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Barack Obama picks a running mate

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The suspense and political intrigue are over!  The presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has picked Delaware Senator Joe Biden for the number two spot on the ticket.

Senator Biden is the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Biden is an expert on foreign policy and familiar with foreign leaders and diplomats around the world.

In 2007, Biden made his own run for the presidency and was quoted as saying Obama was “not yet ready” for the highest office in the land. Apparently, Biden has changed that opinion.  Many feel the Delaware senator adds depth and experience to the Democratic ticket.

I found out about Obama’s choice last night, while persuing the New York Times website. Shortly thereafter, I spotted a news alert on the Internet from the Associated Press saying Biden is Obama’s choice. So much for the high-tech planning of the Obama campaign.

It just goes to show you that you can’t keep a secret that big for very long.  Obama’s team had planned to make the announcement first by e-mail  and text messages to Democrats and supporters.

 As a Democrat I got an e-mail a few days ago asking me if I want to be on the list of the “first to know” about Obama’s choice for vice-president. You bet. I signed up immediately. Oh well, that’s not the way it went down.

On Thursday, Obama told the media he had made his choice.  Yesterday, Obama was in Chicago reportedly working on his acceptance speech for the convention set to kick-off on Monday, August 25 in Denver.

This morning I received that special e-mail announcement about the selection of Biden. Here it is.

Fronnie —

I have some important news that I want to make official.

I’ve chosen Joe Biden to be my running mate.

Joe and I will appear for the first time as running mates this afternoon in Springfield, Illinois — the same place this campaign began more than 19 months ago.

I’m excited about hitting the campaign trail with Joe, but the two of us can’t do this alone. We need your help to keep building this movement for change.

Please let Joe know that you’re glad he’s part of our team. Share your personal welcome note and we’ll make sure he gets it:

Thanks for your support,


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