Turns out Hillary Clinton was at least Barry’s second choice for secretary of state. His first was Joe Biden, unless of course Biden wanted to be Vice President.

Jill Biden, wife of Joe, apparently is just as much of a “speak first, think second” person as her husband when she had an “oops” moment on Oprah today when she revealed that VP-elect Biden was almost Secretary of State Biden.

Jill Biden said President-elect Barack Obama gave Biden the choice of being secretary of state or vice president. The vice president-elect tried to hush his wife as soon as the words came out of her mouth, with a loud “shhh!” that sent the audience into laughter.

The Bidens made a surprise appearance on Winfrey’s show, recorded at the Kennedy Center for broadcast later Monday on the eve of the inauguration.

The vice president-elect said he only accepted Obama’s offer to be his running mate after talking it over with “Jilly,” his pet name for his wife. Mrs. Biden said she told him vice president would be better for the family.

“If you’re secretary of state, you’ll be away, we’ll never see you, you know,” she said. “I’ll see you at a state dinner once in awhile. But I said, if you are vice president, the entire family, because they worked so hard for the election, they can be involved. They can come to our home. They can go to events, they can be with us all the time. And that’s what’s important to us.”

The vice president-elect didn’t address his wife’s comments, but said he didn’t immediately take the vice presidential offer since he wasn’t sure it was the best place for him to serve.

Good to know all of these critical administrative roles and completely interchangeable in the Obama White House. I also like how Biden made the VP choice because it’d be easier on him and after all, it was their campaign slogan, “Country First”, that meant doing what was best for the country was a higher priority than personal wants and needs. Oh, wait. That was the other guy…

Source: AP

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