For Our Consideration: A teary Joe Biden proves that American politics is ready for emotional honesty

Joe Biden is a bit of a funny character, what with his grandpa jokes and his “I commuted for 36 years” stories, but when he visisted The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Thursday, he helped mark a shift in the American political atmosphere. That is to say, he helped the public realize that politicians can be actual people.

Biden’s almost 20-minute interview with CBS’ newly minted late night host was notable not just because of the vice president’s coy comments about whether he would run for president, but because he was honest about his struggle to make the decision. When prompted by Colbert, Biden was heart-wrenchingly honest about the recent death of his son, Beau, who Biden said was “better than me in almost every way.” Blinking back tears and taking his time to answer, Biden was open, honest, and human, able to access deep and dark …

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