Grieving in public eye, a conflicted Biden mulls 2016

US Vice President Joe Biden speaks in support of raising the minimum wage for the state of New York to $15 per hour, in New York City, on September 10, 2015More than any other modern American politician, Joe Biden is living out his grief in the public spotlight, even as the vice president struggles privately over whether to run for the White House. Experts and former colleagues in Congress say Biden’s authenticity grows with every display of anguish and acknowledgment of family suffering. Biden’s deepest public exploration of his grief came during a compelling Thursday interview with late-night TV host Stephen Colbert, exhibiting a sense of character that voters would unquestionably embrace in today’s age of prepared statements, fake smiles and over-choreographed media events.

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