Santa Ana Police to be Honored by a Biden

Santa Ana Police Department honorees will be praised in Washington, D.C., by a Biden.

But it won't be Joe Biden.

It'll be the vice president's wife, Dr. Jill Biden, who will do the honors, the Department of Defense has announced.

Mrs. Biden will be the keynote speaker at the annual Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award Ceremony at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on Sept. 17.

Among the 15 employers from across the nation receiving the 2009 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the U.S. Government's highest honor given to employers for their outstanding support of their employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve, is the Santa Ana Police Department.

"Members of our National Guard and Reserves and their families depend on their employers for support," Dr. Biden says in a statement announcing her upcoming speaking gig. "I'm pleased to celebrate those employers who have done an outstanding job of supporting our troops as they answer the call of duty and service to our nation."

If it's any consolation to the Santa Ana men and women in blue who hoped it would be Joe and not Jill Biden honoring them, at least the likelihood of a verbal gaffe just dropped 200 percent.

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