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Saturday, January 05, 2008

Obama, Biden: Clean Break with the Past

Joe Biden's campaign got off to a rocky start last February when he was pummeled for a "gaffe" in describing Barack Obama as "the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that's a storybook, man."

This week, Biden gave up his Presidential hopes as Obama achieved a storybook milestone in American racial history, a black man of blue politics winning a red state with almost all white voters.

In his apology for the remark, Biden had explained, "Barack Obama is probably the most exciting candidate that the Democratic or Republican Party has produced at least since I've been around. And he's fresh. He's new. He's smart. He's insightful. And I really regret that some have taken totally out of context my use of the world 'clean.'"

Obama has proven to be all that and more, and his Iowa victory this week has dispelled any sense of unreality about the possibility that he could be elected the first African-American President this fall.

If he is, it would be smart and insightful of him to ask Joe Biden to be his Secretary of State.

1 comment:

Yellow Dog Don said...

Good idea. Even if Joe can't speak Russian or play the piano, he is intelligent. He has developed a plan to resolve the civil war in Iraq. It is unlike the present strategy of doing more of the same and expecting different results.