The note I got from Vice President Joe Biden last week puzzled me at first. Gregarious as he is, I’ve never met the man. And I wasn’t used to his calling me by my first name.

“Joel,” he wrote, “I just wanted to take a moment to thank you. I know you are volunteering for this campaign, giving time that is hard to come by. I know you’re also giving what you can afford to fuel our work, even though that’s also hard for so many. But you believe in what the President is trying to do to move this country forward. And we believe in you. Thank you again. Joe.”

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