Seeing His Boy Off
Senator Joseph Biden is seen during the National Anthem at his son National Guard deployment to Iraq ceremony. Best of luck, Beau, and thank you for your service!
You know, I've heard many many people doubt that the Senator's emotional moment at last night's debate was genuine. I'll go on record again by saying that if it wasn't, he's a heckuva(n) actor.
But just in case it wasn't, the Machivellian kingmaker inside me cheered. What? You can't approve of a theatrically political grand jeste?
Like when Empress Maria Theresia had to address hostile Hungarian nobles, and just before entering the chamber holding her infant son Joseph in her arms, pinched him to start him crying -- those burly Magyars saw a mother in distress, and when she finished her impassioned speech, they cheered the Imperial duo out of the assembly.