Joe Lieberman has been riding John McCain’s coattails since the tide shifted in the Republican primaries; Tuesday the Jewish senator, who came improbably close of the vice presidency in 2000, praised McCain at the Republican National Convention. But two years ago Lieberman was exhorting McCain’s Democratic rival, Barack Obama, pledging his support and playing up his involvement in the young senator’s development.
“As far as I’m concerned [Barack Obama] is a ‘Baruch,’ which means a blessing. He is a blessing to the United States Senate, to America, and to our shared hopes for better, safer tomorrows for all our families,” Lieberman said, captured in the above video. “The gifts that God has given to Barack Obama are as enormous as his future is unlimited. As his mentor, as his colleague, as his friend, I look forward to helping him reach to the stars and realize not just the dreams he has for himself, but the dreams we all have for him and our blessed country.”