Hurricane Sandy had already forced the Obama campaign to scuttle one of Joe Biden’s two scheduled stops in Virginia on Saturday. The latest: It has forced the featured speaker at the remaining event from campaign duty to active duty.
Biden was to hold veterans-themed events in Virginia Beach and Lynchburg, joined by his wife, Jill, and his eldest son, Beau. The second lady has worked with First Lady Michelle Obama on the “Joining Forces” initiative to support military families, and Beau is a member of the Delaware National Guard who was deployed to Iraq in late 2008.
As the Bidens prepared to leave Wilmington for Virginia on Saturday, the younger Biden received fresh orders – his unit was being activated to assist in Delaware’s storm preparation.
Speaking to an audience in Lynchburg, the vice president related the conversation with his son: “Dad, the governor has just called up the National Guard. I’m going home.”