"she needs/wide open spaces/room to make her big mistakes..."-- The Dixie Chicks
I now understand what cinched the instant bond between Vice-President Biden and President Obama--they both have wives who say what the hell they want, when they want, and don't apologize for it.
Dr. Jill Biden, married to a man who is best known for his tendency to stick his foot in his mouth, showed yesterday on Oprah what makes their connection work. Jill, too, puts her foot in her mouth, though she apparently loves the taste. Announcing, rather egregiously and without concern for consequence, that her husband "had a choice" between Secretary of State and Vice-President. Aside from the fact that when he tried unsuccessfully to shush her, she gave him her best "you've got to be kidding me" look and continued talking, this declaration presents two issues: a) had Joe Biden chosen SOS, would Hillary Clinton have been offered VP, and b) was Hillary, then, always a second choice for SOS? Now, honestly, I really don't consider this a big deal at all; the chips fell where they were supposed to and everyone is relatively happy. I am, however, beyond excited that we have a new high-profile gaffe machine in the political spotlight that will no doubt be providing endless BIC fodder. Ka-ching!