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Not Prince Hamlet

"Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse."

Bagging for Biden (Who Needs No More Bagging)

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Our boy was sworn in as the 47th Vice President of the United States today. It occurred to me, watching the proceedings, how shallow must be my recent enthusiasm for the Senior Senator from Delaware. Not un-genuine or otherwise false, but shallow: lacking in the depth due a person who now stands not only among the world's great shapers of events, but as one of them without a superior, save one.

I attached myself to Biden in the summer of 2007, a time of professional upheaval when the most appealing thing about the man to me was his clear and direct manner of speaking that honored the complexity of hard questions and proposed concrete answers at the same time. In my work, I wanted to be like him: intelligent, articulate, confident, and able to screw up without calling it quits. I still want to be like that, even more so now for the role Joe Biden occupies.

Look, now, for commentary of the Vice President on this blog that is more substance than schoolboy enthusiasm. I offer it as a parsing of public service at the highest level, hoping that it will illuminate the citizenry for whom Biden today vowed to "preserve, protect, and defend, the Constitution of the United States."

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