As the world premier of Veeps: Profiles in Insignificance looms, enjoy this Joe Biden profile by Bill Kelter and Wayne Shellabarger. If we ever do a new printing of the book, this is what will be added. (Plus perhaps Sarah Palin.)
Joseph Robinette Biden
w/ Barack Obama, 2009 -
“A man I’m proud to call my friend. A man who will be the next President of the United States — Barack America!”
—Newly-anointed VP candidate Joe Biden’s August 2008 first joint campaign appearance with his patron, who needed no introduction — and certainly not this one.
* As a young newlywed in his early 20s, Biden and his wife named their German shepherd puppy “Senator”, or “Tor” for short.
* For more than 35 years in the U.S. Senate, Biden rode Amtrak 80 minutes each way between Washington D.C. and Wilmington, Delaware, every working day. Arriving late to a Judiciary Committee meeting, he once said, “I keep telling my colleagues—if they fully funded Amtrak, I would not be late… And some suggest that’s why don’t fully fund Amtrak.”