Given that relationship, it was compelling to watch Biden, age 72, end a lifelong dream with Obama, a man 18 years his junior and one who had achieved that dream, standing by his side. "I believe we're out of time, the time necessary to mount a winning campaign for the nomination," Biden said as Obama stood silent a few feet away. "But while I will not be a candidate, I will not be silent."
Biden's speech felt like the address he wanted to give to launch a campaign for president, but knew he couldn't. The timing wasn't right -- and won't be. Obama, of course, knew all that -- and knew that, for him, the timing had been perfect.
How do you comfort an old friend who has to let a dream drift away? You put a hand on his shoulder.