Joe Biden practically skipped out of the Capitol building toward the dais, grinning and greeting friends.
At the center of the dais, facing the nominee, sat the committee chair, Democrat Carl Levin of Michigan.
He walked to the dais and delivered a beautiful speech in perfect English.
mid-13c., from Anglo-French deis, Old French dais "table, platform," from Latin discus "disk-shaped object," also, by medieval times, "table," from Greek diskos "quoit, disk, dish." Died out in English c.1600, preserved in Scotland, revived 19c. by antiquarians.