Like sending your little brother to the faraway grocery store to pick up an essential tool that has not yet been invented, Joe Biden will be off to the World Cup this summer as the United States' prime political representative.

He led the delegation in 2010 to South Africa, slinging such memorable sports slander as "we are going to beat England" and "it feels great being here." And this summer in Brazil may be no different. As John Kerry and Biden unveiled the trophy this afternoon, Kerry spoke on the competition's importance.

The one thing I can promise you is this: We will both be rooting to bring the cup back to our hemisphere.

Biden stood grinning, flashes of BRASIL BRASIL BRASIL and dreams of unlimited steakhouses a la Fogo de Chão dancing across his dome.

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