Joseph R. Biden Jr. — simply “Joe” to his home state of Delaware if not the whole country — has enjoyed a storied career. Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1972. Re-elected six times. Ran for the presidential nomination of the Democratic Party in 1988. Ran again in 2008 but lost to Barack Obama, who selected him as his running mate, making Biden the 47th vice president of the United States.
Politics is the backdrop to Biden’s engaging new memoir, “Promise Me, Dad.” He remembers the call Obama made in June 2008 to ask him to be vetted as his potential running mate. Biden said no. “Do me a favor, Joe,” Obama said. “Go home and talk it over with the family first.” When Biden did, his mother put it this way: “The first African-American in history who has a chance to be president says he needs your help to win — and you said no.” That changed Biden’s mind.
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