Stephen Colbert's first week of The Late Show run featured an impressive line-up of marquee names, including George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Elon Musk, and presidential candidate Jeb Bush. But before he even finishes out the week, Colbert's new late-night show has already peaked with its third episode. Why? Two words: Joe Biden. His presence alone made the episode unbeatable (until he visits again, of course), but then Biden addressed what many Americans have been holding their breath over (I'm beginning to turn blue). Joking to Stephen Colbert, Biden finally addressed a presidential run, saying, "I think you should run for president, and I’ll be your vice president." OK, so it's not exactly the announcement I was dreaming of, but it is quite a fun idea.
After months of dropping hints at a third presidential run — he previously ran in 1987 and in 2008 — Biden was put on the spot by Colbert on Thursday night. Colbert's message was simple: Stop teasing us! Oh, but tease is what he does best. Each time Biden has alluded to a campaign, his fans (most of all me) have gotten a little more anxious and enthusiastic about the idea. It's like he was slowly whetting our appetites until we were ravenous for a Biden campaign. Or perhaps he was just being the old flirt that he is, enticing us while withholding, like political foreplay (I'm deeply sorry, but there's no other way to describe it I'm afraid).
When he told CNN's New Day, "There's no obvious reason for me why I think I should not run," his supporters scrambled to come up with laundry lists of reasons why he should. And when he told ABC's George Stephanopoulos, "Yes, there is a chance" he would run, Biden nation let out a collective "woohoo!" Most recently, during a Labor Day parade in Pittsburgh (my hometown!), crowds cheered the VP on with chants of "Run, Joe, run!"
On The Late Show, Biden got emotional when discussing his son, and he also proved that he's thinking deeply about whether or not to run for president. He said:
Look... I don’t think any man or woman should run for president unless, number one, they know exactly why they would want to be president, and two, they can look at folks out there and say, ‘I promise you have my whole heart, my whole soul, my energy, and my passion.' And I’d be lying if I said that I knew I was there.
The million-dollar question aside, Biden was his usual charismatic self on The Late Show, which contributed to a palpable chemistry between him and Colbert. I mean, the man exhibited a level of charm that could only be described as "turnt." Perhaps the comfort between the two can be attributed to Biden's appearance on The Colbert Report in 2010, or perhaps it's just Joe being Joe.
Anyone who is familiar with Biden's brand of charm will know that he is capable of working a room like no other, effortlessly makes others feel like the most beautiful person in the world, and don't even get me started on that smile. I'm pretty sure you can see it from space.
"It’s going to be emotional for a lot of people if you don’t run," Colbert so accurately told Biden. Here's to continuing to hope for a Biden presidential campaign so we can see that smiling face even more often (and so I can stop holding my breath).
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