September 16th, 2008
04:35 PM ET
6 years ago

Biden's typical commute anything but typical

Biden’s typical commute was anything but typical Tuesday.
Biden’s typical commute was anything but typical Tuesday.

WILMINGTON, Delaware (CNN) – Joe Biden returned to his regular commute Tuesday afternoon, surrounded by reminders he was no longer a regular commuter.

As he has done nearly every working day for the last 35 years, Joe Biden took the Amtrak train home to Delaware — his first rail commute since being named Barack Obama’s running mate.

Biden rode in the last car, half of which was blocked off for him by Secret Service. But the talkative Delaware senator didn’t stay seated long, wandering up to the dining car to get some refreshments and chat with his fellow travelers.

“Hey, I’m the nuisance,” Biden announced to the car as the press jostled for position in the cramped aisle. “I used to ride this thing every day and nobody paid any attention.”

“If we get elected, it will be the most train-friendly administration ever,” Biden assured another passenger, moving on to the next car.

Finally arriving at the restaurant car, Biden ordered a cranberry cocktail, assuring reporters the drink wasn’t alcoholic.

“I’m the only guy you know who doesn’t drink,” Biden said, “Never had a drink in my life, too many alcoholics in my family.”

On the way back to his seat, Biden sat down to talk shop with a group that had just come from testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, prompting Biden to remark that he would have been there if he weren’t “doing this.”

Barack Obama and his surrogates tout Biden’s nightly Amtrak commute home as a testament to his roots, and his link to Washington outsider status. At both ends of the commute Biden hugged and back-slapped Amtrak workers, telling a conductor “you’re like family.”


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  1. DJ Los Angeles

    Gotta love Joe...great sense of humor

    September 16, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  2. lol

    This guy's character is great.

    September 16, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  3. Hillary Supporters for McCain

    I wonder if his lobbyist son will join him on the trip home?

    September 16, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  4. EC

    OBAMA – BIDEN ALL THE WAY BABY!!

    September 16, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  5. Ex-Republican for Obama

    Now this is a guy that truely IS one of us and is a sparkling example of american integrity and honesty.

    Obama made a spectacular call in judgement by selecting him. These two are by far the best suited to lead our country out of the dire peril that McCain/Palin have caused us.

    Obama/Biden '08 (Integrity, Judgement, Honesty, Morals)

    September 16, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  6. Paul, NY

    Down to earth, friendly, an ordinary American man!!!

    I like him!

    Students for Obama/Biden!!!

    September 16, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  7. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Hey Joe I heard your son made a lot of money from the mortgage brokers. Is this true?

    I heard he is a federal lobbyist as well. It just never ends.

    Obama risky and a gamble with our security

    McCain will protect our country.

    September 16, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  8. Tori, Oregon

    Hillary Supporters for McCain September 16th, 2008 6:08 pm ET

    I wonder if his lobbyist son will join him on the trip home?

    Ummm or his other son that is in Iraq. GIVE ME A BREAK!

    September 16, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  9. Paul, NY

    "I wonder if his lobbyist son will join him on the trip home?"

    Educate yourself idiot!! He resigned from his role as lobbyist last week.. A sign that Obama/Biden really do want to change this country!!

    September 16, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  10. mac attack

    Obama/Biden

    September 16, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  11. j.williams, san diego

    too bad his son had to quit his job after Joe's nomination...it's a tough job market with Nancy ruining things.

    September 16, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  12. mitchell

    mccain wants to veto beer.

    September 16, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  13. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    Has anyone noticed that the Obama and Biden families sure appear to be more human than the android & plasticized McCain and Palin families? I'd sure prefer a "human" President & VP than a "robot and a Barbie doll"!

    September 16, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  14. Abby

    WHY is Biden at home – he needs to be out on the trail.
    Funny – the obama gang expects HILLARY to campaign for obama – WHY can't Biden – after all – HE is the VP candidate!

    September 16, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  15. Don't Vote For Hate

    See, now here is someone who really is one of the people. and it's nioce tio see he has an accurate view of himself and his place in the world, unlike others. *cough* palin *cough*

    September 16, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  16. Hillary supporter for Obama

    I like Joe!

    September 16, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  17. shadowgovt

    you go Joe!

    September 16, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  18. vperry

    I am scared that Obama is a fascist.

    September 16, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  19. tara

    What a regular Joe!

    Obama-Biden '08!

    September 16, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  20. rin

    he dont we want to leave the children out this peoppllllllle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! because we can have a million and one things to say about the Republican V.P. pick children!!!! dont go there!!!!!!!!

    September 16, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  21. Thomas

    The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square
    I heard he is a federal lobbyist as well. It just never ends.

    He resigned as a federal lobbyist. You are behind in the news.

    September 16, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  22. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    Joe, we will be proud to have you as our Vice President!
    OBAMA/BIDEN '08 & '12 YES WE CAN!!

    September 16, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  23. Jack

    Now that's a real "Joe". Senator Biden has always been in touch with the men and women of America and he will make a great Vice President.

    September 16, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  24. Dave, Illinois

    Hey "Paul, NY" your the idiot if you think that he cut all financial ties and benefits. Im sure his thought is that his resignation will only be in effect until daddy is elected. Your a prime example of a simple-minded Obamite thats all mouth, just like your empty suit candidate.

    September 16, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  25. Sally from Cali

    And he's not under investigation either.

    That is amazing how McCain goes all the way to Alaska to find a blizzard of controversy. Bad judgment call. Bad....Bad...

    September 16, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
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