Minutes ago, Vice President Joe Biden held a press conference in the Rose Garden at the White House where he reveal his decision regarding a run for the presidency. He said:
As my family and I have worked through the grieving process, I’ve said all along what I’ve said time and again to others. It may be that that process … closes the window. I’ve concluded that it has closed.
Which in plain English is “I’m not running.”
The first part of the speech seemed off-the-cuff. A few times Biden groped for words, appearing to stumble when he spoke about deadlines. After a few minutes, he obviously took to the teleprompter, stating, “While I will not be a candidate, I will not be silent.”
Other than reaffirming his belief that Barack Obama took us “from recession to recovery” and his fervent hope that a Democrat will be elected to succeed him, he endorsed no one candidate.
Biden’s decision has to come as a relief to front-runner Hillary Clinton, who reportedly had a collection of Biden gaffes at the ready to release in the event he threw his hat in the ring.
At the beginning of his remarks, Biden thanked Obama for letting him use the Rose Garden. Obama, who for some reason stood in the shadows at Biden’s side, remarked “It’s a nice place.”
It will be a far nicer place in 14 months, when to paraphrase Obama’s late amigo Hugo Chavez, the stench of sulfur has dissipated.