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Jill Biden, like the Gingriches, goes to Greece, but her reason is Special

Jill Biden, like the Gingriches, goes to Greece, but her reason is Special

Jill Biden was on hand Sunday in Athens to present awards at the Special Olympics.

The second lady was accompanied by daughter Ashley, who congratulated swimmers of the 800-meter freestyle.

Before viewing the Games' lighting ceremony, Biden greeted U.S. forces on the guided-missile destroyer Ramage, which is anchored off Athens.

"I am looking forward to watching the Games and cheering the athletes," Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, said on the ship.

On board with Biden was U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus.

With 7,000 athletes from more than 170 countries, the Special Olympics is the biggest sporting event in Greece since it hosted the Olympic Summer Games in 2004.

The last time we heard about a politician aboard a ship in Greece was when former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and his wife set sail on vacation not long after he threw his hat into the GOP presidential race. When he returned, 14 members of his staff resigned.

Perhaps if their mission was as charitable as this one, he wouldn't be struggling to stay relevant.


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-- Tony Pierce

Photo: Jill Biden on the guided-missile destroyer Ramage near Athens. Credit: Pantelis Saitas / European Pressphoto Agency

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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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