The Washington Times - January 19, 2009, 05:11PM

It’s Gaffe No. 1 for Vice-President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill.

During an appearance on Oprah Winfrey’s TV show — produced Monday at the Kennedy Center — Mrs. Biden announced that President-elect Barack Obama had actually offered him the choice of Vice President — or Secretary of State.

Her hubby immediately shushed her. As in “Sh-hh-h.”

But there must be some substance to the moment. An official statement, a clarification, has just been issued.

At 4:40 comes this, from spokesperson for the Vice President-elect Elizabeth Alexander:
“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. 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.  To be clear, President-elect Obama offered Vice President-elect Biden one job only — to be his running mate. And the Vice President-elect was thrilled to accept the offer.”

Jennifer Harper, The Washington Times