Biden delivers painful-sounding praise of Obama

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Posted: Oct 15, 2010 2:43 PM
Biden delivers painful-sounding praise of Obama

How smart and tough is President Barack Obama? To hear Vice President Joe Biden tell it, painfully _ on both counts.

Introducing Obama at a Democratic fundraiser Friday, Biden said his boss has "a backbone like a ramrod." He added, "I kid him he's got a brain bigger than his skull, and he's got a heart to match both."

After delivering that praise, Biden poked fun at his own reputation for being occasionally over-the-top. "I never say anything I don't mean, and sometimes I say things I mean I shouldn't say," he said to laughter from Democratic donors in a reception at Wilmington's Grand Opera House.