The Biden's appeared on 'Oprah' Monday afternoon, where the day-time queen will be filming her show in Washington D.C. all week, when Jill Biden let some information slip that apparently she was not supposed to.
Vice President-elect Joe Biden could have been secretary of State instead in the new Obama administration, his wife said today.
Jill Biden said her husband was given the choice to be secretary of State by President-elect Barack Obama -- presumably before Obama chose Biden to be his running mate in late August.
Shhhh! Biden told his wife as soon as she blurted out the news.
OK, he did, Mrs. Biden continued as the audience laughed. She also said she advised her husband being vice president would be better for the family as he wouldn't have to travel too often.
If you're secretary of state, you'll be away, we'll never see you, you know, she said. I'll see you at a state dinner once in a while.
After the Oprah interview aired, Elizabeth Alexander, a spokeswoman for Biden sent out a statement to clarify what was said.
To be clear, President-elect Obama offered Vice President-elect Biden one job only — to be his running mate, Elizabeth Alexander, a spokeswoman for Biden, said in a statement. And the vice president-elect was thrilled to accept the offer.
Like anyone who followed the presidential campaign this summer, Dr. Jill Biden knew there was a chance that President-elect Obama might ask her husband to serve in some capacity and that, given his background, the positions of Vice President and Secretary of State were possibilities. Dr. Biden's point to Oprah today was that being Vice President would be a better fit for their family because they would get to see him more and get to participate in serving more, she said.
This doesn't make Jill a liar; it just means that this was probably part of a larger discussion that happened between the president-elect and Joe Biden during the campaign.
Watch the clip on Oprah below:
The Secretary of State position is going to former first lady -- and Obama's last rival for the Democratic presidential nomination -- Hillary Rodham Clinton.