The real deal is that Joe Biden had offer of Secretary of State or Vice-President. Jill Biden then went on to explain that VP would be a better fit for the family vs. SoS which travels most of the time with that job.
During a taping today of The Oprah Show, Jill Biden said her husband was given that choice by President-elect Barack Obama -- presumably before Obama chose Biden to be his running mate in late August.
The Associated Press reports that "the vice president-elect tried to hush his wife as soon as the words came out of her mouth, with a loud 'shhh!' " Jill Biden, AP writes, went on to say that the job of vice president was better for the family, because as secretary of State he would travel too often.
Of course, Biden's people attempted to clean it up:
"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. To be clear, President-elect Obama offered Vice President-elect Biden one job only -- to be his running mate. And the vice president-elect was thrilled to accept the offer."
The tv audio clip is here in the story, listen and make your decision. I think Jill is more truthful than the somewhat cleaned up statement released AFTER the show.