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Joe Biden released to give one Florida speech

August 17, 2009 |  1:06 pm

Democrat Vice president Joe Biden either getting on or getting of of Air Force Two

Today's official vice presidential work schedule encompassed sitting in on one morning presidential briefing and then, come late afternoon, administering a ceremonial oath to another incoming Obama official, the new U.S. ambassador to South Africa, Don Gips.

The VP also was scheduled to have some more of his now famous "meetings," which as usual remain undescribed.

Now comes word that Joe Biden, who has been not so very publicly visible in recent weeks, has been released by the White House to travel all the way down to Florida on Wednesday. He'll give a speech there at an Orlando middle school, highlighting what he sees as positive impacts from last winter's economic recovery act. Biden has been known to sometimes exceed the script. (JB will also squeeze in a fundraiser for a Florida congressman.)

Also assigned to accompany the longtime senator turned vice president is Arne Duncan, another Chicagoan who was tapped to become secretary of Education. But he's already taken his oath.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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