The Washington Times - August 31, 2008, 02:53PM



TOLEDO, Ohio Sen. Joe Biden is apparently getting used to traveling with Sen. Barack Obama, who regularly is interrupted with shouts of “I love you Barack!”


(The Democratic nominee will say, “I love you back.”)


But this afternoon during an economic town hall forum with a few hundred voters on the lovely rooftop of a public library, Biden, 65, got the Obama treatment when talking about how he’s sure he will have differences with Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Sen. John McCain’s vice presidential pick.


“Well there’s obvious differences, she’s good-looking,” he said, laughing. “There’s obvious differences.”


A voter shouted something complimentary and the crowd laughed.


“Where is that person? Who said that? Would you say that again for my wife,” Biden asked.


“You are gorgeous!” the woman repeated.


“Could you make sure Jill hears that? I just want to make sure she hears that,” he said.


“I haven’t heard that in a long, long, long time, and hanging around this lean, young-looking guy is making me feel pretty old, you know what I mean, I thought I was in pretty good shape until I hung out with this guy you know what I mean,” he said. “I’m looking good alright, i tell you what.”


As everyone laughed, Biden added, “Let me end on a serious note. I was a pretty good football player. We’ve got to talk further after this.”


Christina Bellantoni, national political reporter,
The Washington Times


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