With the Democratic National Convention in full swing this week, People has a cool interview with Sens. Barack Obama and Joe Biden, along with their lovely spouses, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden. Here's the beginning ...
Q: This is the first mate you've chosen since Michelle.
Barack Obama: That's a good point.
Michelle Obama: Barack is looking for people who will challenge him, who will tell him no.
Barack Obama: That's exactly what you need [in a vice-president].
Michelle Obama: That's why he married me. (Laughs.) So I'd tell Sen. Biden, don't pull any punches.
Q: Now, if Sen. Biden starts yelling at you about picking up your socks ...
Barack Obama: Then we're in trouble. Don't do that, Joe.
Joe Biden: Don't worry.
Q: How did you pop the question?
Barack Obama: I called his office and they had to hunt him down. When I finally got him, he said he was at the dentist's. I realized later that he was being a doting husband, looking after [Jill Biden] during a root canal.
Q: How did Sen. Biden tell the family?
Jill Biden: My granddaughter, Maisy, turned 8 and we were having a little birthday party for her. We had just finished blowing out the candles and were cutting the cake. Joe said to everybody, 'Hey, I have something that I'd like to announce.' And he said, 'Barack called me and asked me to be vice-president.' Everybody – I get so emotional when I think about it – everybody clapped and started hugging.