Joe Biden's Quest

You'd think the guy who has devoted his campaign to Iraq would be rewarded. That's not how it works

Illustration for TIME by Stephen Kroninger; Photo: AP

Illustration of Joe Biden sitting on the White House.

The waitress came rushing out of the diner in Manchester, N.H., with a guest book for Joe Biden to sign and stayed to tell a story. Her name was Michelle Griffin, and she had just returned to work after being ill for two years. Her husband was working two jobs. They were putting two daughters through college. They had no health insurance. "There were times when I thought we wouldn't make it ..." she said, and tears filled her eyes. Biden put his hands on her shoulders, and his forehead on hers—an awkward but touching gesture—and she shuddered into...

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