ABC News’ Matt Jaffe Reports: Following Thursday’s one and only vice-presidential debate, the mood in the Biden camp was nothing short of buoyant as they bolted out of St. Louis in the middle of the night.
When he arrived at the airport after his big Show-Me State showdown with Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Sen. Joe Biden told reporters that he was "feeling good" and flashed two thumbs up.
Aboard the flight back to Wilmington, the good vibes continued with a champagne toast from the senator’s son Hunter, one of 15 Biden family members to accompany the Democratic vice-presidential nominee to the Washington University duel.
"I want to make a toast," Hunter announced over the in-flight intercom. "To the next vice-president of the United States, my Dad, Joe Biden."
"And another to the team back there that made it happen.," he added, thanking the Biden staffers.
The Biden camp then raised their glasses of champagne and cheered loudly.
Upon arrival back in Wilmington close to 2:00am, though, thoughts quickly turned to Biden’s other son, Beau, whose one-year deployment to Iraq as a National Guardsman begins with a ceremony this weekend. The senator will speak at his eldest son’s departure ceremony Friday morning in Dover, after which Beau will spend the weekend with the family before reporting Sunday to Ft. Bliss, TX, for about six weeks of training.
Due to his pending deployment, Beau was unable to accompany his father to the debate.