November 23rd, 2007
10:13 AM ET
15 years ago

Biden: Anybody need some coffee?

Sen. Biden spent Thanksgiving in Iowa.

(CNN) - While many of the 2008 Presidential candidates briefly abandoned the campaign trail in exchange for spending time with their loved ones on Thanksgiving, Sen. Joe Biden was in Urbandale, Iowa, demonstrating the true meaning of public service.

Armed with a with coffee pot and a smile, Biden maneuvered his way through the tables of a restaurant wishing patrons, “Happy Thanksgiving,” and asking if anyone needed a refill on their coffee.

As he walked through the crowded restaurant, Biden didn’t overlook an opportunity to discuss among other things, the need for updated armor to protect military vehicles in Iraq. He was still holding a pot of coffee as he stopped to tell one table, “Seventy-five percent of the kids killed today are killed by road side bombs, riding around in vehicles that weren't designed to protect them.”

Biden, who has been a strong advocate for increased funding for updated armor, kept his comments brief this holiday as he grabbed a fresh pot of coffee and moved on to the next table.

- CNN Political Desk Editor Alta Spells

Filed under: Iowa • Joe Biden
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. joseph,austin,tx

    to hell with this dog and pony show if he really wanted to demonstrate "the true meaning of public service" he would have done this at a homeless shelter and would have left politics at the door.

    November 23, 2007 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  2. Ralph,Nash,T.N.

    I like Biden,I would also like the people we put in power to do the job we put them in power to do,like impeachment of G.w.bonehead.the war,the economy,all of this is important,however we have a president that would make Nixon blush..

    November 23, 2007 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  3. Dan (Baltimore, MD)

    Senator Biden knows the spirit of the season? Then, why did he coincidentally end up in the first voting state of the primary? Wouldn't it have been better to go up the road from him home and volunteer at a soup kitchen in Philly? This was a publicity stunt and vote-getting gimmick. I hope the dems in Iowa are smart enough to see him for the political hack that he is...

    November 23, 2007 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  4. Christine, Burke, VA

    To clarify - Joe Biden isn't suggesting that Iraq be divided into three separate countries, but that they have three separate states. We here in the United States have 50 of them - why can't the Iraqis have what they said they wanted? Biden is promoting an idea that's actually written into Iraq's own FEDERALIST constitution. The truth is that the Iraqi leaders wrote - and its citizens voted on - a constitution that's not being followed by the thugs we've propped up. Why not? Follow the oil money and there's your answer. Biden is the only leader telling it like it is.

    I will vote for Biden in the primary and hope against odds that he wins the nomination. We need an intellect in the White House again.

    November 23, 2007 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. Lynne, Florida

    Joe is right, he's the right person for the job, and anyone with a brain can see it. He is gaining support, because people everywhere are starting to get it. I think he's going to do much better in Iowa than some would like to think....

    November 23, 2007 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  6. Rossana,Iowa

    He is a waiter and a Thief too. How about the speech he stole in the late eithties in Britain that embarrassed him. I don't think this is a good role model.
    I also think him and Dodd are after dividing Iowa votes so that eventually they will endorse Hillary. I am Latino voting for Obama!

    November 23, 2007 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  7. Amy, Fl

    It's refrehing to see that others also recognize that Biden is the best candidate, hands down, to be President. I firmly believe he is the ONLY Dem candiate that can get Repubs and Independents. I hope the Iowans are paying attention to the debates and to the SUBSTANCE of the candidate's positions and experience.

    November 23, 2007 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  8. lq, rochester mn

    The more I see of Biden, the more I like. He was very impressive in that fiasco of a debate last week.

    November 23, 2007 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  9. Sharon, Littleton, CO

    I'm leaning toward Joe....he makes a lot of sense, has solid experience and a self-deprecating humor that is refreshing. Too bad he's not given much time to speak during the debates!
    Biden's the man!

    November 24, 2007 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  10. chris, Chicago, IL

    What a humble act. This guy is definately Jesus. Oh, to clarify, I am talking about the Jesus that everybody seems to believe in. Not the ancient philosophical warmongering one invented by Roman Propoganda.

    Something big is going to happen.
    Yes it is.

    November 25, 2007 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
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