Obama has repeatedly said that choosing
Biden was the smartest decision he has made in politics. And, at the
funeral for Beau Biden, the vice president's oldest son, the president
said of his running mate: "Joe, you are my brother. And I’m grateful
every day that you’ve got such a big heart, and a big soul, and those
broad shoulders. I couldn’t admire you more."
that relationship, it was compelling to watch Biden, age 72, end a
lifelong dream with Obama, a man 18 years his junior and one who had
achieved that dream, standing by his side. "I believe we're out of time,
the time necessary to mount a winning campaign for the nomination,"
Biden said as Obama stood silent a few feet away. "But while I will not
be a candidate, I will not be silent."
How do you comfort an old friend who has to let a dream drift away? You put a hand on his shoulder.
I like that last line a lot.
know I have to admit that I was kind of puzzled by the fact that
President Obama was standing next to Biden while he told the media that
he would NOT be running for the presidency in 2016.
But after I thought about it for a minute or two I figured out exactly why President Obama was there.
Because his friend Joe Biden asked him to be there.