In a monster interview with Stephen Colbert full of candid and emotional exchanges, Vice President Joe Biden was everything many say Hillary Clinton isn’t. Genuine. Charismatic. Real. Though Clinton is beginning to turn the corner a bit on a Fox News driven e-mail “scandal” there is still a great deal of contrast between her more controlled campaign and the much less packaged efforts of Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders and Ben Carson.
But Biden was on another level yesterday on Colbert’s new how.
At one point coming out of a break the crowd at the Ed Sullivan Theatre in New York chanted, “Joe! Joe! Joe!” Biden replied with a smile: “Be careful what you wish for.”
The Vice President talked in gripping fashion about the death of his son Beau. That talked turned into a moments of authenticity that are hard to come by in American politics with a landscape of talking points and endless consultants. Biden emotionally opened up about the loss of his son and his decision on whether he will run for President.
In the end, Biden told Colbert that he has not yet committed to running for the White House in 2016 in what came off as one of the most completely honest answers we’re likely to hear this political cycle.