August 6, 2003 |
Does Joe Biden have a date with destiny? The answer to that question may actually begin with a news story that happened in June 1987. It was a great month for Joe Biden, the U.S. senator from Delaware. Sixteen years ago, I traveled as a correspondent on the senator's launch of his campaign for the Democratic nomination for president. The journey started in the Amtrak station in Wilmington; continued to Washington, Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Boston; and the cities of Nashua and Manchester in New Hampshire.
June 2, 2015
WE NEED another language to describe the pain of losing a child, because the words we use - "It's unnatural," "No parent should live longer than her son," "What a tragedy" - don't convey the full weight or nature of that suffering. When you look at the faces of those who have experienced the death of a son or daughter, you realize even years later that they are not completely whole. Living without part of your heart, walking on half a limb and navigating the light with a constant shadow, it is the deepest of all sorrows.
February 7, 2014 |
VICE PRESIDENT Joe Biden, a self-confessed railroad geek, strode to the podium at 30th Street Station yesterday to sing the praises of Amtrak's smart new electric locomotive - and quickly noticed that U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, Philly's Democratic Party chairman, was missing. "I don't know where the hell Brady is," Biden told the crowd in mock shock-and-awe. "Tell him I marked him 'absent.' " Then Biden, who U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx introduced as "president of the Amtrak fan club," launched into a riding-the-rails rap with the fervor of a man who made 7,000 round-trips between Washington and his Wilmington home during his 36 years in the Senate.
July 28, 2016 |
If the Democrats want to be effective, it's time they addressed issues that concern white-working class voters, Joe Biden told Joe Scarborough this morning on MSNBC's Morning Joe in advance of the speech the vice president is set to deliver tonight at the National Democratic Convention. Scarborough, hosting the show live from McGillin's Olde Ale House in Center City all week, said Donald Trump appealed to that demographic possibly more than any other group. "You're talking about a guy who's connecting with those workers in Scranton, Pa., who's connecting with those people in Youngstown, Ohio, who's connecting with those white, working-class voters in a way that you have your entire career - and a way that Hillary Clinton is not," said Scarborough, a former Republican congressman who represented Florida.
September 18, 1987 |
Whatever other legacy he might leave, at least Ronald Reagan has established that a man need not be an original thinker to get by as president of the United States. But the Reagan standard does not apply in the case of Sen. Joe Biden, a man who would be president. It's one thing for a politician to give impassioned expression to the thoughts of his ghost writers, which Reagan has done with marked success. But it's something else to poach the ideas of other people's ghost writers, a pattern Biden seems to have followed.
September 26, 2010
Mark Greenbaum is a political writer in Washington Amid the precipitous drop of Barack Obama's approval ratings, there has been some speculation that the president could replace Joe Biden as a running mate with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Don't count on it. True, other presidents have pulled off a ticket switch, most notably Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt, but neither was dependent on his running mate to win reelection. Lincoln's 1864 victory had nothing to do with replacing Hannibal Hamlin with Andrew Johnson.
May 17, 2016 |
An army of federal agents, bomb-sniffing K-9 dogs, and local police protected Vice President Biden and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at Franklin Field on Sunday night while Trump watched his daughter Tiffany and Biden saw his granddaughter Naomi graduate from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Arts & Sciences. Trump arrived to warm applause from his section but when Biden arrived a few minutes later, the entire stadium erupted in cheering and waving, and he responded by vigorously waving back.
August 27, 2008 |
The choice of Joe Biden as candidate for veep made me recall a conversation with him at the 2004 Democratic convention. The Delaware senator was fuming that his party's nominee, Sen. John Kerry, wouldn't go on the offensive. Biden wanted Kerry to attack Bush failings on national security. "He has to talk specifics," Biden argued passionately. "When you talk in generalities, people say, 'Blah.' " The candidate shouldn't just cast blame, the senator added, but should spell out his own plans.
July 14, 2016 |
JEFFREY LORD, even in a season of odd politics, is an unusual political commentator. He's paid by CNN to justify, explain, and defend Donald Trump. And he has: on the wall, Mexicans, Muslims, Carly Fiorina's face. It can be a full-time gig. It will be at both upcoming conventions. And it raises a couple questions. First, why is a news network paying somebody to do what campaigns and candidates already pay somebody to do? Second, who the heck is Jeffrey Lord and how'd he get on CNN?
February 15, 2007
RE THE letters "Why So Much Emphasis on the Ethnicity of the Super Bowl Coaches?" To all those people who didn't understand the media's need to congratulate Lovie Smith and Tony Dungy on their accomplishment - the first two African-American coaches to make it to the Super Bowl, I have two words for you: Joe Biden. Some things never change. Vita Nelson Philadelphia