Quite honestly I never thought at age 66 that I could or would fall in love again! After all it takes a special person to stimulate me into an awestruck little kid once again. Well, increasingly over the last months, I have become infatuated with a guy named Joe. At first he made me wince a little bit and then I realized we had so much in common.
He blurts things out that are true but sometimes not with the best timing. Every once in a while he gets so excited about the world around him he mispronounces a word or two. He is a devoted loyal peer and friend. Joe loves his wife and kids.
Wait a minute! Did I say wife and kids?
Yep, my new love is Vice President Joe Biden. He clinched it when I read this story from Daily Kos this weekend. What a moving and wonderful story.
Biden was speaking in Ft. Myers, Florida last Saturday. Little did he know that in the audience was a young man named Kobe Groce, aged 15. Kobe had a 'Forward' sign and he really, really wanted to get it autographed by the VP for his big brother Kaelin.
After trying and not succeeding to make it to the front of the venue, he was noticed by a staff member. The member of Biden's staff asked if he could help and Kobe told him that he wanted to get Biden's signature and tell him what the Obama/Biden presidency had meant to his family.
The staff member left but told Kobe to wait for him.
The staffer left for a moment and came back, saying simply:
"The Vice President would like to meet you."
"I turned around and looked back at my mother as I was walking with the staffer in disbelief—I didn't know how to react. I was about to meet the man that helped make my life so much better.
"My mother, Jessica, raised us as a single mother. She's a teacher and has worked so hard to support her four children. I wanted the Vice President to know that yes, we are definitely better off than we were four years ago. My family has received the tax cuts for the middle class that the President and Vice President passed, and it has helped us tremendously.
"The President and Vice President have gone above and beyond for people like me and my family, and they stand for things like keeping school affordable. My older brother uses Pell Grants and college loans to be able to afford school, and I'm thankful for that. I want to be able to go to Florida State University one day, and now I know I don't have to worry about being able to afford it. Life would not be the way it is today if they hadn't taken office four years ago.
"The Vice President approached me and I was introduced to him as a ‘special guest.’ I was overwhelmed with different emotions. I had this impulse to hug him, so I did. And I cried. I think I even got tears on the Vice President's suit jacket! I met someone who has done so much for my family without even knowing us, and that was an incredible, overwhelming feeling. I felt like he really heard me, like he knew who I was. I am hugging the man who will help me and help our President move forward."
"I explained to the Vice President that the reason I was there was because my older brother inspired me to do so. He said, 'Do you have his phone number?' Then he called him and said, 'Kaelin, this is Vice President Biden' and they chatted for about five minutes! He also signed my placard, and the last line of his note really has stuck with me. He wrote: 'It was a pleasure meeting you, keep the faith.'
"I'm definitely going to keep the faith, and the thing I'm most looking forward to is watching President Obama and Vice President Biden being sworn in for a second term on January 20th, 2013."