimby: Actually, I believe it was Mitt Romney who addressed the RepubliCan Congress with a very astute recommendation for Stimulus, and also wrote an insightful Op-Ed. about the Auto Giants dilemma.

Expect to here more! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | January 16, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse


Do you think she can outflank Obama?
At the moment he's leading both parties.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | January 16, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin?

Posted by: JakeD | January 16, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse


So who is going to step up and lead the opposition to all these "problems"? So far, it's just the media.

The man who is setting the agenda has no organized opposition outside of his own party.

Bush and Cheney have just left the building!

Posted by: JohnQuimby | January 16, 2009 1:43 AM | Report abuse

Wow. I see the neocons are still out in force trying to get an 'early voice' in shaping the dialogue against Barack Obama because without the lies & deceits...what do right wingers have left at this point? Jees. Grow up will ya?!!!!

Joe Biden will be a superb Vice President of the United States. This alone must be killing the neocons! Good. After 8 years of you, Americans are wanting some and in our lives.

Posted by: KayInMaine | January 15, 2009 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Sometimes I find it hard to believe the nastiness of people - what motivates you to tear down and make ugly comments about a person you don't know on an occasion that has great meaning for him and none for you? -- And for the record, OF COURSE he was going to speak of the tragedy of losing his wife and daughter today. It has to be in the forefront of his mind, since that event shaped his first days and months in the Senate, making the difficult decision to stay after the tragedy shaped his approach to the work of a Senator, and I'm sure iw was people at the Senate who helped him through his the grieving process. When you say goodbye, you mind goes back to the beginning, and that event WAS the beginning. I think you're just flat wrong in your statements. I've been watching, and admiring, Sen. Biden for a couple of decades - listening to him whenever there was a chance - and I didn't even KNOW about the tragedy of his first wife until he became the VP candidate, when biography gets such focus. He does not dwell on it except when it is relevant and appropriate - as it is today. I know this must be a wrenchingly difficult moment for him, no matter what he is going to next. He can be justly proud of all that he has accomplished and of the way in which he has conducted himself - always. I wish civility and respect for others as people, even if you don't agree with them, was a more common characteristic.

Posted by: esommers2 | January 15, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

LOL! :-D

I am sure he won't even see the place again!

At least, until Jan 20!

When he will make his Bloviating Return;

as the 51Rst. Senator! Or, Majority Leader's Boss! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | January 15, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

It offends me that Senator Biden continues to raise the tragedy of his wife and child after so many years and seems to exploit it to gain sympathy for himself. He seems to posture and as a personality I have to say he seems to lack integrity. He plays the victim; he plays the expert with a hollow gravitas; he plays the boot-strap self-made man; he panders to working people; he is always playing something.

Posted by: aaronarhodes | January 15, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

(from the prior thread):

• Obama has "natural born" citizen problems

• Biden has MBNA problems

• Napolitano has 9/11 problems

• Geithner has tax and nanny problems

• Clinton has "Bill problems"

• Eric Holder has pardon problems

• Bill Richardson has FBI problems

• Ray LaHood has earmark problems

• Leon Panetta had a Dianne Feinstein problem (that's since been cleared up)

• Rahm Emanuel has a Blagojevich problem (but Team Obama says it's not a problem, so never mind)

• Carol Browner has "Socialist" problems

Posted by: JakeD | January 15, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Sorry it wasn't covered except on CSPAN 2. I found the speech fascinating with great hisorical interest. Here's a profoundly decent and honorable man who is well liked and respected by his colleagues on both sides of the aisle.

Posted by: NotBubba | January 15, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

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