Thursday, February 12, 2009

Biden touches down, touched

Posted By on Thu, Feb 12, 2009 at 5:34 PM

From BW Olympic correspondent Mathias Morache:

Dreams come true for many people at the Special Olympics, including for Vice President Joe Biden. Sporting a Vice Presidential red winter jacket, Biden made a quick trip to Boise this afternoon to present the figure skating medals alongside Olympic gold medalist Michelle Kwan, completing a "dream" of his to walk on the ice with Kwan.

With international guests, proud friends and family, and a cluster of secret service agents watching, the vice president and the skater hugged and shook hands with the athletes as the penultimate day of the games drew to a close. Bringing with him the high regards of President Barack Obama, Biden enjoyed a more welcome visit than his predecessor. Unlike Dick Cheney's 2006 visit to Idaho, no protests have yet taken place.

From BW Calendar Guru Elaine Lacaillade:

Vice President Joe Biden appeared out of nowhere at the Qwest Arena just now, wearing a gleaming smile, a blue and white knitted scarf and a red jacket, to thunderous applause from the crowd and seated himself among fans for the last round of figure skating.

Being in the press section at the figure skating events of the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games was exciting enough—watching the athletes twirling, jumping and balancing on metal blades. But seeing Biden and Olympic figure skating medalist Michelle Kwan presenting the athletes with their medals was the icing on an eventful day.

After the last of the couples glided around the rink, the medal stand was quickly constructed and the Vice President, Kwan and all the athletes came out onto the ice.

Biden and Kwan hung fifth through first place medals on the necks of the athletes by, complete with flowers and hugs from the special guest presenters.

Biden took the microphone and shared with the crowd that one of his lifelong dreams had just come true: Being on the ice with Michelle Kwan and being asked to participate in the Special Olympics. He went on to say that President Obama was sorry he missed the opportunity and that the administration would focus on the efforts of the Special Olympics.

BW actually requested a sit down interview with Biden, suggesting a hike in the Foothills or perhaps a trip up to a hot spring. We never heard back from the VEEP’s press office.

[Rest of post removed pending confirmation].


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