(CBS) He doesn’t really need an introduction. Joe Biden has been in the Senate for 35 years, CBS News anchor Katie Couric reports.
He won his first Senate seat in 1972, when he was just 29 years old.
But that early victory, came tragedy. Shortly after he was elected, his first wife and infant daughter were killed in a car crash. His two sons were badly injured.
“I felt like a piece of me had died,” Biden said.
Biden took the oath of office at his sons’ bedsides. And in order to care for them, began his Capitol Hill career commuting from Wilmington to Washington. It’s a practice he’s never stopped.
A powerful voice in Washington, Biden is the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. He voted to authorize the war in Iraq, but has since become an outspoken critic.
No stranger to presidential campaigns, Biden sought the top spot himself for the first time in 1987, but was forced to pull out following allegations of plagiarism.
“There will be other campaigns and I’ll be there,” he said.
He had his share of medical problems, too: surgery to repair two aneurysms.
“I joke and say those two craniotomies I had for these … aneurysms, they took the top of my head off,” he said.
Outspoken and candid – he’s sometimes a little too candid.
“You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent,” he said recently.
Biden is a man who’s been know to say what he thinks. But he’s learning.
At the April 2007 MSNBC debate, moderator Brian Williams asked: “Sen. Biden, words have, in the past, gotten you in trouble. Words that were borrowed and words that some found hateful. Can you reassure voters in this country that you would have the discipline you would need on the world stage, Senator?”
“Yes,” Biden said, curtly.
So let me get this straight. Joseph Biden was a single father of two young sons after his wife died tragically, just as he was coming into office? Where were the calls for him step down and take care of his children? This is what the media is demanding of Sarah Palin now it has come out that her daughter is pregnant. Is that not a double standard?
Then Biden’s comment that “You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent,” is given a complete free pass? If Palin said this, she would be strung up as a racist. Biden says it, it gets written off as a joke. The joke is the double standard with the media.
Then of course there is the famous Plagarism case against him. That is long forgotten? Long ago forgiven by the press?
In Obama’s speech to introduce Joseph Biden, Obama lists the following reason’s for his choice:
- “We know that the time for change has come.”
- For months, I’ve searched for a leader to finish this journey alongside me, and to join in me in making Washington work for the American people. I searched for a leader who understands the rising costs confronting working people, and who will always put their dreams first.
- A leader who sees clearly the challenges facing America in a changing world, with our security and standing set back by eight years of a failed foreign policy.
- A leader who shares my vision of an open government that calls all citizens – Democrats, Republicans and Independents – to a common purpose.
- Above all, I searched for a leader who is ready to step in and be President.
If Obama was looking for someone to change Washington, why did he pick one of the oldest and ingrained members of Congress? That was massive stupidity.
He said, “His [Biden] family didn’t have much money. Joe Sr. worked different jobs, from cleaning boilers to selling cars,” This is debunked below and makes Obama’s comment to be a far stretch if not a lie.
He then finishes up by praising Joseph Biden for raising his kids through the difficult circumstances that his family was going through. Where is the praise for Sarah Palin as she is facing her own family crisis? Instead the press demands that Sarah Palin step down, take care of her family (like a woman should and leave things like politics to men and lesbians?)
Steve Chapman of the Chicago Tribune has debunked the mythos created by the media and pushed by the Obama campagin, that Joe Biden has blue-collar roots.
As an example of his Foreign Policy expertise, Joe Biden supports dividing Iraq into ethnic regions which was opposed by the Iraqis themselves. This does not show much forsight.