The Democrats’ official announcement of the nomination reads: “Joe Biden brings extensive foreign policy experience, an impressive record of collaborating across party lines, and a direct approach to getting the job done.”
But analysts believe this son of a car salesman will be able to deliver something else for the Obama campaign.
Professor of History at American University Allan Lichtman said: “Foreign policy has been Barack Obama’s weakest point. It is Joe Biden’s strongest point, of course as chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee. He’s also a kind of lunch-bucket Democrat with appeal to the white working class voters that Barack Obama has not really sewn-up yet.”
On the downside, Biden has had two disastrous attempts at the presidency himself. The first time he was accused of plagiarism. Critics say he can be prone to verbal gaffes, and that he talks too much.
But last week, when US aid began arriving to help those devastated by the war in Georgia, it was Joe Biden who was on the scene. He is one of the longest serving senators with more than 35 years service under his belt, many of those on the all-important foreign relations committee. And that is the kind of experience analysts say Obama needs at his side to convince the electorate he is a true world player.