‘Suffering and Service,’ Stephen Colbert Interviews Joe Biden (One Year Ago)

Posted on by Jeremy Daggett

It’s sobering to think where we were a year ago. Colbert had just started his new gig on The Late Show and he interviewed Joe Biden on his third day. The Verge presented it as something “we won’t soon forget,” but we do forget, and we move on to the next story. Watching it again, this jumped out from the second part of the interview. Joe Biden:

Look, I don’t think any man or woman should run for president unless:

  1. They know exactly why they would want to be president, and
  2. They can look at folks out there and say “I promise you you have my whole heart, my whole soul, my energy and my passion to do this.”

This is the part that stuck with me, though, even after a year. Colbert:

It’s going to be emotional for a lot of people if you don’t run. Your experience and example of suffering and service is something that would be sorely missed in the race.

The words ‘suffering’ and ‘service’ aren’t being used very often these days to define leadership. Let’s start.

(By the way, if anyone can find Part I, please let me know)

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