Here he is, the man Barack Obama introduced Saturday as “the next president of the United States of America” (before immediately correcting the slip of the tongue). Following his introduction at the Springfield, Ill., event, Biden wowed the crowd with a sprightly trot to the podium, showcased his facility with the all-important politician’s point and waxed poetic about his personal history. Unseemly gaffes about Obama’s personal hygiene and command of language are apparently a thing of the past, the hatchet’s buried, and now the soon-to-be-nominated Democratic presidential hopeful and his newly announced partner, the senior senator from Delaware, are sharpening their battle axes in their quest for the White House.

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