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Late Joe Biden update: Private meetings, a speech, private meetings

June 18, 2009 |  6:58 am

Democrat Vice President Joe Biden, arms crossed, waits for his boss to finally finish talking

Vice President Joe Biden kicks off another hectic Thursday with a series of morning private meetings.

And he'll end it in the afternoon with, surprisingly, another series of private meetings.

In between, Biden, who spent nearly four decades in the U.S. Senate from little old Delaware preparing to handle the duties of the vice presidency, will meet pretty privately with the deputy prime minister of Australia, Julia Gillard. Photos will be allowed briefly.

Biden will also witness President Obama's meeting with the administration's special Mideast envoy for peace, George Mitchell. Closed to the press.

And the Democratic vice president will speak at a lunchtime Democratic fundraiser. Just to ensure no videotapes emerge of any impromptu Biden remarks, the lunch may be covered only by a few print media with pens (or pencils).

Oh, and yet another afternoon oath-giving, this one for Ray Maybus, the new secretary of the Navy. But because this is such a uniquely transparent administration, that historic event will be closed to the press altogether.

Other than that, more private meetings. Also closed. Hence the term "private."

-- Andrew Malcolm

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