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

Jeff August 22, 2012 at 11:33 AM
This moron disgrace who's taken the rather irrelevant office of the VP deep into the gutter has actually been beneficial. He's help expose the unmitigated disaster that is President Obama. I personally think Obama and Hillary absolutely hate each other but it would have helped his cause significantly for another 4 years to further destroy America. But who the heck wants a VP who's smile muscles have been paralyzed for some time now?
Terry August 22, 2012 at 07:20 PM
I love Joe Biden. His "chains" reference has the approval of at least one influential African-American: http://globalgrind.com/news/joe-bidens-chains-mitt-romney-russell-simmons-truthful-words-sit-fine-me
MAC August 23, 2012 at 04:23 AM
There is something very sick in America when the word "controversial" is used to describe the Family Research Center. Families are the very foundation of any society, and the fact that marriage and traditional families have been so undermined as they are today in our nation has much to do with many of the most severe and intractable problems we face. There is no question that an extremist activist gay man is the one who tried to commit mass murder at the FRC last week. But of course the msm, other than ABC, chose to totally ignore that fact, if not the story almost entirely! Has anyone, anywhere on Patch in CT mentioned the fact that Peter Wolfgang of the Family Institute of CT has had his life threatened many times? Daniel Sarno pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in New Haven on Tuesday after a months long campaign of mailing threatening communications. And he was not the first person to threaten Wolfgang in this way. But back to the Biden gaffe machine--he and the "bright and clean and nice-looking guy" ticket would be a joke if it didn't mean the total destruction of America as we used to know it. Lisa, I am "longing for" the good old days when Prosperity of America's citizens, and the opportunity for all to 'work hard' and hopefully achieve that, was looked at as a good thing. I think I know just the "Comeback Team" to help get us back on that track.
1 August 28, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Joe Biden is a perfect example of the Peter Principal at work. I never thought that I would pray harder for nothing to happen to the president than I did when Cinton was in office, but now I do.


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