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Buffoon of the Week: Vice President Joe Biden

With gaffes like these, who needs comedians?

 

Our friends, the liberals, may be rejoicing over presumptive Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, but so are conservatives: after all, is there a funnier man in Washington than current VP Joe Biden?

Once known simply as the as the sometimes-off-color politician who takes the Amtrak home to Delaware from the District every weekend, Biden’s record of remarks has cemented his status as perhaps the most unintentionally hilarious man in vice presidential history.

The subtext – can you imagine if a Republican said this? – is ridiculous, but conservative outlets such as Fox News and The Wall Street Journal have made enough noise so that I have to believe most informed readers are aware of media bias.

Last week – when I wrote a on issues that should matter to every American – some insisted that I demonstrated a conservative-slant bias anyway – I make him “sound like a Boy Scout,” one regular reader wrote.

Nevertheless, consider last week’s “possibly” politically-motivated shooting at the controversial Family Research Center. According to the affidavit filed last Thursday: an LGBT volunteer entered the FRC headquarters in downtown DC, shouted about his dislike of the organization’s politics, and shot a security officer in the arm. The officer prevented the defendant from further entering the building – a real accomplishment, considering the defendant was armed to the teeth.

The defendant also carried 15 sandwiches from Chick-fil-A.

Nevertheless, most mainstream media didn’t pick up the story until this past weekend. Even then, the New York Times headline questioned whether or not the shooting was politically motivated. Imagine if a right-wing nut job shot a guard at a Planned Parenthood? That would be front page news – and rightfully so.

But I digress…sort of.

Joe Biden’s thoughtless gaffes inspired recent speculation that President Obama might replace him on the ticket with none other than current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – in fact, even Biden considers Clinton a worthier candidate, once stating at a rally in New Hampshire:

“Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am to be vice president of the United States of America. Let’s get that straight…Quite frankly, it might have been a better pick than me.”

His lack of candor continued during the stimulus uproar when he spoke of the odds of its success to the House Democratic caucus:

“If we do everything right, if we do it with absolute certainty, there’s still a 30 percent chance we’re going to get it wrong.”

Why let the reassurances stop there? When speaking to the “Today Show” about the swine flu epidemic:

“I wouldn’t go anywhere in confined places now…When one person sneezes it goes all the way through the aircraft…I would not be, at this point, if they had another way of transportation, suggesting they ride the subway.”

And on the just-plain-dumb side, when introducing a disabled state senator who is confined to a wheelchair:

“I’m told Chuck Graham, state senator, is here. Stand up, Chuck, let ‘em see you. Oh, God love you. What am I talking about? I’ll tell you what, you’re making everybody else stand up though, pal.”

Of course, every politician gets it wrong sometimes – even those who are great on the stump. By now, we’ve all heard Obama’s uninformed, inexperienced and thoughtless remark that if you’re a small business owner, you “didn’t build that.”

Taken at face value, these comments reflect the effects of the 24-hour news cycle and the instantaneousness at which an off-the-cuff remark can explode via Twitter, Facebook and other Internet sensations. But Biden’s unfortunate comments reveal a darker side of media bias when you consider what would happen to a Republican candidate following these remarks:

I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.” – Biden, describing then-candidate Barack Obama.

“In Delaware, the largest growth of population is Indian Americans moving from India. You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.”Biden, speaking to an Indian-American supporter.

And just within the past few days:

“Look at what they [Republicans] value, and look at their budget. And look what they’re proposing. He [Romney] said in the first 100 days, he’s going to let the big banks write their own rules -- unchain Wall Street! They’re going to put y’all back in chains.” Biden, to a diverse audience comprised mainly of African-Americans in Virginia.

But my all-time personal favorite:

“I promise you, the President has a big stick.” – Biden, referring to Obama using an illuminating hand gesture and, apparently, Teddy Roosevelt’s famous quote: “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.” 

I never thought I would write this, but I think I’m longing for the days of the vast right-wing conspiracy

John Loeser August 21, 2012 at 11:31 AM
The Patch needs to decide if it wants to be news or a cheap political rag. We can do our own barn yard spitting if we choose to go that low. Biden and Ryan are both proven public servants even if you do not like one or both.
Brian Collins August 21, 2012 at 11:59 AM
I couldn't agree more. Articles like this waste are a waste of time. Personally I'm looking for local news and information from the Patch, not this garbage.
Jean Marie Wiesen August 21, 2012 at 01:37 PM
You mean it's only fun and games when the Republicans do/say "stupid" things, but it's a "waste of time" when the VP who's, a Dem does it, repeatedly. Gotcha :)
Paul August 21, 2012 at 02:04 PM
If I want national news I go to national news outLets. For local news I go to lacal outlets. I do not look tp Patch for this kind of story. Stay on point-- you are about local news/ politics. Talk about Murphy & McMahon.
Jean Marie Wiesen August 21, 2012 at 02:08 PM
I'm on point; I'm discussing the article. You, however, might want to incorporate spell check, just for the heck of it. Way too many typos...my apologies for the digression.
Jean Marie Wiesen August 21, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Papers, whether they be online, or in print, can run whatever they feel is of interest to their readers; that's what's known as, "Freedom of the Press." I, for one, am damned glad that portion of our Constitution has not been trampled on. Have a great day, all :)
Lisa Bigelow August 21, 2012 at 02:35 PM
All, Thanks for reading and commenting. The Patch Back feature is meant to encourage civilized local debate about topics of national interest. As the author of this "garbage" and a regular Patch contributor, I can say with certainty that the vast majority of news stories pertain to local issues. Lisa B.
Jean Marie Wiesen August 21, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Hi Lisa, Personally, I enjoy your commentaries and articles, so keep it up! And, for the most part, I believe other readers do as well. I think, at the moment we're at the height of the political season, and a few knickers might be in a knot b/c of the VP's buffoonery/insults. Hey, it's the way it goes, and if the clown hat were on the "other" party foot, can you imagine the fun they'd be having. In short, carry on w/ the interest pieces, b/c that's what they are. Hope you have a wonderful day! JM
Rashomon August 21, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Biden is still a rank amateur compared to W. - they're all pretty hard to take seriously and I for one like the humorous gaffs as distinct from the usual "bumper sticker" quotes they reel off.
Cathy Sorge August 21, 2012 at 04:25 PM
When you mentioned fox news I stopped reading. Talk about baffoons .......
Paul August 21, 2012 at 08:52 PM
I didn't need spell check your superior intellect figured out my typos--and I was addressing the author Einstein, not you.
canaan guy August 24, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Cathy must watch Matt Lauer,Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow. Talk about lib buffoons.

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