Bittersweet day for Delaware

November 5, 2008 4:40:11 PM PST
The Democratic victory Tuesday night means that Delaware Senator Joe Biden, will be the next Vice President of the United States. Biden was already involved in transition business Wednesday in Chicago.

Meanwhile, at the Wilmington train station, people know Joe Biden. He had been a regular there, catching trains to and from Washington for more than 30 years. In fact, he would stop for a shoe shine at least three days a week.

The man who shined his shoes, Robert Jones, says he watched the Senator grow up, and he hopes he'll bring President-elect Barack Obama through there, too.

Gary Hindes, a one time political boss, has some bittersweet thoughts about Biden's victory.

"In some respects, it's kind of sad because we've lost our Joe. Now he's the nation's Joe. But we're all very proud of him," Hindes said.

Tomorrow, Biden is expected to be where he has been after every election return. It's called "Return Day," and it's a beloved Delaware tradition where politicians gather in Georgetown to listen to a town crier announce the election results.

They literally bury the hatched, and feast on roasted oxen.


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