An endorsement of Joe Biden from an Atlanta TV pioneer

A testimonial on behalf of Vice President Joe Biden arrived from Marietta this afternoon – a little late for last week’s debate, but well-written and compelling.

It wasn’t until I got to the bottom of the note that I realized that, after more than four decades, I’d finally received my own letter from Mr. Pix. In the ‘60s, he hosted the local children’s show for WAGA-TV. He drew pictures – hence the name.

Dave Michaels would go on to anchor the news at WXIA, then finished his career as a pioneer on CNN. Michaels is now 78 and mostly retired. Here’s his letter:

On the afternoon before the ’92 Super Bowl my son Michael suffered a massive cerebral hemorrhage – what was called an AVM – while working out at a local health spa. He was 27 years old. That night he went through six hours of brain surgery. He was in a coma for weeks following that surgery.

I was working at CNN at the time and had to take weeks off.

As you can imagine, my wife, daughter and I spent most of our time living at the Hospital and spelling each other for nap time at home.

Everyone we knew from personal friends to producers and news writers from work filled the Intensive Care Waiting Room at Northside Hospital daily.

I arrived home one time and saw Senator Biden on C-SPAN, introducing a bill to the Senate. He was in total command of all the facts and obviously ad-libbing.

I knew he had also gone through neurosurgery and called his office to ask how long it took the Senator to get back to a normal life after that surgery. An aide gave me some information about the Senator’s experience. The next day Joe Biden’s personal aide called me and filled me in with far more information.

A few days later Joe Biden himself called me. That was the start of a long series of calls and letters. He wrote my son and invited him to have lunch at the U.S. Senate. In that two-page letter, Senator Biden offered Michael incredible support.

He offered that same support to my wife and me.

Senator Biden lost his wife and daughter to a car accident early on, and he told me every time he hears an ambulance siren he says a few Hail Marys. I now do the same.

We know Joe Biden as a deeply caring human being. The support he gave this family is an amazing story. He helped and guided us through the worst period of our lives.

It is good for this country to have such a caring and dedicated human being as Joe Biden only a heart beat away from the Presidency.

I wonder where Officer Don is on this.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

For instant updates, follow me on Twitter, or connect with me on Facebook.

36 comments Add your comment

Road Scholar

October 16th, 2012
5:24 pm

Touching story. I hope Michael has gone on to great things. Biden is golden!

pcBobby

October 16th, 2012
5:24 pm

I worked with Dave years ago. He’s a class act.

Steve

October 16th, 2012
5:40 pm

I have heard many people (including a local long time Washington reporter) give a different opinion of Biden – basically, the arrogant jerk from the debate is exactly who he is in his daily political life. That is who is a heart beat away from the Presidency and who will be working with other US and foreign leaders. That is certainly not disputing anyone else’s personal experience with Biden, but many people seem to have the opposite opinion.

RCB

October 16th, 2012
5:41 pm

I’m sure Vice-President Biden is a very nice man and I clearly remember his health emergencies and the tragic death of his family members. However…..Ole Joe has been in Congress for almost 40 years and he is now part of the problem, not the solution.

Wondering Why

October 16th, 2012
5:42 pm

This is a strange article with a strange and largely irrelevant endorsement from a largely unknown individual that addresses none of the concerns of the current political and social climate of the US. In addition, while I am certainly compassionate toward both men in the situations they have faced in the past, my compassion does eclipse my ability to reason. In addition, Joe Biden is certainly too old and has had WAY too many opportunities to learn and exhibit better character and manners than he did in the recent debate. Perhaps Mr. Michaels should not endorse someone because of a specific incident that happened so long ago… goodness knows Mr. Biden hasn’t exhibited any honorable qualities of late nor has he exhibited any awareness or ability to resolve any of the issues that are currently perplexing our nation.

BehindEnemyLines

October 16th, 2012
5:55 pm

Golly, now there’s an endorsement that’s sure to carry weight. Mark Richt is also reportedly a pretty nice guy, maybe he should be VP. Heck, maybe they could swap jobs, neither is very good at their current one.

Fartavious

October 16th, 2012
6:23 pm

Biden is a phony, just like his boss.

WAW

October 16th, 2012
6:25 pm

Seems Carl Rove’s talk sheet is more important than Dave Michaels personal experience. You people who keep the spin spinning ARE the problem. Tea Party friend was not happy at all having to stand in line for hours because of limited early voting locations. Guess ALEC didn’t think about that. But then does ALEC ever think about “the people”?

Kris

October 16th, 2012
6:50 pm

Touching story…OMG I remember Dave from my childhood…dang I’m getting old.

Obama/Biden 2012

Cherokee

October 16th, 2012
7:02 pm

Another great article.

And Biden’s responses were entirely appropriate, given the extent of Ryan’s lies. But there’s a lot of Georgians who would rather be lied to by a white guy, than to vote for a black guy as President.

Democratic Plantation Dweller

October 16th, 2012
7:09 pm

Biden is a complete a$$

cc

October 16th, 2012
7:26 pm

This testimonial, although touching, is all too transparent.

No sale . . .

Romney/Ryan 2012 – so America will have a FUTURE!

double

October 16th, 2012
7:27 pm

Yeah Biden is to old.Did you see his cheat sheet? OH sorry,Excuse me that was Mr Romney.How old is he?And Steve hearsay don’t amt. to much.

cc

October 16th, 2012
7:34 pm

double@7:27 pm:

I know this will do little good, but IT WAS A FOLDED HANDKERCHIEF!

You do know what a handkerchief is, right double? You do realize that the mainstream media would still be howling, the F.B.I. would be investigating and Obama would have launched a drone if there was a shred of truth to your allegation, don’t you?

I honestly thought you were smarter than that, but apparently I was mistaken.

Kris

October 16th, 2012
7:38 pm

The the charlatan from the planet Kolob is 65ish…but might flip flop after President hands him his candy a$$ on a paper plate (poor mans silver platter)

Obama/Biden 2012—-America will have a FUTURE!

double

October 16th, 2012
7:39 pm

Well CC seems to me you are wrong most time.So don’t be too hard on self tonight.

cc

October 16th, 2012
7:48 pm

Dump the TURKEY, Romney/Ryan 2012!

Fry Big BIRD!

Kris

October 16th, 2012
8:07 pm

@ cc/cc–/CC/cc

Take your medications and don’t play with matches!

DUMP the turkeys Rom bot/Moe

Obama/Biden 2012—-America will have a FUTURE!

double

October 16th, 2012
8:14 pm

cc I watched the video again.Never did I carry my handkerchief in my front pocket.Neither nor was it starched.What he threw out was stiff,and slid across the top of the podium.Wrong again

cc

October 16th, 2012
8:31 pm

double@8:14 pm:

Quickly get a call in to both MSNBC and Bill Maher. Tell them you have valuable information for them and point out your findings to them. Inform them that you want a LARGE cash reward for the information. Don’t write about it again or someone will steal the idea and beat you to the cash!

Best of luck to you!

oldfart

October 16th, 2012
8:44 pm

I liked him best as Mr. Pix. I don’t put much stock in the opinions of news readers regarding politicians.

I’m still fearful of Biden or Ryan being a heartbeat away.

WAW

October 16th, 2012
8:51 pm

Just read that Billy Graham has removed their list of cults from their website. Romney visits and guess what? No longer a cult. First the Farwells, then the Southern Baptist and now Billy Graham. Politics should always be separated from religion. But you Baptist can go worship the Devil’s brother with your LDS Christian friends now and not have any fear of being called a cultist.

Georgia

October 16th, 2012
11:10 pm

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

October 16th, 2012
11:34 pm

Romney/Ryan’s party would, by law, force impregnated victims of rape and incest to bring full term their rapists’ biological reward. Only a fake man would vote for either of the fakes.

dixie

October 17th, 2012
12:12 am

Joe Biden is a class act. There was no reason why he should have sat quietly by while Ryan was lying his a$$ off during the debate. Ryan can pull that stunt in front of his idiotic followers, but it won’t work when he’s dealing with someone who knows the facts. I wonder if Ryan is able to sit down yet.

GOP Crazy Cult

October 17th, 2012
12:18 am

The GOP extremists and their low information hate radio crowd are taking America down kissing up to the rich. Who are they working for, Communist China, Rupert Murdoch, the Koch Brothers, Grover Norquist? Clearly they aren’t for American ideals. This continued pushing of their sex and pregnancy and medical laws makes them look like perverts.

These GOP-TP plutocrats can move to Russia…real Americans have had enough of these ignorant racist elites. The GOP-TP evangelical crazies are running out of angry old white men, so what will be the next core groups they recruit–Skinhead Nazis?

WAW

October 17th, 2012
6:45 am

Georgia GOP Legislators should take a note from their Presidential candidate. Mitt said last night that as Gov – Mass, he (not we, not a bi-partisan state government) sent any deserving student to state universities on full scholarship. If GA had continued the original HOPE program, GA GOP could brag about supporting Mitt’s success. But they sold out to private-for-profit campaign contributors and stripped HOPE, now they are going to put one of their lackeys in charge to make sure their “owners” get the returns they never deserved. BTW: With Amendment 1, they are doing the same thing with Tax money that should go to state schools and turning it over to private-for-profit charter school management companies (who have spent millions to scam parents into voting to be robbed). You get what you vote for, so keep voting against yourself.

Uncle Billy

October 17th, 2012
6:56 am

Right wingers do not mind government if they can defraud it (Gov. Scott of Fla.) or use it to create private schools paid for with public money. Only when it helps people struggling do they object. The specialize in cruelty.

Wilbur

October 17th, 2012
7:09 am

Who would want a crazy guy in your living room for the next four years. He was weirdly aggressive, not very smart and he plastered that leering smile on his face for two hours. Biden did not feel authentic at all. This is not who has been for four years. Why come to a national debate and be over the top strange? Red meat partisans might have loved Joe act but the undecided voters found him rude and strange. He put the final nail is the lie of Obama’s promised third way that was post partisan. Slo-Joe shot himself and his ticket in the foot.

An observer

October 17th, 2012
7:13 am

Just voted for Romney.

HUH?????

October 17th, 2012
8:04 am

So someone no one’s ever heard of endorses a liar and plagiarist. A person who told a guy in a wheelchair to stand up when he is crippled. A guy who made racist remarks about Indian people. A guy who lied on national tv about voting for two wars he said he didn’t vote for.

Yeah, the person no ones ever heard of seems like a class act.

HUH?????

October 17th, 2012
8:05 am

GOP Crazy Cult must have missed his klan meeting and ended up on this blog.

HUH?????

October 17th, 2012
8:06 am

“force impregnated victims of rape and incest to bring full term their rapists’ biological reward.”

Yet you have nothing to prove that stupid statement. What’s ironic is that crazy left wing losers want to kill babies. They just love killing babies.

HUH?????

October 17th, 2012
8:07 am

“But there’s a lot of Georgians who would rather be lied to by a white guy

Well, they did vote for Carter and Clinton. Looks like they learned their lesson.

HUH?????

October 17th, 2012
8:08 am

“Obama/Biden 2012—-America will have a FUTURE!’

Yep, a future with no jobs, bankruptcy and a racist president and a loser like Biden.

ComradeAnon

October 17th, 2012
8:39 am

When the media actually gets something right or points out a lie, they’re “The Liberal Media”. When a Democrat wins a debate, they’re an ass, or not authentic. Coming from a group of people who are told that Elvis is alive by the National Enquirer network 24/7, well, know you know why Biden laughed so much.