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Joe Biden schedule update: Just another manic Monday

June 15, 2009 |  2:22 am
Democrat Vice President Joe Biden in another private meeting

After breaking ground at groundbreaking ceremonies in three states in two days last week and mis-speaking about the new $7-billion tunnel between New Jersey and New York, Vice President Joe Biden has decided to stay home in Wilmington, Del., today for what the White House describes as "private meetings." (See photo above.)

Now that the official ceremonial swearing-in season has slowed down, Biden apparently can do much of what his work is from home.

Today, meanwhile President Obama travels back home to Chicago to speak to the American Medical Assn. What a coincidence because the chief executive is trying to sell his idea of reforming healthcare and doctors are frequently involved in delivering such services.

The vice president's wife, Jill, worked Saturday, giving a graduation speech at Kingsborough Community College in New York.

But as The Ticket reported urgently Saturday, Biden also took the entire weekend off in Wilmington, where economic stimulus funds are helping to remodel the railroad station that Biden used for all those decades he was in Congress, which regularly also works a grueling Tuesday-Thursday schedule.

On the other hand, President Obama, who was only 11 when Biden entered the Senate, put in a full day of golf Sunday. The media was kept away, however, so no photos of the lefty's swing.

Here's the official Monday schedule for Biden from the White House: "The Vice President is in Wilmington, DE. He has private meetings throughout the day."

That's actually a pretty good line to use with your boss, especially if you've run out of sick days: 'I've scheduled a full day of private meetings at home.' Anyway, in Joe's public absence, it's up to the rest of us today to pick up the slack.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Photo: Associated Press