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Barack Obama Reveals How He Popped the Question to Joe Biden

08/25/2008 at 08:00 PM EDT

Barack Obama Reveals How He Popped the Question to Joe Biden
Sens. Barack Obama and Joseph Biden
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Sen. Joseph Biden

AP

Sen. Biden, are you ready to hit the basketball court with Barack?
Joe: Hell yeah, man.
Jill: He plays with the grandkids; we have a basketball hoop. He can train with Maisy.
Joe: I can't keep up with Maisy! The one thing I want my kids to remember about me is that I was an athlete. The hell with the rest of this stuff.

You were a college freshman when your new boss was born. Does that make you feel old?
Joe: I'm not old. There are still 44 senators older than me.

Are you carrying your rosary with you?
Joe: (Grimaces) No. I did have it with me [earlier], but I had a light blue suit on and Jill said, 'No, wear a dark one.' So I changed my suit and forgot the rosary in my pocket. I keep losing them. I think people steal 'em on me – I'm joking.

You used to stutter. Is it still something you have to consciously control?
Joe: I don't worry about it, but every once in a while you catch yourself and you're like, 'Oh, man.' It's not very often, but it's a humble reminder.

You conquered it when?
Joe: Really finished with it by my third year in college. I had to screw up all my courage to take a public speaking class in college. I was scared to death to take it. Speech therapy was a luxury no one could afford. But stuttering taught me a lot. It was probably the best experience. I wouldn't trade it – but I am so glad it's gone.

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