The Democrats can breathe a sigh of relief. Vice President Joe Biden is out of the running for the Democratic presidential nomination. Biden had no chance of being nominated anyway, but we all could have used the laughs.
With his wife, Jill, and President Barack Obama at his side in the White House Rose Garden, Biden said the window for a successful campaign "has closed," noting his family's grief following the death of his son, Beau.
Still, Biden positioned himself as a defender of the Obama legacy and made clear he views himself as the best possible successor to the President. In tone, the remarks sounded like the kind of speech defending staunch Democratic values that he might have given had he reached the opposite conclusion.