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ELECTION: Biden provides great political comedy

Letter by Robert Bennett, Steilacoom on Aug. 17, 2012 at 10:45 am with 50 Comments »
August 21, 2012 2:16 pm

Every time Joe Biden opens his mouth, something unusual comes out. He is the king of political gaffes. His latest comment – “They are going to put y’all in chains” – is not only offensive but completely hilarious.

In 2009, he said this at a 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.”

In Ohio he said, “Look, John’s last-minute economic plan does nothing to tackle the No. 1 job facing the middle class, and it happens to be, as Barack says, a three-letter word: jobs. J-O-B-S, jobs.”

In an interview with Katie Couric he said, “When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn’t just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed. He said, ‘Look, here’s what happened.”

Apparently Biden did not know that FDR was not president in 1929 and there was no commercial television then.

On CSPAN he said, “You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent . . . I’m not joking.” I’m not making this up, folks!

Biden is now the Yogi Berra of politics. This wave of “Bidenism” is completely entertaining, and there is more to come. He’s the gift that keeps on giving. Keep it up, Joe!

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  1. He is VP. Bush was the Pres. and Bushisms are far better examples of misspeaking. I happen to agree with the chains comment taken in context.

  2. NWflyfisher says:

    He’s a court jester performing for the amusement of all. He does, however, draw attention away from Obama and serious dialogue about the economy, jobs and immigration so in that respect his bufoonery is tolerable to Obama & company.

    My favorite Bidenism: “Stand up, Chuck, let ‘em see ya.” –-Joe Biden, to Missouri state Sen. Chuck Graham, a parapalegic who is confined to a wheelchair since age 16, Columbia, Missouri, Sept. 12, 2008 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2mzbuRgnI4)

  3. There’s a competetion between Biden and “brutha” Al Sharpton as to who is the biggest comedian. To me, it’s a toss-up.

  4. LeePHill says:

    ” His latest comment – “They are going to put y’all in chains” – is not only offensive but completely hilarious.”

    What would really be funny is if a Republican ever took anything Biden or Obama said and repeated it in context

  5. ThinkerDem says:

    Give me Joe Biden, gaffes and all, rather than Paul Ryan, the “devoted Catholic” whose inspiration to enter public servive was Ayn Rand, a confirmed atheist who believed only two types of people inhabit the planet, those who are superior because of financial success,and the inferior beings whose lesser incomes and status are evidence of failure.

    Maybe Ryan needs to revisit the words of Jesus, whom he claims to follow.

  6. Nice try. You have not read anything by Rand.

    So he is Catholic (bad?) and follows the teaching of an atheist? Was there a point? Are you just throwing a bunch of term involving beliefs out there hoping one sticks?

  7. I know you will not read the thousand plus pages out of fear that you will realize your political beliefs are selfish and flat wrong, so here is a summary.

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlas_Shrugged#_

  8. SwordofPerseus says:

    CT7 your name is hypocrisy, own it.

  9. Frankenchrist says:

    Nobody will ever come close to George W. Bush and the verbal gaffes he committed on a daily basis. Dan Quayle is a distant second, but Chimpy McBush was the dumbest president in U.S. history.

  10. Sop, don’t be so scared. Read the book, then you can judge/debate intelligently.

  11. tellnolies says:

    “The Virtue of Selfishness” was better, in my opinion.
    There ARE valid philosophical criticisms of Objectivism.

    So far, a logically perfect moral or political philosophy has not been figured out, IMO, despite the claims by followers of particular schools of thought.

  12. “There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.”

  13. aislander says:

    I still don’t get the lefty fetish for name-calling, but it suffices that W had a better SAT and better grades than the mental giant, Kerry…

  14. bobcat1a says:

    I don’t recall any of you Biden haters going into a fit of vapors when Rick Santorum used the EXACT same words. “Oh Rhett,I am ovahcome with dismay ev’ry time that evil Mr Biden talks so mean about owah sehvants.”

  15. tellnolies says:

    “I still don’t get the lefty fetish for name-calling”

    While engaging in the rightie version of it? lol

    Can you do philosophy, or only “gotcha” politics?

  16. Just saw an article speculating that Biden will claim “health issues” to pull himself off the ticket and give Hillary a place. An Obama/Clinton ticket would be very difficult for Romney/Ryan to beat.

  17. “There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.”

    Excellent!

  18. averageJose says:

    What were Obama’s grades and GPA?

  19. averageJose says:

    Just saw an article that says Hillary wouldn’t accept the VP spot because he felt that if she were on the ticket with Obama and he lost, she would be tarred as a loser when she tried to run in 2016. If she was on the ticket and he won, and he continued his far left-wing socialistic policies, she’d have to defend those policies when she ran in 2016.

  20. Here’s the link to my article (from the Des Moines Register)
    http://abetteriowa.desmoinesregister.com/2012/08/16/schmidt-why-obama-should-dump-biden-for-hillary-clinton/

    Got one for yours? Cuz it sounds like something you just made up.

  21. 63% think Mitt should share his taxes in order to be fully vetted.
    http://www.politicususa.com/63-americans-demand-mitt-romney-release-tax-returns.html

    What is the percentage who think the GPA and transcripts are important?

  22. http://m.washingtonexaminer.com/hillary-rejected-vp-slot-to-ready-her-own-2016-run/article/2505206

    A google of Hillary VP and this is the first link.

    Of course he calls someone a liar before taking 1 sec to do a search.

  23. LeePHill says:

    “aislander says:
    Aug. 17, 2012 at 8:51 pm I still don’t get the lefty fetish for name-calling”

    “aislander says:
    Aug. 17, 2012 at 7:27 pm sodoffperseus…”

    Ahem….

  24. LeePHill says:

    Harvard Magna Cume(purposefully misspelled)Laude in Field — 3.756

    Obama graduated with this honor from Harvard

    Therefore, Obama graduated with a cumulative 3.756 or more.

    This is the answer to the Jeopardy question –

    “What were Obama’s grades and GPA?”

    It took me about 1 minute to research these facts. It’s easy to find things if you REALLY want the answer.

  25. averageJose says:

    Thanks CT8, I wasn’t sure who he was talking to.
    .

    You forgot your link Larry P. :)
    .

    Telling someone to “sodoff” is not namecalling Hill.

  26. I happen to agree with the chains comment taken in context.

    So you’re okay with offending African Americans… just as long as they’re “the right African Americans”.

    Funny, this former democrat African American doesn’t agree:

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57494183-503544/artur-davis-biden-in-chains-comment-insulting-to-african-americans/

    Biden:

    ““Romney wants to, he said in the first 100 days, he’s going to let the big banks once again write their own rules (lie). Unchain Wall Street (lie). They’re going to put y’all back in chains (race-baiting hyperbole).”

    Okay, tell us what “context” you’re referring to.

    Seems to me that when a white guy panders to a largely black audience by using a vernacular (y’all) aimed directly at that demographic, he demeans everyone – not just the intended targets; Romney and Ryan. And the fact is Romney has never said anything even close to what Biden stated.

    Biden’s giving ordinary fools in the democrat party a bad name.

  27. averageJose says:

    “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.” –Joe Biden on Barack Obama

    LMAO… what a racist he is.

  28. averageJose says:

    “I got tested for AIDS. I know Barack got tested for AIDS.” Joe Biden

    Ummmmm… ok. Carry on then fellas.

  29. aislander says:

    Just illustrating the name-calling, P’ill…

  30. The silence from the progressives here is telling. They go for the low hanging fruit while ignoring substance. When proven wrong, the deflect or run

  31. Telling someone to “sodoff” is not namecalling

    Changing someone’s name from SwordofPerseus to soddoffPerseus isn’t exactly “telling someone to sodoff”……..

    Not sure why you have a problem with Biden stating that he has been tested for HIV. Perhaps you still think that the virus only attacks gays.

  32. averageJose says:

    I think it was very responsible of Barack and Joe to get tested.
    .
    You’ve never changed someone’s name? Kooky.

  33. aislander says:

    Context is everything, beerBoy. Perhaps I should have stipulated gratuitous name-calling or adolescent name-calling.

    My improvement to SoP’s moniker was neither…

  34. aislander says:

    …and I suspect it will come in handy in the future.

  35. aislander says:

    Perhaps Larry is sensitive to that sentiment because it was contained in advice I provided a former persona of his.

    And he did.

  36. LeePHill says:

    “Seems to me that when a white guy panders to a largely black audience by using a vernacular (y’all)”

    To post this sentence demonstrates that someone hasn’t spent too much time in the South….y’all….

  37. LeePHill says:

    Sometimes, “The South”, can be South Korea

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LI5TJMlHfek

  38. dankuykendall says:

    Morons, there is no test for AIDS. Where have you been? Just another thick tongued flab by Biden.

  39. LeePHill, who are you trying to fool? The only place south of here that you’ve ever been is San Francisco, where you should have stayed. I don’t think that enlightened bunch down there uses the word “ya’ll”.

  40. dankuykendall – I am just dumbfounded by your ignorance.

    There are a number of tests that are used to find out whether a person is infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. These include the HIV antibody test, P24 antigen test and PCR test. There are other types of HIV testing, which are used once a person has been diagnosed with the virus. These include the CD4 test and the viral load test.
    http://www.avert.org/testing.htm

  41. LeePHill says:

    Your geography is as challenged as your knowledge of my travels

  42. aislander says:

    Well…at least geography is worth knowing…

  43. LeePHill says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCRqYEOVMx4

    Someone said “y’all”

  44. LeePHill says:

    Tell Frosty how my travels are not interesting. He’s trying to speak about them and the closest I’ve been to San Francisco is two quick stops in the Oakland Airport on my way to and from other places

  45. LeePHill says:

    aislander….

    Do you happen to have “neener neener” in your vast vocabulary? It would have had more impact than your last dig…

  46. Larry… are you trying to defend Biden’s racist comments based on the fact they were made in the south?

    Okey-dokey.

  47. So…..when a conservative claims that comments are racist it’s accurate but when a liberal claims that comments are racist it’s race-baiting?

    I’m just saying…….

  48. Just for clarity: ever since the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings I have felt that Biden was racist as that was the only possible reason that he was working so hard to show respect and deference to such an obviously unqualified candidate.

  49. averageJose says:

    If anyone other than a lib said…

    “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.” –Joe Biden on Barack Obama

    … he/she would be labeled racist and the nightly news would have made it their top story.

  50. as I recall aJ – that quote made the rounds on the media – the fact that it is so well known is evidence of that.

    I really can’t understand how, when a story becomes really, really well-known, conservatives point to it as evidence that the story wasn’t covered.

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