So, lost among all of the pre-inaugeration coverage on Monday was the news that Jill Biden revealed, apparently, on Oprah that her husband was given a choice between Secretary of State and the vice presidency:
an. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Joe Biden’s spokeswoman issued a statement backing away from remarks made by the vice president- elect’s wife on a television program suggesting that Biden “had the choice” of being secretary of state or vice president.
Biden and his wife, Jill, appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s show today, the eve of the inauguration. Jill Biden suggested that Barack Obama had offered her husband his pick of two administration jobs. She said she preferred the vice presidency.
“If you’re secretary of state, you’ll be away, we’ll never see you, you know,” Jill Biden, 57, said in a clip of the program posted on ABC’s Web site. “I’ll see you at a state dinner once and awhile. But I said, if you are vice president, the entire family, because they worked so hard for the election, they can be involved. They can come to our home. They can go to events, they can be with us all the time. And that’s what’s important to us.”
Elizabeth Alexander, a spokeswoman for Biden, said Obama offered him “one job only -- to be his running mate. And the vice president-elect was thrilled to accept the offer.”
What makes this news, at least to me, is that Joe Biden's people are parsing this thing, and for what, really?
“Like anyone who followed the presidential campaign this summer, Dr. Jill Biden knew there was a chance that President- elect Obama might ask her husband to serve in some capacity and that, given his background, the positions of vice president and secretary of state were possibilities,” Alexander said. “Dr. Biden’s point to Oprah today was that being vice president would be a better fit for their family because they would get to see him more and get to participate in serving more.”
This is spin if I never saw it. Anyway, this has only heightened by curiosity about exactly what Obama and Hillary discussed at Feinstein's house at the closing of the primaries. To be a fly on the wall during all of these wranglings would have been something.