VETERANS’ TURN: Obama’s VP Joe Biden Channels Ronald Reagan’s ‘Morning in America’ On ‘Colbert’

President Obama’s former Vice President Joe Biden joined The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Friday night for his first late-night interview since entering the 2020 presidential race.

Colbert opened the interview by saying he was “still looking forward to the ’70s.”

“I’ve been looking forward to 1970s for a long time,” Biden quipped back.

Biden later dove into his family background as a family man as his son, Beau, died in 2015 at age 46 from brain cancer. Biden acknowledged how impossible the experience was for him and his wife to bear, but said the coping process also saved him from some of the more debilitating ways men take on personal tragedies.

Biden credited a man named Jim Mann for helping him, and the rest of his family, through the tragedies of Beau’s death.

“I was burning inside, I was boiling, and I was beyond burned out, and Jim helped me, and he got me going again, and he said, ‘Don’t let your own pain get you to where you make your loss into a bigger wound than it really is.’ ‘And if you don’t, and you can’t feel your pain, ‘that means you’re not gonna get through this,’” Biden recalled.

Colbert continued his line of questioning by asking Biden about some of the other people who have launched their presidential bids: Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice.

“I’m not against,” Biden said when asked if he thought those other potential Democratic candidates could take the White House.

“I don’t know if they will. But I think they are credible candidates,” he added.

As for Trump, Biden said there are issues where they might not be able to work together, including trade and defense.

“He’s president now,” Biden said. “My goal is that we would win but that we would do it as a team.”

After a number of questions and comments from Colbert, Biden finally asked if the audience would help. He asked if the audience would come to campaign events with him, telling people to “go get Joe Biden” when he walks into a room.

“It’s like asking the NBA stars to wear a Lakers uniform,” Colbert quipped, “and do a hard pass.”

The president appeared on the late-night show on Tuesday, during his second visit to the Tonight Show.

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