Steve worked for Biden. As a 1995 college freshman, Steve met Pennsylvania's third senator for the first time, and came away mesmerized. "Meeting him instilled a lot of values in me." One year later, Steve wrangled an internship in Biden's office. He returned in 1998 for a second stint as a college junior. In 2002, when acting as controller for the Delaware State Democratic Party, Steve worked again with Biden, raising funds for Democratic candidates.
What values did Biden instill in our county controller? As Steve tells the tale, Biden likes to say that every day, when he gets up, he puts his two feet on the ground and says, "Today, I'm going to make a difference in somebody's life." Instead of pushing himself, "He's always looking out for the little guy."
Steve also had a few interesting stories.
As Senators advance in seniority, they can advance closer and closer to the front. Elected in 1972, you'd think Biden is front and center. But he's stayed in the rear. You see, his desk was once occupied by Senator John F. Kennedy, and Biden obviously likes the ambiance.
The office that Biden maintains at the Senate Office Building is, amazingly, the former Vice Presidential suite. Dixiecrat James Eastland, a bitter foe of civil rights legislation, had a stranglehold on those chambers. But when he retired, Eastland "willed" those offices to Biden. Another Dixiecrat, Senator John Stennis, gave him the huge oval table that southern senators used to plan their filibuster strategies to extend Jim Crow. Stennis told Biden, "It’s time this table goes from the possession of a man against civil rights to a man for civil rights."
If Biden could have such an impact on bitter foes of civil rights on what is called "Confederate Row," he just might have an impact on some dubious Yankees in the Keystone state.