Joe Biden: The Obama Administration's Cheerleader And Skeptic

07/02/2010 10:09 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

On Afghanistan, Obama's most problematic foreign policy issue, Biden has earned the president's respect and confidence by being both private skeptic and public cheerleader for administration policy. With a combination of subtlety and discretion that belie his reputation as a glad-handing chatterbox, Biden has parlayed the tricky dual role into a steady -- if somewhat improbable -- path to power in the Obama White House.

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