That Barack Obama is one funny guy:
“Senators Barack Obama and Joseph R. Biden Jr. seldom see each other as they campaign for the Democratic ticket. And they talk only occasionally. But on Wednesday, Mr. Obama delivered a long-distance message to his running mate. “I think Joe sometimes engages in rhetorical flourishes,” Mr. Obama said, gently chiding the vice-presidential nominee as he sought to sweep aside a dustup Mr. Biden touched off when he predicted that a world crisis would test Mr. Obama during his first six months in office.”
"Rhetorical flourishes" -- good one. It makes it sound like somebody should follow Biden around, ever ready go "Ta da!" I hope they can just give him a time out, maybe stick him in a corner for four years.