…And, behind him and to the right? That kid with the glasses? Yeah, him. Take a gander at 0:14: he is giving The Look to Biden.
“I have traveled over 640,000 miles since I’ve been Vice President, and most of the time the President sends me to places that he doesn’t want to go. So I’ve spent an awful lot of time with McCain and others in Afghanistan and Iraq, and so it’s nice to be here in Germany.”
Mind you, I understand President Obama’s reluctance to visit either country: it is currently full of people who the President must find to be absolutely alien to him, not to mention completely outside of his experience. The differences in morals, ethics, culture, cultural assumptions, attitudes about and towards women, religious belief structures, general outlook on life… these are all profoundly different; the President clearly does not understand the people who hold them, and never probably never will. I suspect that Obama doesn’t really want to understand them, either.
And that’s just the American military. God only knows what Barack Obama thinks of Afghans and Iraqis.
(H/T: Hot Air)
While I understand that it’s absolutely fascinating to watch Joe Biden campaign on the unique message Let’s have a trillion dollar tax hike!
BIDEN: “On top of the trillions of dollars of spending that we have already cut, we’re gonna ask – yes – we’re gonna ask the wealthy to pay more. My heart breaks, come on man. You know the phrase they always use? Obama and Biden want to raise taxes by a trillion dollars. Guess what? Yes we do in one regard. We want to let that trillion dollar tax cut expire so the middle class doesn’t have to bear the burden of all that money going to the super wealthy. That’s not a tax raise, that’s called fairness where I come from.”
“The middle class has been BURIED! …The last four years.”
Well, the RNC put out an ad about it…
…but the real sign of the Oopsie?
PS: No, I don’t see a dime of that T-shirt money. And yet I’m flogging ‘em anyway. Wow, I must really want Romney to win.
Now he’s just messing with the rest of us.
VP Biden: “The President and I have a fundamentally different vision for this country and a fundamentally different value set.”
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 21, 2012
What clown-squared thought that this clown should be a heartbeat away from the Presidency? Oh, right, the current President.
TYPICALLY AT this point on the political calendar, a sitting vice president scrupulously downplays his interest in ascending to the top job. The thought of course consumes him, but actually discussing it strikes him as breathtakingly gauche. Vice presidents as varied as Walter Mondale, George H.W. Bush, and Al Gore all gamely hewed to this script.
And then there is Joe Biden.
…Yes. Yes, there is. (more…)
What is this newspaper, and what have they done with the Boston Globe?
Because I never thought that I would see a major Democratic newspaper lecture a Democratic Vice President like this – and lecture liberals for letting said Vice President get away with murdering his own rhetoric for so long:
Liberals routinely dismiss Biden’s gaffes as the rhetorical excesses of an overly exuberant speaker — it’s “Joe being Joe.” And there can be something appealing about a politician who throws caution and the script that goes with it to the winds. Yet when conservative speakers get overly exuberant and cross a rhetorical line, they are presumed racist or culturally insensitive, rather than refreshingly free-spirited. One standard should apply.
I assume that everyone is checked out on the basic story? Vice President Joe Biden Opened His Mouth at a majority-African American audience in Virginia and told that audience that if Romney got elected they were all going to end up in chains (he also told them that they were in North Carolina, but that kind of reality-based ambiguity is more or less baked into the cake that is Joe Biden). The White House has decided to pretend that they didn’t hear about it right away… sure you didn’t, Mister President – and that the whole thing is a ‘distraction,’ which is Beltway-speak for ‘a solid sucker punch right to the solar plexus.’ I’d say that Obama has gotten surprisingly adroit at sounding like a typical Dizzy City political… ah, ‘operative’… except that this would be unfair to the Chicago political machine. Mendacity and baldfaced lying are part of the Illinois Combine – and they’re good at it, thank you very much.
Well, former Governor Wilder isn’t too happy about the entire situation:
Normally the collective scorn of the blogosphere would be focused like a laser on his… Bidenesque… statement that Senator Stuart Smalley of Minnesota* was a “leading legal scholar.” As it is, everybody’s all Oh, yeah, Joe Biden opened his mouth and stupidity came out. Again. Which is not great, but it’s not actually driving the news. On the other hand, one presumes that Vice President talks because, somewhere in the recesses of his own private universe, he clutched to belief that doing so will still help his friends? Somehow?
On the gripping hand, this is possibly the first time in months that Al Franken was actually in the news, even in passing…
*Also: Fox Nation using that picture for Al Franken was so subtly nasty that I completely missed it at first.
…that there would be days when he’d have to defend things like Joe Biden’s assertion that the Osama bin Laden was the most audacious military action in half a millennium? I personally hope not: being press secretary for this administration means being OK with being a swarmy little suckweasel (seriously, it’s listed as a job requirement), which makes my sympathies, ah, muted.
Video at the link: I’d say that it was funny the way that the press corps laughed at the whole thing, except that the below demonstrates the extent to which they covered it:
Not to be impolite or anything, but Sarah Palin got more grief over a comment that she didn’t even make.
You can go back 500 years. You cannot find a more audacious plan. Never knowing for certain. We never had more than a 48 percent probability that he was there.
As Ed Morrissey notes, when you can’t get the Huffington Post to sign off on a stupid thing that a Democratic official says, you have gotten far out in the weeds indeed. I’d also like to add that the Vice President’s words attempt to diminish and dishonor the memory of the men who fought at Inchon; and I note that battle in particular because my own father (who was a good Democrat and Obama supporter, by the way) was one of those men*.
Moe Lane (more…)