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Is Biden Really Hurrying Back to the White House for a Bush Portrait Unveiling?

9:34 PM, May 30, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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There was some speculation earlier this week about Vice President Joe Biden's vacation. Why was the vice president taking this week off? Was tension mounting between President Obama and his trusted surrogate? Had Biden embarrassed Obama one time too many?

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Rather hurriedly, the office of the vice president made sure to let the press know: Biden's daughter is getting married this weekend in Wilmington, hence he needed to take the week for family. There was nothing else. 

But, regardless, the vacation seems to have been cut short. 

According to an updated schedule for Vice President Biden, which has just been released by the White House, he will return to work tomorrow.

"In the morning, the Vice President will attend the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office,"In the afternoon, the Vice President will join the President and the First Lady as they welcome Former President George W. Bush and Former First Lady Laura Bush to the White House for the official unveiling of their portraits."

But are we really to believe that Biden is hurrying back to the White House to unveil portraits of the Bushes? Just for a photo-up? Or is he getting worried that his boss might realize that he's OK without him? What accounts for Biden's return?

Either way, tomorrow seems to be it for Biden (for this week, at least). "Later, the Vice President will return to Wilmington, Delaware," the official White House schedule concludes. 

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