Posted by: brian | January 20, 2009

Jill Biden Spills, Oprah Gushes

Appearing on Oprah with her husband Joe, Jill Biden claimed that he had his choice: Vice President or Secretary of State.

Naturally, our new VP’s spokesperson denied this claim:

After the exchange aired on television three hours later, Biden spokeswoman Elizabeth Alexander denied Jill Biden’s account in a statement e-mailed to reporters.

“To be clear, President-elect Obama offered Vice President-elect Biden one job only — to be his running mate,” the statement said. “And the vice president-elect was thrilled to accept the offer.”

There are two possibilities here:

  • What she said is true. This seems likely to me, given Joe’s reaction to the statement.
  • What she said was a misunderstanding on her part. If this is true, why did Joe get so flustered? Why didn’t he just say something like, “Actually, Barack & I talked about the possibility of my taking the State Department position, but there was never any offer on the table.” He did try to talk his way out of it, but he didn’t directly refute what his wife said.

As Wonkette points out: “The point is, Jill Biden does not have to tell Oprah everything.

Of course, since it was a show by, for, and about Oprah, it was little more than a celebrity wankfest, featuring the only people whose opinions matter:

The Bidens made a surprise appearance on Winfrey’s show. The celebrity-filled show also included the premiere of “America’s Song,” performed by Faith Hill, Seal, Bono, Mary J. Blige, and David Foster in honor of the occasion and available for free download on Winfrey’s Web site for 24 hours.

Winfrey also interviewed movie star couple Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher about how Obama has inspired them to pledge to help end slave labor around the world and encourage other people to make a pledge to improve their communities. Other celebrities, including Scarlett Johansson, Justin Timberlake and Forest Whitaker appeared by videotape to talk about what Obama’s election means to them.

Winfrey, who made her first ever presidential endorsement for Obama, heralded the significance of the moment particularly coming the day after Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

“I feel like I am better because of his being elected,” Winfrey said. “And I think that the country is going to be better. I feel like it is a beautiful thing, and we all start to see ourselves differently, the possibility.”

Isn’t it great? Oprah is telling us how important and historical this moment is. That’s a plus, because if she didn’t, her mindless minions/followers/fans wouldn’t know how to react to the event.


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