August 26th, 2008
01:55 PM ET
9 years ago

Biden chokes up

Joe Biden spoke to the Delaware delegation this morning in Littleton, Colo.

Joe Biden spoke to the Delaware delegation this morning in Littleton, Colo.

LITTLETON, Colorado (CNN) - An emotional Joe Biden addressed the convention’s small Delaware delegation at a breakfast at their hotel Tuesday morning, thanking them for their years of support in good times and bad, and joking that the only reason he accepted the nomination was so they could get a prime seating location in the convention hall.

The Delaware senator lavished praise on Barack and Michelle Obama, saying the Illinois senator has a perspective he has never seen in Washington before, and predicting Michelle Obama’s Monday night speech will be remembered as the most significant event at the convention.

Watch: Biden praises Michelle Obama

“Not Barack Obama, not Joe Biden, not Ted Kennedy, but Michelle Obama's speech,” the newly-minted VP candidate said.

“This is a great honor being nominated vice president of the United States, and I am proud of it.” Biden also said as he choked up. “I don't mean in any way to diminish it. But it pales in comparison to the honor that I've had representing you.”

Biden remarked that he wished the breakfast was closed to the media because of what he called “corny sounding” comments.

Watch: Biden tearfully thanks Delaware friends

“I don't know whether I would have made it through a lot of the tough times in my life without you guys, I mean it sincerely” said Biden who lost his first wife and daughter in a car crash in 1972, shortly after being elected to the Senate.

He joked that his optimism isn’t “borne out of some congenital problem,” but said an election with opportunities like this have only come along four or five times in American history.

“I am excited to be on a team and I don’t use those terms, I’ve never been team,” said Biden. “I’ve sort of a been a one-man band you know.”

“I am honored to be part of making sure – helping to make sure I hope – that the first African-American, the first guy who looks at things from a perspective like no one I’ve worked with – and I’ve been around a long time – gets to be President of the United States,” Biden later added.

Going forward, the Delaware senator is expected to be Obama’s attack dog on the trail, but Tuesday morning he didn’t mention John McCain once.

He will address the convention Wednesday night when he will receive the Democratic Party’s vice presidential nomination.

soundoff (328 Responses)
  1. Sherry, Atlanta

    THIS IS WHY AMERICAN'S LOVE YOU. . .SENATOR BIDEN!

    OBAMA'BIDEN '08-'12

    August 26, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Wow, some human emotion...QUICK! When was the last time your say anything that wasn't a sneer from Shotgun Dick????

    August 26, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  3. Rob - WA

    This is a great man and if this nation lets this opportunity slip past we truly have reached Idiocracy status and deserve all we get out of it.

    August 26, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  4. Mike, TX

    Someone must have just told Biden that he cannot recant on his acceptance to be on an Obama ticket.

    August 26, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  5. Maggie

    Those are fake tears just like how fake Obama is. Both of you belong together but I know you and Obama will never be as strong as Hillary Clinton on her own. Both of you are so insecure in yourselves as men that you feel threatened by Hillary.

    She will always be the stronger person and I am her supporter still and will always be loyal to her 100%.

    August 26, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  6. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Spoken from the heart.........it is what can be accomplished when one's desire to achieve becomes reality.......Congratulations on your selection for the nomination as Vice President of the United States for the Democratic party.

    August 26, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  7. NYC

    Where's the backlash that Clinton got for crying? Can someone say double standard?

    August 26, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  8. TO ALL MCCAIN VOTERS

    Biden is a real man, so is Obama.

    the Republicans are a bunch of bullies who needed more attention as kidz.

    August 26, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  9. Mike, Syracuse NY

    The Democratic ticket is upside down. Hopefully Obama will set his phone on call forward to Biden for those 3 AM phone calls.

    August 26, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  10. Wayne

    CRYBABY BIDEN!!!!!! Man Up Already. This Democratic ticket is embarrasing!

    August 26, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  11. W. Taylor

    For those of you that are unfamiliar with that type of response, it is called humility. He was the best pick for Obama simply because he wanted it. That's the kind of person you want on your team. O'Biden will make history and I am going to enjoy watching every minute of it.

    August 26, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  12. Terry from GA

    Don't let the tears fool you. He understands what is at stake this election and he is going to be a pitbull and McCain knows that.

    August 26, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  13. Lacy

    I'd still would have preferred Wes Clark, but I can't complain about Biden.

    August 26, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  14. Wayne

    CRYBABY BIDEN HAS A RIGHT TO CRY! DON'T YOU GUYS KNOW HOW MUCH THOSE HAIR PLUGS HURT TO GET PUT IN?!!!

    August 26, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  15. tedious898

    Any sleaze ball that speaks ill of Joe Biden (losing wife and children in a car accident) isn't an american...just another stupid republican.

    Joe has been in the senate longer than John McCain. More importantly has actually voted more often than John McCain. Not hard to do though....John McCain hasn't been in washington this entire year.

    August 26, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  16. dennis from chicago

    do not worry it is almost over...wait until the courts decide to hear the eligibility of barack o bama to be president CAN A DUAL CITIZEN HAVE A NATURAL BORN U S CHILD.... the constitution requires it... O BAMA IS NOT IS NOT A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN CHECK IT OUT obamacrimes.com......good luck with your change

    August 26, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  17. Mike

    I am all choked up too knowing that Biden and Obama to ultra liberals will never see the white house.

    Hillary 012

    August 26, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  18. PELOSI SUCKS

    If this was Hillary she would be getting so much flack

    DOUBLE STANDARD MUCH?

    August 26, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  19. pdavis

    it's ok for a man to show emotion and give a heartfealt insite to how he really feels. Michelle I am soooo proud i can't hold it down it is time for a change and it is now

    August 26, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  20. Alice in Florida

    Gallup just reported that McCain creeped ahead in the polls by two points, and Gallup calls cell phones!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    There IS a God!

    PUMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 26, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  21. Jonesgirl

    OBAMA BIDEN 08 Baby! Let's BARACK AND ROLL!!!

    August 26, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  22. Griff

    You tell so many lies, and you can't take the Truth!!! Pity.

    August 26, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  23. faye, NV

    Congrat Sen. Biden my prayers are with you and your family. Obama and yourself will be a breath of fresh air longing to be inhaled by the American People.

    Thanks
    Obama/Biden 08

    August 26, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  24. mike

    wow, I teared too last night!

    August 26, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  25. Michelle - Michigan

    Jeannie, Sacramento, CA – Obama Leads in the polls in Michigan and his lead will only increase with Biden.

    So not only is Obama making in roads... we know he is the only road out of the Muck Bush placed us in! And, the quicksand Mcsame will allow this country to continue to sink in... for anyone who make less than $250,000 year... any ways.

    Obama/Biden! – In Michigan & for us all

    August 26, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
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