Tearful Biden Thanks His Del. Constituents

Also apologizes for serial gaffes, praises Michelle Obama
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 26, 2008 2:26 PM CDT
Biden and his wife Jill look on as he is introduced by Delaware Gov. Ruth Ann Minner.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – An emotional Joe Biden gave thanks to delegates from his home state of Delaware at the Democratic National Convention today, the New York Times reports. At a private breakfast, Biden said his vice-presidential nod “pales in comparison to the honor I’ve had representing you.” He also apologized for his loose tongue over the years, and said he couldn’t have made it “without you guys.”

The senator was also characteristically humorous, making light of his new prominence, the AP notes. “This is the first time I've ever had security. Senators don't matter,” he said. Biden also took time to praise Michelle Obama’s as “an incredible woman, folks,” and called her speech yesterday the most important of the convention. And Barack? “This guy’s got it. This guy’s got it.”