Joe Biden

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Joe Biden talks about the challenges of bringing the Iraq war to a close and thanks President Bush for honoring the troops. (5:08)

PLEASE.

AT EASE.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS I HOPE THE

REASON I'VE BEEN STRIP SEARCHED

14 SEPARATE TIMES TODAY.

PLEASE WELCOME AND THANK VICE

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

MR. VICE PRESIDENT, THANK YOU SO

MUCH.

>> HAPPY TO BE HERE.

>> Stephen: I HOPE I DIDN'T

STARTLE YOU WITH ME HEROICS OVER

THERE.

>> NO, NEW YORK CONSERVATIVES

ALWAYS DO THAT TO ME.

>> Stephen: SIR, HOW DOES IT

FEEL, FIRST OF ALL, IT'S AN

HONOR TO HAVE YOU HERE.

>> HONOR TO BE HERE.

>> Stephen: HOW DOES IT FEEL

TO BE THE SECOND MOST IMPORTANT

MAN IN AMERICA?

DO YOU EVER GET JEALOUS OF ME?

[LAUGHTER]

>> CONSTANTLY.

PARTICULARLY YOUR HAIR.

>> Stephen: I GAVE A COPY TO

RAY ODIERNO.

>> I THINK I MAY NEED IT.

>> Stephen: SIR, YOU WERE

GIVEN THE RESPONSIBILITY OF

HELPING TO BRING THE IRAQ WAR TO

A CLOSE, WORKING WITH THE

GOVERNMENT OVER THERE TO TRY TO

BRING THIS TO AN ORDERLY EXIT.

WHAT WERE SOME OF THE GREATEST

CHALLENGES THE UNITED STATES

FACES?

>> THE GREATEST CHALLENGES,

TAKING A COUNTRY THAT HAD NEVER

HAD A DEMOCRACY, HAVING JUST HAD

AN ELECTION WHERE ONE PARTY, THE

MOST THEY GOT WAS 91 VOTES.

THERE'S 325 PEOPLE IN THEIR

PARLIAMENT.

THEY GOT TO GET 163.

AND PUTTING A GOVERNMENT

TOGETHER.

THAT'S THE MOST CHALLENGING

PIECE, BUT THEY'RE DOING IT.

>> Stephen: WELL, POLITICS...

THEY HAVEN'T DONE IT YET.

>> THEY'RE WORKING ON A

POLITICAL SOLUTION, SHARED

POWER, AND ALL THE MAJOR GROUPS

ARE PARTICIPATING.

SO I'M CONFIDENT THEY'RE GOING

TO GET A GOVERNMENT.

>> Stephen: YOU HAVE A SON WHO

SERVED IN IRAQ.

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: AS PARENT OF

SOMEONE WHO SERVED OVER THERE,

DO YOU THINK IT'S GOOD FOR THIS

COUNTRY THAT ONLY 1.5% OF

AMERICANS SERVED OVER IN IRAQ?

WHAT DOES THAT SAY ABOUT US AS A

COUNTRY?

>> MY SON CAME HOME AFTER A YEAR

IN IRAQ.

I WATCHED AT THE COMING HOME

CEREMONYING AND I WATCHED HIS

THREE-YEAR-OLD SON GRAB AND HANG

ON TO HIS HEAD, WOULD NOT LET

HIM GO, HIS DAUGHTER HANGING ON

HIS LEG AND I FELT ALMOST GUILTY

BECAUSE IN MY HOME STATE OF

DOVER, THE 5,686 FALLEN AGELES

THAT HAVE DIED IN IRAQ AND

AFGHANISTAN COME THROUGH THAT

MORTUARY, AND HERE I WAS WITHIN

TWO MILES OF THERE BRINGING MY

SON HOME, WELCOMING HIM, AND ALL

I COULD THINK OF WAS ALL THOSE

FAMILIES.

EVERYBODY KNOWS SOMEBODY.

EVERYBODY KNOWS SOMEBODY WHO HAS

GIVEN BEYOND ANYTHING ANYONE

COULD EXPECT OF THEM.

AND I'M ABSOLUTELY CONFIDENT ALL

THE TRIPS I'VE MADE THE IRAQ AND

AFGHANISTAN THAT THE AMERICAN

PEOPLE SEE WHAT THESE GUYS DO.

YOU KNOW, I...

>> Stephen: THE MESH PEOPLE

GET TOLD THESE GUYS DO.

WHAT CAN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DO

TO HONOR THE SACRIFICE THESE

PEOPLE HAVE MADE?

>> I KNOW THIS IS... I'M NOT

SUPPOSED TO BE SERIOUS, BUT DO

WHAT YOU'RE DOING, HONORING

THESE GUYS.

LOOK, IF YOU KNOW SOMEBODY...

>> Stephen: SIR, ANY TIME YOU

WANT THE PRAISE THINGS I DO, YOU

GO RIGHT AHEAD.

I DON'T CARE HOW SERIOUS IT

SOUNDS.

IF YOU WANT TO MAKE ME SEEM LIKE

A HERO, WHO AM I TO STOP YOU?

>> THE TRUTH IS YOU ARE.

IF THERE'S SOMEONE IN YOUR

NEIGHBORHOOD, 100% OF THE

AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE AN

OBLIGATION, WHO HAS SOMEONE

DEPLOYED IN IRAQ, PARTICULARLY

IF IT'S A HUSBAND OR WIFE.

GO AND OFFER TO BABY-SIT, CUT

THEIR LAWN, LITERALLY JUST LET

THEM.

THEY'LL TELL YOU.

ALL THEIR FAMILIES WANT TO KNOW

IS YOU UNDERSTAND THE SACRIFICE

THEY MAKE.

IS THAT RIGHT, GUYS?

ISN'T THAT RIGHT?

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> Stephen: AS I SAID, THEY'RE

STILL 50,000 TROOPS OVER IN

BAGHDAD.

ARE WE GOING TO GET THOSE GUYS

OUT IN THE NEXT YEAR?

IS THAT ACTUALLY GOING TO

HAPPEN?

AS I SAID, THEY'VE WON IT,

THEY'VE WON IT AND THEY'VE WON

IT.

DO THEY HAVE TO WIN IT AGAIN?

>> WE HAVEN'T SAID WE WON IT.

WE'VE SAID THIS IS A SIGNIFICANT

MILESTONE.

>> WHY HAVEN'T YOU SAID YOU WON

IT?

SHOULDN'T WE HAVE A PARADE FOR

PEOPLE WHO HAVE WON IT?

WOULD YOU LIKE A PARADE?

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

COME ON.

>> THEY DESERVE A PARADE.

>> Stephen: ABSOLUTELY.

>> EVERY HOMECOMING THEY'VE GONE

TO, THEY GET SOME SORT OF A

PARADE, BUT HERE'S THE DEAL,

THERE'S 50,000 TROOPS STILL

THERE, AND UNTIL THEY'RE HOME,

UNTIL WE KEEP PRESIDENT BUSH'S

COMMITMENT THAT HE SIGNED WITH

THE IRAQIS THAT ALL THE TROOPS

WILL BE OUT OF THERE BY THE END

OF NEXT YEAR, THIS IS A

SIGNIFICANT MILESTONE, BUT WE'RE

NOT THERE YET.

>> Stephen: LET'S TALK ABOUT

PRESIDENT BUSH FOR A SECOND.

THE ADMINISTRATION HAS GOT SOME

CRITIQUE, SOME CRITICISM FROM ME

AND MY CONSERVATIVE FRIENDS THAT

YOU HAVE NOT GIVEN ENOUGH CREDIT

TO PRESIDENT BUSH.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO TAKE THIS

OPPORTUNITY RIGHT NOW TO LOOK

OVER THERE...

>> MR. PRESIDENT, THANK YOU.

YOU'VE HONORED THESE GUYS.

YOU'VE HONORED THESE WOMEN.

YOU'VE HONORED THESE TROOPS.

I'VE KNOWN YOU YOUR ENTIRE EIGHT

YEARS AS PRESIDENT.

I'VE NEVER KNOWN A TIME WHEN YOU

DIDN'T CARE WHAT HAPPENED.

WE DISAGREED ON POLICY, BUT YOU

DESERVE A LOT OF CREDIT,

MR. PRESIDENT.

>> Stephen: MR. PRESIDENT, I

NEVER DISAGREED WITH YOUR

POLICIES.

SO I THANK YOU, AND I