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Since Barack Obama is a Democrat, his treatment by the national news media is entirely
different from the treatment his opponent receives. He has already broken several
campaign promises, but by and large, the press looks the other way.
On this page:
Flip-flops, Campaign Finance, and "Rushing to the Center".
Obama's campaign gaffes and blunders.
Joe Biden brings his own gaffes and baggage.
Post-election gaffes on the part of Vice-President Biden.
Vice-President Biden debates Congressman Paul Ryan.
Examples of pro-Obama favoritism in the press.
It pays to be obsequious.
On another page:
Smoke and mirrors in the Obama White House.
Flip-flops, Campaign Finance, and "Rushing to the Center"
Senator Obama has changed his position on a number of issues, particularly in his decision
to bypass the "Campaign Finance Reform" (CFR) laws. Ironically, the person suffering the most
(this year) from the restrictions of CFR
is the guy who invented it.
Doomed to defeat. Over
the last few months, Mr. Obama has behaved not like a political messiah, but a typical, duplicitous
politician. He has flip-flopped on issues, such as offshore oil drilling, terrorist surveillance,
the North American Free Trade Agreement, public financing of campaigns and handguns. Expediency
The last presidential debate on Wednesday [10/15/2008] revealed what will likely be Barack Obama's final
weeks' strategy — to sound like a conservative. Voters should see right through it.
Con. Some people take solace from the fact that Senator Obama has verbally shifted
position on some issues, like drilling for oil or gun control, since this is supposed to show that
he is "pragmatic" rather than ideological. But political zig-zags show no such moderation as
some seem to assume. Lenin zig-zagged and so did Hitler. Zig-zags may show no more
than that someone is playing the public for fools.
Ticket: [Scroll down] [Senator Obama] broke his promise on public funding of his fall
campaign. He pledged that he would fire any staffer who criticized Palin for private family matters.
When a staffer did that, Obama reneged again. In fact, if Obama were faithful to his own word, he would
not even be in the race. Here's what he said when he took his senatorial oath in 2005: "I'm not
running for national office. I am here to be sworn in as the United States senator from the state of
Illinois. I will not be running for president in '08."
Obama vs. Obama vs.
Obama. Barack Obama is running against himself. What's that, you say? Isn't
Mr. McCain his chief opponent? Well, politically speaking, yes Mr. McCain is. The
problem is that Barack Obama has had to define, refine and redefine himself as he goes along.
off 50-state strategy. Despite the talk about a changing electoral map and new strategies,
Barack Obama is pulling back from his 50-state plan as John McCain has solidified Republican support,
turning November's presidential election into a contest for the same handful of states that have swung
the last two contests.
Obama was in the Palin fanclub less than one short
month ago! While he was Algore envy green when Sarah Palin addressed the Republic National Convention
last night, Barack Obama was in Governor Palin's cheering squad last month. It was only in August when
presidential candidate Barack Hussein Obama was touting the Alaska natural gas pipeline! Masters of wiping out
inconvenient truths on the Internet, the Obama campaign can't wipe out the words of the Alaska News.
Barack & Forth. Barack Obama has been flip-flopping like a carp on a boat deck, changing his
position over the years on everything from the death penalty to the Patriot Act to Cuba, a review of his
Obama, Hypocrite. Obama becomes the first major candidate to eschew public financing for his
general election campaign, allowing him to spend without limit in his race against McCain. Predictably,
Senator Obama had a ready-made excuse on hand to rationalize his utter hypocrisy.
The Obama movement:
Barack Obama no longer appears to be the leader of a movement that will herald a "new kind of politics"; he is
instead just another candidate running for office. During the last six weeks, Mr. Obama has erred in
making unabashed flips-flops. Despite the increased attention he is currently receiving on his overseas
tour, American voters are beginning to see beyond the glitter that the talented speaker dispensed throughout
the Democratic primaries and caucuses.
Problem: Obama's current problem isn't really about his position on abortion. It is about his
central weakness as a presidential candidate: He overthinks and ends up seeming not to know what he thinks. He
can't seem to give a straight answer.
The whole Obama
story: He's too clever by half. Obama is in politics, and what matters politically
is what wins votes right here and right now. The kind of talk that won the votes — and
the hearts — of the left-wing base of the Democratic Party during the primaries may not be
enough to carry the day with voters in the general election. So Obama has been changing
his tune or, as he puts it, "refining" his message. This was not the kind of "change" that
the true believers among Obama's supporters were expecting.
An Anatomy of Flip-Flopping:
"Flip-flop" is usually just a politician's way of saying that an opponent has changed sides on an issue.
But in fact, such a change can be good or bad. The primary index of infamy is not the degree or frequency
of change but rather the motive for doing so. I therefore propose that we to define flip-flopping as
"changing sides in a political issue for a dishonest or deceptive motive".
Reality sets in about Obama.
After abandoning his pledge to abide by public financing, this apostle of cleansing the political culture is now going
after the high rollers. As the July 3 New York Times reported, "Last week, the Obama campaign collected about
$5 million at an event featuring celebrities in Los Angeles. The evening began with a dinner at the Dorothy
Chandler Pavilion for more than 200 people who had contributed $28,500 per couple, or raised $50,000."
website of surge criticism. Unbelievable but true. After denigrating the surge for more
than a year, according to the New York Daily News Obama's minions have been busy scrubbing his website of
any criticism the candidate made of the surge.
How'd This Happen?
This episode is classic Obama: he was slow to recognize he had a problem, he looks alternately
recalcitrant and then irresolute (as with the surge) as be bobs and weaves between his base and political
reality, and he condescends to voters. And then he doesn't have a good answer for his own voting
record. But it is really a failure of common sense: why not include domestic drilling as a
significant part of our energy approach?
Barrel Roll: Speaking in Michigan — a Democratic state suffering one of the worst
economies in the country — Obama said the government should sell 70 million barrels of oil
from its national-security stockpiles. In the past, Obama noted, such action has "lowered gas prices
within two weeks." But as recently as last month, Obama said the reserves should be raided only during a
"genuine emergency" and maintained that he opposed tapping them to ease soaring gas prices "at this point."
Obama Is Flip-Flopping Himself to a November Defeat. The far-left wing of the Democratic Party
nominated a charismatic unknown, who has turned out not to be ready for primetime politics.
Obama clinched the nomination, he has alienated important segments of his young, liberal base by flip-flopping
on a range of issues from offshore oil drilling, to government surveillance to gun control and abortion rights.
No Reagan. Barack Obama is an arrogant pretender to a throne he has not earned. He wanted
to stand at the Brandenburg Gate like Reagan, grasping desperately for a chance to look presidential. But
he hasn't in any way demonstrated Reagan's resolve against America's enemies. Instead, this power-hungry
newbie has stood in about seven different places in the last four years on the primary controversy of our time.
In major change, Obama says he'll support
offshore drilling. Barack Obama Friday [8/1/2008] dropped his opposition to offshore oil
drilling, saying he could go along with the idea if it was part of a broader energy package.
change is dramatic because Obama often pointed to his opposition to drilling as a key difference between
himself and presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain.
Obama Attempts to Explain
Shift on Offshore Drilling. Obama first indicated Friday [8/1/2008] in an interview with the
Palm Beach Post that he would be willing to compromise on his opposition to off-shore drilling, and would
consider expanding the current drilling boundaries — if it was part of a plan to make the country
more energy independent by developing more fuel-efficient cars and alternative energy sources.
Obama shifts, says he may back offshore
drilling. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Friday [8/1/2008] he would be
willing to support limited additional offshore oil drilling if that's what it takes to enact a comprehensive
policy to foster fuel-efficient autos and develop alternate energy sources.
reverses two positions in new energy plan. Obama had steadfastly fought the idea of new offshore
drilling and was against tapping the nation's emergency oil stockpile to relieve pump prices that have
stubbornly hovered around $4 a gallon. However, in a major energy speech yesterday [8/4/2008], Obama
proposed that the government sell 70 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, saying
that the move could help drive down gasoline prices in as soon as "within two weeks.
Obama flip-flops on offshore
oil drilling. Obama implied that his willingness to allow the drilling in Florida "wasn't really
a new position". But, of course, it is. As recently as late June, he said that, in order to
protect the US coastline, he would enforce a drilling moratorium that has been in place since 1981.
Obama proposes tapping oil stockpiles.
Obama's new proposal
includes two significant reversals of positions he has taken in the past:
He had steadfastly fought the idea of limited new offshore drilling and was against tapping the nation's
emergency oil stockpile to relieve pump prices that have stubbornly hovered around $4 a gallon.
moves on by shifting into reverse. The Democratic presidential nominee, Barack Obama, has
asked his party to reinstate full voting rights for the Michigan and Florida delegations at this month's
convention, just three months after he led the charge for the two rebel states to be punished for holding
early primaries. The latest reversal of position by Senator Obama is contained in a letter to the Democratic
Party released on Sunday and follows an equally startling shift on offshore drilling for oil on Friday.
Obama Wants U.S. to
Be First in Space. During a town-hall-style event on Florida's so-called space coast [8/2/2008],
the Democrat said he no longer favors slashing NASA's budget, declaring that the U.S. "cannot cede our
leadership in space." Obama had previously supported delaying NASA's manned missions in order to
pay for early childhood education programs. Aides say he has now found other means to pay for his
What Would Obama
Die For? Since securing the Democratic Party's nomination in June, Barack Obama has been busy redefining
himself. He has come out for a government surveillance bill he once opposed. He's expressed support for funding
religious programs with tax dollars. He reversed his stance on accepting public financing. He reversed his
view of the D.C. gun ban. And he hinted that he will "refine" his position on Iraq, only to push back against
himself this week and reiterate his Iraq withdrawal plan.
he will protect NASA jobs, budget. In a dramatic reversal of policy, Democratic presidential
hopeful Barack Obama on Saturday [8/2/2008] told supporters on the Space Coast he no longer favors slashing
NASA's budget, declaring that the United States "cannot cede our leadership in space." Though he said
nothing specific about sending astronauts to the moon or Mars — the central focus of NASA's plans
and key to the hopes of many space supporters — Obama was more supportive of the agency than he
had ever been publicly.
Obama's Back Flips: In just days,
Obama has changed his mind on Iraq, reversed course on campaign finance, volte-faced on NAFTA and backtracked on Social
Security. So what does the candidate of change really believe?
Big O Losing Big Mo.
Poor Barack Obama. In the space of a few short weeks, he has gone from liberal savior with a
15 point lead over John McCain, to a mere mortal in a dead heat in the polls. He has alienated some
of his base by flip-flopping on issues like the FISA vote, partial-birth abortion and most importantly,
stating that he will continue to "refine" his Iraq War policy.
the Center Is Tacky. From Australia to London to almost all points in between, if there are two
things people know about Barack Obama, one of them is that he recently has changed his positions on abortion,
gun control, capital punishment, FISA laws, the status of Jerusalem, faith-based federal programs, public
financing of his campaign, welfare, NAFTA and free trade, the surge in Iraq, and his commitment to the
Rev. Jeremiah Wright and his Trinity Church, among other public policies.
The Gospel According to Obama: Obama
showed he clearly understands that his cultural liberalism poses a political problem when he appeared to flip-flop
on the important issue of a mental health exception for abortion. He recently told an interviewer from a
Christian magazine that he didn't think "mental distress" qualified as a legitimate justification for abortion.
Revealingly, after a backlash from the abortion lobby which depends on the "mental health exception" to justify
the vast majority of abortions, Obama quickly repudiated that remark.
Obama: Radical in
Liberal Clothing. In order to position himself for the general election, Obama has been running
furiously toward the center — deemphasizing his liberalism with the adroit use of linguistic jiu
The person running the okie doke is Obama, who, with media acquiescence, has changed his
rhetoric if not his positions on issues such as campaign finance, gun control, troop withdrawal, welfare
reform, NAFTA and terrorist surveillance — just to name a few.
The Blur. At his current pace, Barack Obama is going to give Bill Clinton a run for his
reputation as a political shape-shifter. Witness his performance this week in the Senate on foreign
intelligence surveillance. He voted to gut the bill before he voted to pass it.
Barack W. Bush?
Obama has, by his sudden forgoing of public funds, rejected the idea of campaign-finance reform. In fact,
he's the largest raiser of private cash in American political history, and seems to have dropped opposition to
accepting pernicious "special-interest money." Like a Republican, he raises the most among the nation's
wealthiest on Wall Street. During the primaries, Obama seemed to advocate the dismantling of the North
American Free Trade Agreement. But now candidate Obama has little desire to overturn the present Bush
The Audacity of
Abandonment: If I were a supporter of Barack Obama I would be nervous. Why? Is it his inexperience,
his radical connections, or his stale liberal positions? Nope. I would be nervous because he seems fundamentally
incapable of sticking with his principles on a host of issues large and small. I know his supporters are enthralled
with Mr. Hope and Change, but shouldn't it worry them that he is so quick to backtrack and hedge his answers — or
even switch positions entirely — during the course of a relatively short campaign?
the new Obama, master of the U-turn. Those who actually supported Obama during this process now
divide neatly, if unevenly, into two groups. The first, smaller, group is full of buyer's remorse.
The blogosphere is hissing like a catherine wheel with their anger with Obama, obviously, but above all with
themselves. The second, much bigger group, continues to buy Obama's story. They argue that everything
and anything is justified if it helps to get a Democrat back in the White House; some of them add that "of
course" Obama doesn't believe any of the things he is now saying to woo the "redneck states" and that once
in the White House he will revert to his "true beliefs".
can we trust Obama? Barack Obama's position on the issues is a work in progress. When he
was seeking the Democratic nomination for president he was saying one thing. Now that he has a lock on
it, he's doing some 180 degree turns. Change is the theme of Obama — change to suit what is
New Obama makeover?
Soon after Americans for Democratic Action endorsed Barack Obama last month, its leaders were e-mailing deep
concerns over his flip-flops on the ADA's bedrock liberal beliefs. With his party's presidential nomination
secure and Democrats rallying behind him, the ultra-liberal freshman senator was making a mad dash to the
political center in preparation for the general election.
Shooting From Both Sides of His Mouth.
Reaction to last week's historic Supreme Court decision overturning the D.C. ban on guns illustrates how far the
American people have come in embracing and understanding the Second Amendment. Democrats have accepted
that they have been on the losing side, so much so that their presidential nominee is whitewashing his
radical anti-gun record.
at Obama's Right Turn. Barack Obama's recent rightward lurch on key issues is causing a revolt
among left-wing bloggers and activists, who had been his earliest and most ardent supporters. "Obama's
not just moving to the center for the general [election], he's practically denouncing and rejecting every
progressive voice in the country," fumes Danner Kline, who blogs in Alabama for his Web site, 9Numbers.com.
Obama Would Be A Clinton Third Term.
First, Obama thought it best to castigate Wright's critics, and deflect criticism by attempting to point out
faults among the race of Wright's presumed detractors, including Obama's own white grandmother. Then,
when this ploy proved ineffective, Obama did the exact thing he had previously insisted he would not do, which
was to disavow Wright who was, it turns out, expendable.
Barack, We Hardly Knew You! For
more than four decades, the Democrats' argument in support of campaign finance-public funding has been constant: We
must assure "a level playing field" between the two parties.
Obama, it is now clear, was all for a level playing
field until the 2008 playing field tilted overwhelmingly in his favor.
Obama's Halo Seriously
Flickering. Barack Obama had a choice between keeping his word on public financing or reaping a windfall of
hundreds of millions of dollars from unrestrained fund-raising, and in true American fashion, he chose the money. The
decision is widely viewed as pragmatic — after all, he's trying to win an election here, not run an exhibition
on consistency. But for those dazzled by promises of reform, Obama's reversal has the scales falling from their
eyes — a recognition that he is, beneath all the hype, a politician who acts in his best interests.
Obama Living Large. As the
Great Reformer of American campaign finance, Arizona Senator John McCain is about to be hoisted on a petard of
his own making. Obama will be lambasted for supposedly violating an earlier pledge to work out some kind
of agreement with McCain to come up with a fine-tuned, optimal, perfectly calibrated amount of campaign money
to be spent by each side, presumably within the speech-rationing framework of the federal campaign law.
Fogettaboutit. He changed his mind.
of Hype: [Obama] was going to "aggressively pursue an agreement with the Republican nominee to
preserve a publicly financed general election." Later, he expanded on that to say, "I will sit down with
John McCain and make sure that we have a system that works for everybody." Well, McCain is still
waiting for that sit-down. Turns out, Obama is all about the money.
Obama Flip-Flops on Public Campaign Funds.
Barack Obama's decision not to take public funds for the general election was a total reversal, breaking a promise
made when he thought he couldn't succeed without it and that no Republican could succeed with it. Republican
candidate John McCain — known for his dedication to campaign finance "reform" is sticking with public
financing, to his likely disadvantage. Obama has once again proven himself to be a rank hypocrite in favor
of "reform" only when it will not hurt his election prospects.
Obama's money problems:
Barack Obama promised to accept public financing of his general election campaign. This commitment earned
him support among some liberals in the primary campaign. But after clinching the Democratic nomination,
he broke his promise (a nasty habit of his) and opted out of public financing, believing in his own powers —
not just to stop the melting of the ice caps but also to continue to raise massive amounts of money.
Buy the Presidency? On the money front, how do Sens. Obama and McCain stack up? No contest,
it seems. Since the campaign began, Mr. Obama has raised a staggering $295-plus million, versus
Mr. McCain's almost $122 million. But that's misleading. Mr. Obama spent a lot to
win the nomination.
Obama's broken promise to African village: It is an extraordinary sight to walk into a basic
two-room house under a mango tree in rural east Africa and discover what is essentially a shrine to Barack
Obama. The small brick house with no running water, a tin roof and roving chickens, goats and cows is
owned by Sarah Obama, Barack's 86-year-old step-grandmother.
chronicles: Living down to his motto as the candidate of change, Senator Barack Hussein
Obama (D-IL) has changed his mind again. The most recent change is a campaign television ad on Bill
Clinton's welfare reform legislation, praising that it reduced welfare rolls by 80 percent.
Whoops! Obama leaves out
that he was against the 1996 federal legislation which precipitated the
Efforts to Fund the Self-Described 'Most Aggressive Group in the Gun Control Movement': Yesterday
I wrote that despite Barack Obama's claims that he believes in the Second Amendment, is a friend to gun owners,
never supported a complete ban on handguns (despite a questionnaire from early in his career stating he did),
etc., those claims are hard to balance with his approval of Chicago's effective ban on handguns. In
Obama's entire time in the city, there's no record of him ever objecting to it. Obama's audacity on
this issue goes even further.
Media Darling Flips And Flops
His Way To The Center. Obama's long march to the center has begun. And why not? What's
the downside? He won't lose the left, or even mainstream Democrats. They won't stay home on
Nov. 4. The anti-Bush, anti-Republican sentiment is simply too strong. Election Day is their
day of revenge — for the Florida recount, for Swift-boating, for all the injuries, real and imagined,
dealt out by Republicans over the last eight years.
Obama: Riding Tall In The
Straddle. Obama claims he believes the Second Amendment says you can own a gun but that local
communities can still opt out of the Constitution.
Obama has developed an almost Clintonesque ability
to take both sides of an issue.
Logic. Barack Obama is under hostile fire for changing his position on the D.C. gun ban.
Oh, I'm sorry. He didn't change his position, apparently. He reworded a clumsy statement.
That, at least, is what his campaign is saying.
What does Barack Obama truly believe? Does it depend on the day of the week? True, candidates
typically tack to the center after contentious primaries. But the "candidate of change" is taking that
process to Twilight Zone levels.
Armies: [The] leftist "netroots" are none too pleased with Obama's feint to the center the past
few weeks, his "capitulation" on retroactive immunity for telecoms for cooperating with the government to
monitor terrorist communications, his alleged disagreement with the Supreme Court for invalidating the death
penalty for child rapists, and his flip-flop on the D.C. handgun case. They are abuzz about the
messiah's apparent abandonment of their orthodoxy.
Is Obama turning out to be just another politician?
From the beginning, Barack Obama's special appeal was his vow to remain an idealistic outsider, courageous and
optimistic, and never to shift his positions for political expediency, or become captive of the Inside-the-Beltway
intelligentsia, or kiss up to special interests and big money donors. In recent weeks, though, Obama has
done all those things.
The Vast Left Wing
Conspiracy: [Scroll down] Emerging swiftly from the text [of Ron Arnold's book,
Freezing in the Dark] is the way the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Act transformed how politics was
to be funded. Little wonder that Sen. Obama abandoned his pledge to work within the constraints of
federal campaign funding in favor of raising gobs of money from the Internet and the traditional supporters of
anything and anyone labeled liberal, progressive. Never mind that the Communist Party USA also supports
Obama. It must surely just be a coincidence.
Dodge on Handguns. Obama's dilemma was that his reading of a Second Amendment that "means
something" made it difficult for him to say the D.C. law was constitutional. His public pronouncements
were so imprecise that the Associated Press mistakenly reported that he "voiced support" for the handgun ban
at a February news conference in Milwaukee.
Frontier of Flip Flops. Ed Morrissey has a great post up at Hot Air about Obama's advisors
giving three different answers to the question of where the candidate stands on Iraq in a matter of days.
Reading what his advisers are saying, you begin to see how Obama has been able to appear to be all things to
all people on his Iraq withdrawal plans while dishonestly pandering to his base.
Left lacks leverage to stop Obama's rightward
tack. The liberal blogosphere has lit up with outrage, bemoaning how the man who promised to
move beyond politics as usual is, well, engaging in politics as usual. Some have vowed to refocus their
energy and donations toward progressive candidates further down the ballot. But they will still vote
for Obama, not Ralph Nader, the onetime darling of the left, and certainly not Senator McCain.
Also known as Barack-lash...
Obama's policy switches are giving the Left whiplash. Change, it turns out, wasn't all that it
was cracked up to be. Having campaigned for the past year as the agent of transformation, the man who
would lead an historic shift in America's political direction, Barack Obama is discovering that there is
quite a lot he likes about the way things are.
Obama's Flip-Flops Bamboozle the Left!
As a rock star, Obama would probably be a terrific candidate; in fact, he would be nearly unbeatable. But
being commander-in-chief of the most powerful nation on earth is a bit more challenging that that. Indeed,
when one is running for the presidency, voters expect the candidate to state his positions clearly and to
stick to them. However, much to the chagrin of dim wits at moveon.orgy and other lefty goons, Barack
Obama has started backing away from his agenda of change on an almost daily basis.
flopping. It's a good thing many of Barack Obama's supporters don't care much about issues, because their
candidate has been changing his position on them with dizzying speed.
When the Supreme Court overturned the District of
Columbia ban on handgun ownership June 26, Mr. Obama said he supported the decision of the 5-4 majority. But
last November he told the Chicago Tribune he thought the D.C. handgun ban was constitutional.
campaign dishonest or disorganized? After claiming in May that he would debate John McCain "anytime, any
place," Obama declined to participate in a series of 10 town hall-style meetings, which the McCain campaign proposed.
Early in the month, it became clear that the head of Obama's VP search committee, Jim Johnson, was compromised by his ties
to the subprime lender Countrywide. Obama called the story "overblown and irrelevant." Two days later Johnson
With Abandon. Barack Obama went out of his way to create the impression that he was a new kind of
political leader — more honest, less cynical and less relentlessly calculating than most. You
would be able to listen to him without worrying about what the meaning of "is" is. This is why so
many of Senator Obama's strongest supporters are uneasy, upset, dismayed and even angry at the candidate who
is now emerging in the bright light of summer.
He's Not The Barack Obama Barack Obama Knew.
Obama's tack to the center is simply what happens when the Senate's most liberal member ventures off Capitol Hill and faces
intractable reality. It's what happens when a community organizer with radical friends becomes a global player with
deadly enemies. You can talk about the failures of Iraq until your face turns blue, but can't very well tell David
Petraeus to pack it in because his efforts were for naught.
Obama's Hot Air: Barack Obama's
young supporters are discovering that their candidate is hardly the champion of the "new politics" he promised
to be. Now that their primary and caucus votes are safely counted, and Hillary Clinton has been dispatched
back to the Senate, the Democratic presidential candidate elect is racing toward the political center.
Barack Obama's flip-flopping his
way to the presidency. Obama approved of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the Second Amendment
right to bear arms. He also disapproved of a high court decision striking down the death penalty in the case of the
rape of a child. His comments put him foursquare in the camp of Justices Roberts, Scalia, Thomas and Alito, to the
horror of the far left. The presumptive Democratic nominee sounded a lot like George W. Bush recently in
supporting federal funding of faith-based programs. As for Iraq, Obama has modified his call for the withdrawal
of U.S. forces within 16 months of his taking office.
Obama and the AFT: During the primary
campaign, in Wisconsin, Mr. Obama had suggested he would be open to vouchers if empirical research showed that they
improved educational outcomes. His new stance — the latest in what seems like a never-ending series
of flip-flops — seems to foreclose any support of vouchers, ever, no matter what the research shows.
101: What Obama hopes his more radical followers will not notice is that he is no longer
speaking of "withdrawal." He also hopes to hide the fact that by telling the Iraqi leaders that a
putative Obama administration might scrap agreements reached with the Bush team, he might have delayed the
start of a process that should lead to a withdrawal of U.S. forces within a mutually agreed timeframe.
Obama vs. his staff: Just
hours after his campaign issued a first statement yesterday ripping the addition of Sarah Palin to the
Republican ticket, Barack Obama backed away from that statement — or at least its tone —
and said that his own campaign had misrepresented him.
Obama's campaign gaffes and blunders
Obama gets away with a lot of embarrassing blunders that would have sunk a candidate like Bob Dole or Dan
Quayle. He has been given the benefit of the doubt by the very sympathetic and cooperative press
oops moment in SF: "Giants on their way to Super Bowl". The comment by Biden drew immediate
"good-natured" boos from the crowd, according to the report by Josh Richman of the Oakland Tribune, who was
the only local print reporter allowed to cover the event.
The gaffes Barack Obama has committed would have crushed the typical Republican politician. But the reporters
who can't get over Dan Quayle's misspelling of "potato" have little to say about their man's slip-ups.
In stunning slip on national TV, Obama
refers to "my muslim faith". In one of the most astonishing gaffes in American political history,
in a national televised interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulus, Democratic presidential candidate Barack
Hussein Obama referred to "my muslim faith," confirming what researchers and political opponents have been
claiming. While Stephanopoulus several seconds later tried to correct him, saying "Christian faith," it
was too late. The damage was done.
is a Fan of Chinese Ports, Trains, and Airports. Obama, yesterday: "Everybody's watching
what's going on in Beijing right now with the Olympics. Think about the amount of money that China has
spent on infrastructure. Their ports, their train systems, their airports are vastly the superior to us
now, which means if you are a corporation deciding where to do business, you're starting to think, 'Beijing
looks like a pretty good option.'"
recalls fallen soldier: What's his name? Getting some notice — not enough — is
Obama's failure to remember the name of the fallen soldier on his bracelet. ... He could not recall the name on the
bracelet and needed to look down to his non-electronic version of a teleprompter. Yes, I am sure Obama is moved
by the death of a soldier he could not even name — despite wearing the bracelet every day (does anyone
really believe he wears it daily? It is possible, I suppose. But he did not recall the name of the
Obama's Top Ten Campaign Gaffes: Barack Obama's surrogates have been trying to convince the American
people that his judgment is so impeccable that his lack of experience is irrelevant. However, it's hard to
make that case when the candidate in question is the single biggest gaffe machine to hit American politics since
Howard Dean. You think Joe Biden cranks out a lot of dumb quips? Well, Biden is a rank amateur
compared to Obama.
Barack Obama: Gaffe
machine. Let us count the ways, large and small, that his tongue has betrayed him throughout
the campaign: Last May, he claimed that Kansas tornadoes killed a whopping 10,000 people: "In case
you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died — an entire
town destroyed." The actual death toll: 12.
Propagandistic Iconography. Obama's most recent graphic arrogance took the form of a faux "great
seal" similar to the one seen on the podium of the president of the United States. On Friday, June 20,
Obama met with a dozen Democratic governors in Chicago. The room featured a nice nameplate for each governor,
but in front of Barack Obama was displayed an amazing bit of presumption in the form of a seal saying "Obama for
America" and taking the form of an official seal the sort one might find from a government office.
Obama campaign drops
seal on podium. After days of media mockery, Barack Obama has decided to stop using a
presidential-looking seal that his campaign designed and affixed to his podium on Friday. Journalists
said the seal, which features an eagle clutching arrows and an olive branch, smacks of arrogance. John
McCain's camp had a field day, calling the seal "laughable, ridiculous, preposterous and
revealing — all at the same time."
It's All About Obama. Many candidates have
measured the Oval Office drapes prematurely. But Barack Obama is the first to redesign the presidential seal before the
election. His seal featured an eagle emblazoned with his logo, and included a Latin version of his campaign slogan.
This was an attempt by Sen. Obama to make himself appear more presidential. But most people saw in the seal something
else — chutzpah — and he's stopped using it.
Obama's Symbolic Blunder:
The Obama campaign's latest faux pas has come and gone (to the relief of almost everybody) with the
decision to retire the "pre-presidential"seal. This is one of those incidents marked by questions that will
never be answered, such as what could the campaign have possibly been thinking, and what is the appropriate
punishment for whoever came up with the idea?
American flag disappears from Obama campaign
jet. As part of a month-long aircraft makeover, a painted American flag was removed from the tail of
Sen. Barack Obama's official campaign airplane and was replaced with the presidential candidate's trademark
The Flag in
the Lapel. Now we know why Obama took the American flag off his lapel. On July 24, in
Berlin, he told us. The American flag is too small to contain him. He is not comfortable being an
American citizen, only fully comfortable as a citizen of the world.
Obama? Imagine that John McCain named a young running mate to campaign with him, and this national
rookie suggested America had 58 states, repeatedly used the wrong names for the cities he was visiting,
and honored a Memorial Day crowd by acknowledging the "fallen heroes" who were present, somehow alive and standing
in the audience. How long would it take for the national media to see another Dan Quayle caricature?
scenario is very real, except it isn't McCain. It's the other fellow.
Obama? Where Is the Press? For those of us who suspect but cannot yet prove that Barack
Obama is a genuine radical leftist, his lack of much of a voting record is going to make it difficult to prove
what his real values, policies and motives are to be president. This is particularly the case because the
media is so obviously going to give Obama cover not only for his current revelatory gaffes but also for
embarrassing bits from his past.
Metastatic Gaffe: When the House of Representatives takes up arms against $4 gas by voting 324-84
to sue OPEC, you know that election-year discourse has entered the realm of the surreal. Another unmistakable
sign is when a presidential candidate makes a gaffe, then, realizing it is too egregious to take back without
suffering humiliation, decides to make it a centerpiece of his foreign policy.
Yes we can! Yes we can!
Obama says U.S. can't
drill its way out of gas price crisis. As gas prices top $4 a gallon around the Fox Valley, Sen. Barack Obama
said a reduction in consumption, not new domestic drilling, will provide relief. "If we reduce our consumption of oil,
that's what will reduce gas prices. There's really no other way of doing it," the presumptive Democratic nominee
The Editor says...
I guess he understands demand, but not supply.
and The Don't Drill Democrats To America: Don't Drive. When Barack Obama told a Pennsylvania
audience this past weekend that "We can't drill our way out of this," he was repeating the same line that Nancy
Pelosi used days earlier and that Harry Reid used on Wednesday [6/18/2008]. The Big Three Democrats are
thus all agreed that their party has given up on bringing down the cost of oil and thus the cost of gas at
on oil drilling: 'Not a long-term solution'. Drilling for oil off the US coast has the
support of John McCain and President Bush, but not Barack Obama. Despite a plea to Congress by Bush
today [6/19/2008], the Illinois Democrat rejected lifting the drilling moratorium that has been backed by presidents
of both parties for nearly two decades. "This is not something that's going to give consumers short-term
relief and it is not a long-term solution to our problems with fossil fuels generally and oil in particular,"
The Obama Gaffe Machine:
For months, Barack Obama has had the image of an incandescent, golden-tongued Wundercandidate. That image may be
fraying now. As smart and credentialed as he is, Sen. Obama is often an indifferent speaker without a teleprompter.
He has large gaps in his knowledge base, and is just as likely to dig in and embrace a policy misstatement as abandon it.
ABC reporter Jake Tapper calls him "a one-man gaffe machine."
Obama the potato test. He generates even more gaffes than Dan Quayle. "We have not
exhausted our nonmilitary options in confronting the Iranian threat; in many ways, we have yet to try
them," Sen. Barack Obama says on his Web site. "If Iran abandons its nuclear program and support for
terrorism, we will offer incentives like membership in the World Trade Organization." It was Albert
Einstein who first defined insanity as "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different
Campaign Scrambles to Correct the Record on Uncle's War Service. Barack Obama's campaign scrambled Tuesday to
set the record straight about remarks the Democratic presidential candidate made on Memorial Day where he said his uncle helped
liberate the Auschwitz death camp at the end of World War II. There were two obvious problems with the
tale: Auschwitz was liberated by the Soviet Army, and Obama's American mother was an only child.
On the other hand...
Barack Obama's Big Mistake:
The Barack Obama campaign is floundering not because of gaffes, but because of its success. They have
portrayed their candidate and his message precisely the way they want to. They have controlled every
media situation. They have not been plagued by a rash of mistakes in the last few weeks. The Obama
campaign is drowning because Americans simply do not like the message.
Joe Biden brings his own gaffes and baggage
On the other half of the ticket, things aren't much better. Senator Biden is getting away with
a lot of blunders that would have sent Dan Quayle into political oblivion. By now even Democrat activists must be wondering why Biden was
selected as Barack Obama's running mate in 2008. His voting record is solidly statist, and back in 2008 some commentators said Joe Biden
balanced the ticket (meaning he's older and has lighter skin), but I think the real reason for his selection is that he is one of the few people
Obama can overshadow, at least in the press.
With the 2012 election getting closer, Joe Biden has really been in the headlines a lot, making regrettable remarks every week. I suspect this
streak of gaffes might be intentional. Joe Biden's handlers might be using him — as a sound bite generator — to
keep the news media from talking about
chronic high unemployment, rapidly rising gas prices,
taxpayer-funded abortions, high taxes,
wasted money, same-sex marriage,
Frank Marshall Davis, the weak U.S. dollar,
amnesty for illegal aliens, voter fraud, Obama's
war on coal and oil,
race riots, Obamacare,
Solyndra, czars, Obama's
patent incompetence, lies,
the Fast and Furious scandal,
Obama's demonstrably fraudulent birth certificate, or
the intermittent clamor for Obama's impeachment.
Biden confuses Poland with Portugal. Biden has a well-earned reputation as a gaffe-maker extraordinaire, and this speech was no exception.
Biden: 'I'm Proud To Be President'.
Joe Biden the gaffe machine was at it again Saturday [1/19/2013]. Speaking at the Iowa State Society inauguration ball, the Vice President
said, "I'm proud to be President of the United States".
Joe Biden Escapes from the Attic ... Again.
Last Friday [9/28/2012], the Obama re-election campaign allowed America's crazy uncle to get in front of a group of Florida seniors
and frighten the bejabbers out of them with horror stories about the evil designs Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have on Medicare and
Social Security. As his entourage cringed in the background, Biden brayed as only he can bray.
Tampa tantrum. "Are you going to Florida?" Biden joked to reporters during a campaign stop in Minneapolis the other day.
"I'm going to be the speaker at the convention." Such trash talk is typical of the increasingly deracinated veep, whose motor mouth now
seems beyond the control of even campaign consigliere David Axelrod's well-oiled media machine. But what's really behind this stunning
example of in-your-face poor sportsmanship?
Biden dangerously detached from reality.
Vice President Joseph R. Biden is mentally unstable, and it's time for Republicans to point it out. For years, Mr. Biden has been making
outrageous comments that reveal not only his low intelligence, but also a dangerous detachment from reality. Yet the liberal media refuse
to hold him accountable. Instead, their rationalization boils down to one excuse: Joe will be Joe. He may make bizarre, even
ludicrous, statements, but the press corps believes Mr. Biden is on the side of the angels. His heart is in the right place. He
is a trendy progressive. In their view, this is all that matters.
Win One for the
Fibber: Biden Misleads Ohio on College Football Career. During a speech at Ohio University in Athens, OH on September 8, Vice
President Joe Biden led his audience to believe he had been a college football player for his alma mater — Delaware University —
and had played against Ohio University in a 1963 football game. His words contradicted his own memoir, in which he wrote he gave up playing
football while at Delaware, and Internet records of past Delaware football team rosters, on which he is not listed.
advice from Joe Biden: 'Just fire the shotgun through the door'. In an interview with Field & Stream magazine on
Monday [2/25/2013], Vice President Joe Biden once again touted shotguns as the best weapon for self-defense, offering advice similar
to the questionable instructions he gave during a Facebook town hall last week.
Every single bit
of gun advice Biden gives will get you arrested. These are the people who think they know better than you and should dictate
your firearms choices.
New Biden brag: He
desegregated movie theaters. Vice President Biden is amazed when whites try to act like they know what blacks have
been through, but given a chance this week to brag on his part to end Jim Crow laws, he offered up that he helped to desegregate
movie theaters as a kid.
misspeaks again: Gabby Giffords was 'mortally wounded'. Vice President Joseph R. Biden added to his long list of verbal
flubs Thursday [3/21/2013] when he said former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords had been "shot and mortally wounded." The Arizona Democrat
was critically injured by a gunshot wound to the head during an assignation attempt on her life in early 2011.
Biden Mocks the Basis of Second Amendment.
This guy is the vice president, the former chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and supposedly a leading Democratic expert on gun issues.
And yet, he doesn't understand the Second Amendment.
Joe Biden: Al Gore 'was elected president'. In remarks made on Tuesday night
[6/11/2013] at a fundraiser for Massachusetts Senate candidate Ed Markey in front of an audience of donating (doting?)
Democrats, Biden went for the jugular. In a reference to Al Gore, who introduced Biden at the Washington, D.C.,
event, Biden said, "This man was elected president of the United States of America," according to the pool report. "But for
the good of the nation, when the bad decision, in my view, was made, he did the right thing for the nation," Biden continued.
Says he understands 'the Senate better than any man or women who's ever served in there.'
Biden Calls Republicans 'Neanderthals'.
Vice President Joe Biden said Repulican opposition to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in the House of Representatives came from the
"Neanderthal crowd." And he gave himself credit for coming up with the law almost 20 years ago.
Should Joe Biden Step Down?
Vice President Biden is being urged by liberal activists to "brush up his Shakespeare." His friends are trying
desperately to clean up the latest mess that Joe Biden has caused. He recently told a group at a Legal Services
Corporation event that his son, Beau Biden, had worked to protect our soldiers from "Shylocks" — whom he described
as unscrupulous lenders. This is only one of the oldest anti-Semitic slurs in our language.
Overstates Deaths in Joplin, Missouri Tornado By 160,839. "161,000 brothers, sisters,
mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, grandparents lost," said the vice president. But as Reuters
reported in 2011, the death toll was in fact 161.
Biden Tells Harvard Students China a Part of North America. Speaking at Harvard's
Kennedy School of Government, Biden made yet another blunder after saying that "North America is
literally — not figuratively — the epicenter of energy in the world today." "North America will
account — meaning Mexico, China and Canada — for two-thirds of the growth of global energy supply over
the next 20 years," Biden said.
issues second apology of weekend, after offending US allies in fight to destroy Islamic State. Vice President Biden on Sunday [10/5/2014]
issued his second apology of the weekend for remarks that offended allies that the U.S. needs in the fight to destroy the Islamic State. Biden
apologized by phone Sunday to Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, saying he never meant to imply that his country was
supporting Al Qaeda fighters in Syria.
a rattled Obama and Biden need help explaining what they really mean. Remember, Obama
was supposed to be the golden-tongued orator whose words would woo the masses and hold back the
tides of time. As long as he could rely on a teleprompter, that was true for a while. Now, his
mis-steps with those of Pancho Biden resemble circus clowns running into each other. Biden has
said so many stupid things so often, you'd think he should have been replaced in 2012. But he
may be Obama's best insurance against impeachment.
still has confidence in Biden despite gaffes. The White House said Monday [10/6/2014] that
President Obama still has confidence in Vice President Joseph R. Biden despite an escalating series
of public gaffes that forced Mr. Biden to apologize to key Arab allies in the fragile U.S. coalition
fighting Islamic State terrorists. Mr. Biden "continues to be a core member of the president's
national security team," said White House press secretary Josh Earnest. "The president is pleased
to be able to rely on his advice."
Apologies Biden Owes Americans. In recent days, Vice President Biden has issued
apologies to the no doubt unimpeachably honorable and suitably aggrieved leaders of Turkey and the
United Arab Emirates for insulting them by saying they had supported Islamists. While Biden
expressing serial regrets, I wonder, what if the thought occurred to him to apologize to the American
people? Not for silly gaffes or little blunders, but for professional-league, first-class outrages
that are unacceptable coming from a vice president, even this one.
Misstates Troops Wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan By 47,000. Vice President Joe Biden
misstated the number of troops wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan by 47,000 at a Veterans Day event
today at Arlington National Cemetary [sic].
Communist China's official propoganda outlet to hit Romney. Vice President turned to an admittedly-incredible source of
information to attack Republican Mitt Romney, as he quoted the state-run media outlet in Communist China during a campaign stop in Iowa.
"I'm not the only one who thinks it's laughable," Biden said of Romney's position on President Obama's handling of China and economic issues.
"We're not the only ones who think it's laughable. Look, I seldom ever quote the Chinese — official government Chinese news
agency." (For some reason, the audience laughed at that comment, not at the part that Biden said was "laughable.")
Green Bay Gaffe: Claims Only 1,980 Troops Have Died in Afghanistan. Biden somehow subtracted from the Defense
Department count, ignoring three civilian casualties and 118 soldiers who died in other countries after medical evacuation.
Did they not deserve to be recognized?
The Editor says...
If you're a Catholic, you should be highly offended by the rest of Biden's comments, which I will not quote here.
Biden: Back on the chain gang. Vice
President Joe Biden told a racially mixed audience Wednesday [sic - Tuesday 8/14/2012] that if Republicans take back the White House, "They're
going to put y'all back in chains." [...] There's no reason for the Obama campaign to apologize because hacking at the raw wound of racism is
critical to the Democrats' reelection strategy. This race is about race because if it were about issues, Democrats would lose. Mr.
Obama's moribund economic record would guarantee that.
decodes Joe Biden's racial-speak for other Americans. [Scroll down] He's talking to a significantly black crowd and he warns what
Gov. Romney is going to do to help those evil banks: "Romney wants to let the — he said in the first 100 days he's going to let
the big banks once again write their own rules, unnnn-chain Wall Street. They're going to put y'all back in chains." A guy from
Scranton living in Delaware on the public payroll since Obama was in grade school suddenly talking like a faux Southern preacher. [...] The campaign
reacted to the public shock in typical Obama fashion. It's the country's fault for hearing anything racial in that. Just like the lousy
economy and poor job growth is always somebody else's fault.
Beclowns Himself With Cynical Racist Pandering. Looks like Vice President Joe Biden has been taking extracurricular Democratic
jive-talking lessons. The results of condescending liberals' cynical racial pandering attempts are, as always, seismically cringe-inducing.
At a campaign event in Danville, Va., the gaffetastic veep dropped his g's and picked up a bizarre twang in front of an audience of black voters.
Middle-Class Joe swapped his Home Depot apron for an A.M.E. preacher's robe and sermonized about the big, bad GOP.
Davis: 'Every black person in the room knew who y'all was'. Former Rep. Artur Davis, a one-time President Obama supporter
who campaigned for Mitt Romney earlier today [8/15/2012], slammed VP Joe Biden in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer earlier, keeping the
controversy over his "chains" comment going.
Is Joe Biden Too Dumb To Be On a
National Ticket? As you have probably heard, Joe Biden did it again today [8/15/2012]: he forgot what century we are
living in. This follows a bad day yesterday, when Biden forgot what state he was in, and then told a Virginia audience that the
Republicans are "going to put y'all back in chains." Oh, today Biden also referred to Paul Ryan as "Governor Ryan." Such blunders
are conventionally referred to as gaffes, but with Biden they come so fast and furiously that one wonders whether something else is at work.
The Trouble with Joe. [Scroll down] Willie
Geist, a co-host of MSNBC's Morning Joe, was blunt: "If Paul Ryan, the Republican candidate, said that to an African-American audience,
there would be calls this morning for him to get out of the race, for Mitt Romney to withdraw from the race. There's a double standard."
But there has been a double standard for Joe Biden for decades, and almost every reporter in Washington knows it. Last night, a
frustrated Rudy Giuliani acknowledged it on CNBC. "I've never seen a vice president that has made as many mistakes, said as many stupid
things," he told Larry Kudlow.
'Folks, Where's it Written We Cannot Lead the World in the 20th Century in Making Automobiles?' In a speech today in
Virginia, Vice President Joe Biden seemed to forget we're in the 21st century. [Video clip] 'Folks, where's it written we cannot
lead the world in the 20th century in making automobiles?," said Biden.
Biden has a record with
slave-themed remarks. Vice President Joseph R. Biden's incendiary comment to a largely black audience Tuesday [8/14/2012] about
Republican Mitt Romney wanting to put voters "back in chains" isn't the first time he has used slavery imagery in a political appeal.
In 2006, when then-Delaware senator was campaigning in South Carolina for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, he reminded people
that he represented a former slave state.
Biden Won't Back Down on "Chains" Gaffe.
Outrageous? Yes, that's a fair description when a vice president tells a largely black audience that the GOP policies will "put y'all back in
chains." Biden is trying to defend this as another quote taken out of context, but once again the context is perfectly clear.
Obama Campaign Sending
Gaffe-Prone Biden to Solid Blue States. The Obama campaign will send Joe Biden to three safe blue states next week, a move indicating the campaign may fear
the effect of the vice president's increasingly frequent gaffes.
Furiously: Obama Camp, Allies Emerge To Defend Joe Biden Claim That GOP Will Enslave You. It has become a sadly predictable routine
in recent weeks: a prominent member of the Obama campaign, reaching for a rhetorical flourish or a memorable sound bite, says something rather
impolitic about their Republican opponents. When the comment blows up into a furor, President Barack Obama's allies — and even
members of the campaign — emerge to defend the remark. Now, spinning at several hundred RPMs, the President and his supporters
in the media are making sure to cover up for Vice President Joe Biden's assertion that Republican politicians are devoted to putting
minorities "back in chains."
Why Did Biden Play the Race Card?
What to make of Joe Biden's apparent racial demagoguery this week in Danville, Virginia? Team Obama dismissed it as having nothing to do with race, but
this is likely wrong: Biden certainly seemed to be referencing slavery, was doing so in a Southern dialect, and speaking in a city that is roughly split
between whites and African Americans.
Biden's unscripted moments keep campaign on its toes.
A Joe Biden campaign event can at times have the feel of a high-wire act. Sure, there's a prompter in place, and a message of the day he's been tasked to
deliver. But the vice president's freelancing can begin almost immediately.
White House defends Biden, says remarks
not racist. The White House launched into damage control mode Thursday to deal with the growing chorus of Republicans and at least one
Democrat accusing Vice President Biden of race-baiting after Biden told a mostly black crowd in Virginia that Republicans want to "put y'all back in
chains." Biden's comments were "without question" a racial appeal, said former Virginia Gov. Doug Wilder, a Democrat and the nation's first
elected African-American governor.
Who's Smarter: Joe Biden or Yogi Berra? Cranking it up at a roaring campaign rally, Biden
says: "With you we can win North Carolina." He was in Virginia at the time. Earlier, he told the crowd, ""Romney wants to, he said in the first
100 days, he's going to let the big banks once again write their own rules. Unchain Wall Street." Then slipping into a southern accent, he finished
with, "They're going to put y'all back in chains." Nice move, Joe — except the many black folks in the crowd weren't laughing.
Former Gov. Wilder questions Biden's value to Obama
campaign. Since yesterday afternoon, former Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder and the Obama White House have been engaged in a back-and-forth spat that began
with Wilder criticizing Vice President Joe Biden for seemingly dragging slavery into the current political debate. [...] Wilder said that the "chains" remark and the
gaffe mixing up North Carolina and Virginia suggesting that the vice president doesn't have his "act together."
Gaffe Alert Level Three: Joe
Biden Press Shop Literally Trying to Edit Media Reports. The controversy surrounding Vice President Joe Biden's offensive claim that Republicans want to
enslave black Americans has become such a concern to the Obama White House that the veep's staff have resorted to trying to directly censor the news coverage about him.
In what is widely believed to be an unprecedented move, the Biden press shop has severely restricted access to vice president and begun telling journalists what they should
write about his activities as they write them up.
Joe Biden's Moral Illiteracy. Vice President Joe Biden has
made a long career out of saying crude and stupid things, and now he has outdone himself by affecting a southern accent and telling a substantially black audience in
Virginia (he seemed to think he was in North Carolina) that if Romney has his way "he gonna put y'all back in chains." The Obama campaign already has established
its reputation as a lowlife operation, trafficking in risibly and plainly untrue statements — Mitt Romney killed my wife! — but the latest from
Biden is so grotesque and morally illiterate that it deserves a special mention.
Biden sent home to Delaware to start weekend early. Biden's retreat home during
the increasingly frenetic 2012 race comes amid increased criticism for his campaign-trail performance. Biden was slated to share an uncomfortable lunch with President
Barack Obama on Thursday, following his disastrous week on the campaign trail, which culminated with a racially inflammatory warning to African-American supporters that Mitt
Romney will "put y'all back in chains."
WH blows off first black governor's rebuke of Joe
Biden. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney dismissed a rebuke of Joe Biden offered by former Gov. Doug Wilder, D-Va., in response to Biden's "chains"
comment. Wilder, the first black governor elected in the country, faulted Biden for saying "they're going to put y'all back in chains" during a recent campaign
stop. "Slavery is nothing to joke about!" Wilder said yesterday [8/15/2012].
The incredible lightness of
Biden. The vice president isn't just terrible at speaking — he's awful at his job.
Biden should apologize
for "back in chains" remark. When Vice President Joe Biden warned a Virginia rally of hundreds of African Americans that Republican efforts to
loosen bank regulations meant "They're going to put y'all back in chains," Stephanie Cutter, Team Obama's deputy campaign manager, said the president would
have "no problem with those comments."
Media Rushing Out
White Guilt Political Campaign Again — To Criticize Obama Is Racist. If you don't support Barack Obama, you are racist.
So says MSNBC and Obama White House guest Touré who goes on to classify Republicans as the "all white party" that has been programmed to
hate Black people. These comments come after it was Obama Vice President Joe Biden's now infamous "back in chains" gaffe that has even Black
Americans shaking their heads wondering what is going on with the Obama campaign.
From Hope and Change to Dope and Chains. As everyone in
the galaxy has by now learned, our esteemed Vice President spoke before a group of Barack Obama's remaining supporters last week and included the following
in his observations about Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan: "Look at what they value, and look at their budget. And look what they're proposing ... unchain
Wall Street. They're gonna put y'all back in chains." This was no slip of the tongue. It was in a prepared speech delivered with the aid of a
teleprompter, and it is part of the trifecta of fear on which he and his boss are betting in the hope that a majority of the electorate can be frightened
into voting for them in November.
America's lying eyes. President Obama's
answer on Wednesday to a question about his running mate claiming Republicans are going to put "y'all back in chains" was a classic bit of soothing presidential
palaver. "I don't think you or anybody who's been watching the campaign would say that in any way we have tried to divide the country," he said about a
moment in which Joe Biden had done precisely that.
Biden's Tourrette Problem. Joseph Biden's career
is chock-full of career-threatening gaffes — had they been committed by a conservative. But last week was exceptional, even for Joe. [...] This
dufus has bumbled for decades in a praised senate career and become Vice President of the United States, while the professional media looked respectfully away from
his stream of idiocy. Only now, under the glare of ubiquitous scrutiny, social media and a hotly contested presidential race, they can't quite keep him under
Liberals exploiting blacks is a tired trend.
Black history hasn't taught us much, or so it seems when we see it continually reduced to a self-serving prop by those who regard it as a tool for advancement.
Joe Biden telling a Virginia crowd of blacks that GOP policies are "gonna put y'all back in chains" is just any echo of shameless exploitations we've all heard before.
Joe Biden's Gaffes Call For A
Thorough Neurological Examination. [Scroll down] Biden should submit to a thorough neurological and psychiatric examination, with special
attention to whether he is experiencing "transient ischemic attacks" — marked by impaired blood flow to the brain — small strokes, seizures, or
suffers from a brain tumor. After all, we often demand to know whether a candidate has recovered from open-heart surgery, cancer or a stroke, and many states
require elderly drivers to be re-licensed. Aren't the vice-president's highest-level security clearance and his influence on public policy as important as the
ability to drive a car?
Will Hillary Save The White House For Obama?
According to the press and political talk show hosts who are usually "in the know", it appears that the major players in the vice presidential chats are President
Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and the President and First Lady's good friend and White House
Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett. As far as Vice President Joe Biden is concerned, he will probably find out if his White House status has changed just moments
before the rest of us do. When it comes to winning this election, loyalty has no place in the alleged-friendship between the President and the Vice
President. Obama wants to win this thing at any and all costs.
Biden and the Black Talented Tenth. In a statement to a
predominately black audience, Vice President Joe Biden, while attacking Gov. Romney, uttered these words: "He's going to let the big banks once again write
their own rules — unchain Wall Street! They gawn' put y'all back in chains. You would think it remarkable that in the year 2012, a
powerful politician who is one heartbeat away from being the president of the United States could show such insensitivity for over 40 million black Americans
and get away with it.
If Biden Were
Republican... Following in former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani's footsteps, the Wall Street Journal's Peggy Noonan on Sunday [8/19/2012]
made a strong comment about the media's handling of Vice President Joe Biden's recent miscues. Appearing on NBC's Meet the Press, Noonan
said, "If it had been a Republican vice presidential candidate who had made those gaffes... the subject today of the panel would be how stupid is this
person, can this person possibly govern?"
Joe Biden — The Gift You Can't Get Rid Of. The
more he speaks in public the more fuel he provides for the Republican electoral effort. And the question that just has to be asked is "how did we end
up with this guy?" There are probably a lot of answers that will make the rounds, if it is truly made the subject of debate. At the risk of
commiting heresy, this writer would like to suggest one that is unlikely to get much attention elsewhere; that Obama picked Biden precisely because he is a
buffoon, and Obama's image benefits from the contrast.
Joe Biden's Asinine Comments Aren't Cute Anymore.
The fact that Joe Biden is only a heartbeat away from the presidency should not only scare the hell out of every American, it should be reason enough for the
Romney-Ryan ticket to win the 2012 election by a landslide. Once again, Vice President Joe Biden has been explained, re-explained, and even embarrassingly
apologized for from the "left" while the Vice President tries to explain what he claims he really meant when he blurted out his latest horrendous comment.
The Scarecrow of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. It is not completely
impossible that in a moment of electoral desperation, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr will be called into a private meeting with Valerie Jarrett and
David Axelrod and told that it's time for him to announce that he wants to spend more time with his family. But it's not very likely.
The chief function of a Vice President is making the President look good, and by that measure Joe Biden is one of the best vice presidents who ever lived.
Biden 'considers $379,000 income middle class'. Joe Biden considers himself to be part of America's middle
class, despite his $379,000 income. Speaking to the National Council of La Raza in Las Vegas about home ownership,
the vice president said that the upper class 'doesn't get it — for middle class folks like me and you, owning a
home is the single most consequential element to our existence.' President Obama has been heavily campaigning his
$250,000 threshold that would cause income taxes to rise for the wealthy.
Jurassic Ideas About How Jobs Are Created. On a day when unemployment topped 8% for the 41st month in a row, it's worth noting
Vice President Joe Biden told Ohioans Tuesday that "so-called job creators" don't build the economy. It explains a lot.
Biden: 'So-called job creators' don't build
economy. Vice President Joe Biden faulted Mitt Romney for believing that "so-called job creators" build the economy, as he suggested
that government spending and increased taxes on the wealthy would provide long-term economic strength. "[Romney believes] somehow, that those
so-called job creators will make everything okay for the rest of us," Biden said at the National Education Association conference.
'Imagine a World in Which Hunger Is Vanquished by Crops That Don't Depend on Soil, Water or Fertilizer'. Vice President
Joe Biden told the graduating seniors of Cypress Bay High School in Florida today [6/4/2012] that they should imagine a world where hunger no longer
exists because crops grow without the need of soil, water or fertilizer. That world will soon be here, Biden told the students.
The vice president also said to dream of charging stations for electric cars at local high schools, "solar shingles" on the roofs of their
homes — and an end to nuclear weapons.
Jill and Michelle 'Would Not Have Any
Chance' Without Govt.. Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday [6/5/2012] that his wife, as well as the wife of President
Barack Obama, would have had "no chance" in life had it not been for government help.
List of Vice President Joe Biden's Verbal Gaffes. [Scroll down] But if he hadn't made these cringeworthy gaffes, he wouldn't be
the off-the-cuff, straight-shooting, error-prone vice president we know.
de Mayo with Biden. Vice President Joe Biden rang in Cinco de Mayo on Dos de Mayo with a breakfast at the Naval
Observatory and a joke about the Mexican ambassador being a waiter.
Obama agenda like 'legalizing rattlesnakes'. Vice President Joe Biden turned to a counter-productive
metaphor yesterday [4/19/2012], as he likened President Obama's policies to "legalizing rattlesnakes" in a hotel during an
attempt to praise the president. Biden was trying to praise Obama for courageous decisions.
The Motley Fool.
[Vice President Biden] is a walking pratfall, a clown of the tongue-tied, stumbling kind, and only the media's
determined effort to shield the Obama administration from laughter has kept Joe Biden's miscues, misunderstandings,
and mispronouncements from becoming our long-running national joke.
Al Franken is a 'leading legal scholar'. Vice President Joe Biden described former Saturday Night Live comedian,
Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., as a "leading legal scholar," presumably in the Senate, today. "He has been one of the leading
legal scholars," Biden said of Franken today [4/11/2012], according to the pool report. He also said that Franken "is
deadly serious" as a senator.
Top 10 Joe Bidenisms. [#4] Obama
"articulate" and "clean": During the 2008 presidential election, Biden seemingly discovered that blacks can
have sound hygiene. Imagine the howls of racism if a conservative had uttered this statement: "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 who? When a presidential
nominee chooses a running mate as a gimmick, not to accentuate his strengths but to mask his weaknesses, he
is asking for trouble. And when that running mate becomes a laughingstock and a liability, it doesn't
just hurt the ticket but also reflects poorly on the person who did the choosing because it shows he bungled
a major decision.
Hanging On to Biden's
Every Word. This is the fellow who nearly derailed his nascent presidential campaign last year
by calling Mr. Obama "articulate and bright and clean,"
The man who, on the day Mr. Obama
announced him as his running mate, referred to his party's presidential nominee as "Barack America"
man who has said he is running for president (not vice president) and who confused Army brigades with
battalions. Who referred to Ms. Palin as the lieutenant governor of Alaska.
economy with the truth, stupid. Just imagine what the sneering left intelligentsia, in the United States
and elsewhere, would have said if a Republican vice-presidential candidate had told CBS News that "when the stockmarket
crashed [in 1929], Franklin Roosevelt got on television" and informed Americans what had happened. ... Yet the Democrat
Joe Biden made these howlers in an interview with Katie Couric. She did not correct the vice-presidential
candidate. This is the same Couric who grilled Sarah Palin in an interview which aired a few days later.
Biden the bumbler. Sen.
Joe Biden is proving to be a disastrous pick — threatening to bring down the Democratic ticket. The
vice presidential candidate said this week that national leaders should follow the example of President Franklin
Roosevelt's response to a financial crisis. "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,'" Mr. Biden told "CBS Evening News." But Herbert Hoover, not Roosevelt, was president when the
stock market crashed in 1929 — a fact commonly known to many high-school students (but apparently not to
Mr. Biden). Moreover, television was barely in existence in those days.
Biden Secret Service Code Name: 'Assassination
Insurance'. Being interviewed by Katie Couric on the "CBS Evening News," Biden 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.'" For those of you who aren't
hard-core history buffs, Biden not only named the wrong president during the 1929 stock market crash, he also
claimed a president who wasn't president during the stock market crash went on TV before Americans had TVs.
should anyone trust Joe Biden? Joseph Robinette Biden — known to all as "Joe" —
was once the most talked about American politician in Britain. Unfortunately for the senior Delaware
Senator, all the talk was accompanied by incredulous laughter. ... but it wasn't just [plagiarism] which left
his run for the Presidency buried under an avalanche of ridicule.
spins a helicopter tale. When Joe Biden tells voters he understands the threat posed by Afghan
extremists, he dramatically illustrates one reason why: His helicopter was "forced down" on "the
superhighway of terror." Actually, snow, not the enemy, persuaded the helicopter pilot to land and wait
out a storm. The Democratic vice presidential candidate has repeatedly left that part out, in an episode
that Republicans hope will become an echo of Hillary Rodham Clinton's errant tale during the primaries of
landing in Bosnia under sniper fire.
Is Media Allowing Joe Biden to Lie About Drunk Driver Killing His First Wife? Along with the
claim that Joe Biden had a "blue-collar" upbringing — he had a decidedly upper class (though not "rich")
childhood — Joe Biden has for years claimed that his first wife and his daughter were killed by a "drunk
driver" in 1972. However, closer examination of the records proves that the man driving the truck that
slammed into the Biden family car was never charged with drunken driving.
Why does Joe Biden
lie about a 'drunk driver' killing his 1st wife? It is terrible to lose family members to a traffic
accident. But why on earth would a United States Senator fabricate an embellishment and claim that it was a
drunk driver's fault, when the record clearly indicates it was not?
Doomed to defeat. The
choice of Mr. Biden undercuts the moral legitimacy of Mr. Obama's candidacy. Mr. Biden is a
Democratic stalwart who is part of the political status quo Mr. Obama supposedly vows to overturn.
There is nothing new, fresh, post-ideological or post-partisan about Mr. Biden. Hence, Mr. Obama
has lost the compelling rationale for his movement. He is no longer the anti-establishment candidate.
He has quickly become conventional.
of Biden Outrages Many Gunowners. If there were any question about how the majority of American
gunowners would come down on the candidacy of Barrack Obama for president, the doubts vanished in a flash when
Obama picked veteran anti-gun Sen. Joe Biden from Delaware as his running mate. Biden proudly recalled
during a July 23, 2007 Democrat candidates' debate how he was "the guy who originally wrote the assault
weapons ban." Where Obama is on record as opposing concealed carry, and favoring other restrictions,
Biden has a long history of supporting gun control.
Tells 14 Lies During VP Debate. Senator Joe Biden lied at least 14 times during the vice
presidential debate according to those counting at John McCain's presidential headquarters. Tucker
Bounds, a spokesman from GOP presidential candidate John McCain's campaign said in a statement, ""Joe Biden
graduated from his trademark verbal gaffe to outright lie in tonight's debate."
Biden's 14 Lies: [1.] TAX VOTE: Biden said McCain voted "the exact same way" as
Obama to increase taxes on Americans earning just $42,000, but McCain DID NOT VOTE THAT WAY. [2.]
AHMEDINIJAD MEETING: Joe Biden lied when he said that Barack Obama never said that he would sit down
unconditionally with Mahmoud Ahmedinijad of Iran. Barack Obama did say specifically, and Joe Biden
attacked him for it.
Biden Error/Lie/Hallucination List. Not just 14 — updated to 22.
Truthless Joe. Neither
[Jimmy] Carter nor Bill Clinton, whose twists and turns before a grand jury led to his impeachment, ever stared
into the camera and spouted such a string of outright fabrications as if they were gospel truths the way Barack
Obama's running mate did last week. Thankfully, the blogosphere has been having a field day cataloguing
Biden Told: It's "simply not true" that Barack Obama said he'd meet Iran's president without
preconditions, Biden insisted. ... Biden said he's "always supported" clean-coal technology — after
stating emphatically only last month, "We're not supporting clean coal."
Did Biden Get It Wrong? You Betcha.
When you interview for a job, here is a hint: make sure you know what the job is. Joe Biden failed
that test last Thursday [10/2/2008]. He couldn't even get right what a vice president does, but the
media didn't notice.
Bizarre Hezbollah Fantasy: Had Palin spoken as irresponsibly and inaccurately as Bozo Biden
did, she would have faced renewed demands for her withdrawal from the ticket. The double standard
when it comes to candidate accountability remains the most outrageous current example of prevalent
The Clown of Campaign '08:
How is it that an attractive woman who has been involved in state and local government since the early 1990s
without much controversy is now passed off in the media as an airhead? Yet her opponent, long known as
an airhead, a braggart, and even a plagiarist, is now passed off as a statesman?
From Trial-Lawyer Donations, Backs Them in Votes. Joe Biden has been an ally of trial lawyers
throughout his tenure in the U.S. Senate, opposing every effort to curb lawsuits against businesses and
doctors. The lawyers are returning the favor.
Lie, Conservatives Die... Laughing. For openers, Biden is not in favor of clean coal as an alternate
fuel. He has voted against its use every chance he's had during his 36 years in the Senate. And
while I don't know in what cave Biden has been hiding, he must be the only person in America who didn't hear
Barack Obama state that, without any preconditions, he would sit down with Mahmud Ahmadinejad. But that
was only after he informed us that Iran was a small country and in no way a dangerous one.
Obama Campaign Tries to Soften Biden's
Warning — About Obama. On Sunday [10/19/2008], Sen. Joe Biden warned that Barack Obama will
be tested by an "international crisis" if he's elected president. By Tuesday, the Obama campaign was in
damage-control mode, sending out surrogates to explain what Obama's running mate really meant.
Joe the Bumbler.
So what happens when a vice-presidential candidate makes the gaffe to end all gaffes and declares that his own
running mate will trigger an international crisis? In the Year of The One, it's yet another controversy
that is virtually ignored by a national press corps that has become an institutional embarrassment.
McCain Won't Need Training
Wheels. Biden's warning that Obama's lack of experience will prompt tyrants and terrorists to "test" him
within the first six months can only be seen one way — as a confirmation of our worst fears.
Media Deserve Low Ratings They
Receive. Contrasting McCain with his hero, Joe declared a few weeks back, "When the stock market
crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and ... said, 'Look, here's what happened.'" Nice
historical reference. Except when the market crashed in 1929, Hoover was president, and there was no
television. Can one imagine what the press would have done to Sarah Palin had she exhibited such ignorance
of history. Or Dan Quayle? Joe gets a pass because everybody likes Joe.
Is the Obama Campaign Trying to Keep Joe Biden
Under Wraps? Time Magazine writes that one of the few things that could derail the Barack Obama
campaign is his running mate, so it says the campaign is "hidin' Biden." Karen Tumulty compares
traveling with Joe Biden to "reporting on a politician packaged in shrink-wrap" and that he is "leashed to a
teleprompter even when he is talking in a high school gym that is three-quarters empty."
Brighter and Righter Future. Contrast the elite media's refusal to ask about Gov. Palin's genuine
achievements with their equally clear refusal to pursue Sen. Joe Biden when he has been just plain wrong. The
most comical example was Biden's claim that we could go with him to Katie's restaurant to learn about the problems of
the middle class. Barely any attention was given to the fact that Katie's restaurant closed in 1986. No
elite reporter asked whether Biden had not learned about the middle class since 1986 or whether he is simply out of
touch with reality. Between Biden and Palin, I would take Palin any day.
are hypocrites when it comes to paying taxes. When asked whether he might be questioning the
patriotism of people who don't want higher taxes, [Joe] Biden, as is his wont, took things to the next
rhetorical level. Forget patriotism, insisted Joe, paying higher taxes is a religious obligation.
The man who gave an average of $369 a year to charity over the previous decade fulfills his religious
obligations by cutting a tax check — a check he's required to cut by law.
Conservative Felonies Become Liberal Misdemeanors. Vice president Joe Biden as a presidential
candidate once characterized Barack Obama as "the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and
bright and clean and a nice-looking guy." What exactly did Biden mean by "clean?" The press, of
course, didn't bother to probe too deeply, instead seeming to think that good old Joe Biden was running
off his mouth again.
Joe Biden, 'Practicing Catholic'. Like many
liberals, whether it's a game of constitutional Twister or flexible religious creed, Joe fashions his faith to accommodate his personal beliefs.
Therefore, the vice president and the enthusiastically pro-abortion Barack Obama both feel comfortable calling themselves Christian. Mr.
Biden identifies with Roman Catholicism but doesn't let that identity get in the way of his support of policy that directly contradicts church
teaching on the sanctity of life.
Biden's description of Obama draws scrutiny. His remarks about
Obama, the only African-American serving in the Senate, drew the most scrutiny. "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who
is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy," Biden said. "I mean, that's a storybook, man."
The Editor says...
CNN is apparently proud to call Obama "African-American," but they are quick to deny that he was born in Africa.
This is an original
compilation, Copyright © 2016 by Andrew K. Dart
on the part of Vice-President Biden
'Arrogant, insensitive, wrong':
US VP Biden causes uproar with remark on Japan's constitution. US Vice-President Joe Biden made a remark
slamming Donald Trump, but ended up in deep water with Japan instead, saying that the US "wrote Japan's constitution."
His comment was slammed as "arrogant", "wrong", and "insensitive" in Japan and beyond.
Embarrasses Himself, Calls Serbia 'Croatia' On Diplomatic Visit. Vice President Joe Biden made an embarrassing
flub Tuesday [8/16/2016] while at a press conference with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade, referring to
Serbia as "Croatia." "This is not the first time we've met ... I think we've become friends," Biden said, according to
InSerbia. "My visit today is much too short but I believe we've accomplished a great deal. The Prime Minister [of
Serbia Vucic] and I have got to know each other over the past several years and I mean it sincerely, I along with President
Obama respect the leadership you've shown in some very tough challenging moments, Mr Prime Minister, and your positive vision
for the future of Croatia."
very awkward hug with Clinton as she tries to get out of his arms. Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden shared an
awkward hug this morning as they greeted each other at the Scranton airport. 'Hello my dear,' she said as he walked off
his plane. They locked in a friendly embrace, Clinton laughing for a moment, before she tried to wriggle free.
Not picking up on her cues — repeated pats on the arm — Biden continued to hold her by the waist.
The VP finally let Clinton go and they walked to his limo, entering from opposite sides.
Says Trump Can't Be Trusted With Nuclear Codes, Then Tells Crowd He Has the Codes 'Right Back Here'. Vice
President Joe Biden, campaigning with Hillary Clinton in Scranton, Pa. on Monday, tried to make the case that Republican
Donald Trump is temperamentally and intellectually unfit to be president. "I have worked with eight presidents of the
United States. I have served with hundreds of senators... dozens of secretaries of state and secretaries of defense of
both parties. And I can say without hesitation, my word as a Biden, no major party nominee in the history of the United
States of America, has — now, don't cheer or — quiet, just listen — has known less or been
less prepared to deal with our national security than Donald Trump."
Biden Exposes Military Aide with Nuclear Codes During Campaign Rally for Hillary. Vice President Joe Biden
revealed during a campaign rally that he had a military aide with the nuclear codes present at the event. "There's a
guy that follows me right back here, has the nuclear codes," Biden said, turning and pointing.
Trump 'Not Qualified to Know' Nuclear Codes. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump cannot be trusted
with the codes that would unleash the American nuclear arsenal, Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., said Monday [8/15/2016].
Biden's debut on the campaign trail alongside Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton turned into a forceful attack on her GOP opponent,
whom the vice president said is already hurting America's national security.
Puts Nuclear Codes At Risk, Media Laugh It Off. For those who don't know, it's rather risky to point out the
exact agent holding the nuclear football. But this isn't the first time Biden has done this sort of thing. In May
2011, while speaking with reporters, Biden revealed that the Navy SEALs had killed Osama Bin Laden. The Washington
Times immediately reported that Navy SEALs began warning family members to remove personal information from their Facebook
accounts to avoid targeting.
Biden Exposes His Military Aid Carrying Nuclear Codes At Hillary Rally. During a campaign rally for Hillary
Clinton on Monday, Vice President Joe Biden treated the audience to a master class in irony by claiming Donald Trump is unfit
to have access to the nuclear codes while at the same time proving he himself is unfit to have access to nuclear codes.
The moment came when Biden pointed out the military aid who carries the closely guarded codes — also known as the
Nuclear Football — to the audience.
Joe Biden: The Three Dollar
Bill of American Politics. Once I took a crisis communications course under a nationally recognized authority on the subject.
During a break I was talking to him about the power of anecdotes. He was, he said, against manufacturing anecdotes out of whole cloth but
he believed that someone of even moderate intelligence could create anecdotes by steering a conversation in a certain direction. There is
at least as good a chance of that happening as a fatally ill Beau Biden encouraging his father to run for president. Of course, given the
way Joe Biden makes stuff up, now we really have to question if this anecdote is true... or if this just the Neil Kinnock speech being recycled.
failed presidential bids, penchant for gaffes threaten campaign. As Vice President
Joseph R. Biden spends this week vacationing in South Carolina and mulling whether to get into the
presidential race, he's got to be thinking about the humiliating beatings he took in his two
previous bids for the top job. It's a painful memory of campaigns that went off the rails early
in the 1988 and 2008 presidential races and a poor track record mostly overlooked by unhappy Democrats
clamoring for Mr. Biden to provide them an alternative to Hillary Rodham Clinton.
cheers end of white majority, 'that's a good thing'. Vice President Joe Biden welcomed
a top Latin American leader to Washington by declaring that "those of us of European stock" will be
the minority in less than two years, and, he added, "that's a good thing." Biden made the
comments during a State Department luncheon for Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.
Warren and Biden. Electing Biden would effectively be Obama's third term. Regarding
Obama's reign, Biden said, "I call it sticking with what works." "Run on what we have done.
Own what we have done. Stand for what we have done. Acknowledge what we have done."
"Are we going to continue this resurgence or are we going to return to policies I would argue have failed
the country in the past?" He actually said "resurgence." Biden wants to continue all of
Obama's disastrous economic policies.
Veep Creep and the Media. One of the clearest signs of media bias is when reporters
are made more uncomfortable by the act of criticizing the Obama administration than by the behavior
they're criticizing. Case in point: yesterday's piece in the Washington Post by Nia-Malika Henderson,
in which she struggles mightily with the fact that, thanks to conservative objections, Joe Biden's
incredibly creepy behavior toward women in public is getting tougher to ignore. Handsy Joe's
veep creep is by now a staple of the Obama administration's public events.
Biden, the crazy uncle we never wanted. Channeling his inner Ted Kennedy, ole Joe got
a little too handsy with Stephanie Carter, the wife of incoming Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter. He
slid behind her, grabbed her shoulders and pressed his face against the side of her head. If I
didn't know better (and I don't), I'd swear he's sniffing her hair. Or perhaps he was just
innocently whispering the gate code for Number One Observatory Circle into her ear. In any other
world, this man would be a walking, talking, sexual harassment lawsuit waiting to happen. Fellas,
conduct this experiment — go to work tomorrow and creep up behind a female coworker, then
grab her shoulders and press your face against her head. See how that works for you.
Week in Pictures: Harfing Biden Edition. And what's up with Vice Groper Joe Biden? Is he
planning on a post-Obama career in the TSA or something?
for Joe Biden to creep on another woman. The victim this time is Stephanie Carter,
wife of incoming defense secretary Ashton Carter, seen here holding forth on ISIS while his better
half suffers the ritual indignity of the vice presidential droit de seigneur at swearings-in. Silver
lining: Unlike most of the females whom Biden creeped on at last month's oath-taking for the new
Congress, Mrs. Carter is of age.
Biden caught 'snuggling' with Defense chief's wife. In a move straight out of the
stalker handbook, Biden appeared to be sniffing Stephanie Carter's hair at a swearing-in ceremony
for her husband in Washington. Biden, who kept his hands on Mrs. Carter's shoulders for
10 seconds, looked as if he was whispering sweet nothings in her ear. Hands folded in
front of her, she gazed stiffly in the direction of her husband during the grope.
Joe Biden's Hands Across
America. Vice President Joe Biden can't keep his hands to himself when women are
around. The latest woman to fall into the Biden snare was Stephanie Carter, wife of new Defense
Secretary Ashton Carter. Biden laid hands on her shoulders and whispered in her ear as Carter spoke
about his new job Tuesday [2/17/2015], and the moment went viral. Biden also made bad headlines for himself in
January when, during a day of trying to charm incoming members of the U.S. Senate and their families, he
bestowed a rather unwanted kiss on the head of Sen. Christopher Coons' (D., Del.) daughter.
Biden's woman-touching habit. Vice President Joe Biden left some observers in and out
of Washington aghast with his whisper-in-ear embrace of new Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter's
wife Stephanie at Carter's swearing-in Tuesday [2/17/2015]. As Carter was delivering his first speech as
Pentagon chief, Biden, standing in the background, put his arms on Stephanie Carter's shoulders and his face
to her ear, apparently telling her something in what could reasonably be interpreted as an intimate embrace.
is a VERY hands-on Vee-Pee. Vice President Joe Biden has become well known for his
love of close talking, and he was at it again on Tuesday [2/17/2015]. Biden was at the swearing
in ceremony of new Defense Secretary Ash Carter, and as Carter delivered his speech, Biden could be
seen in the background with his arms on the shoulders of the man's wife, Stephanie, and whispering
into her ear.
Biden in 2000: No man has the right to touch a woman without her consent. Vice
President Joe Biden has made news — again — with his surprisingly intimate
embrace of a woman not his wife in a public setting. The incident occurred Tuesday at the Washington
swearing-in of new Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter. As Carter spoke, Biden, standing behind
Carter's wife Stephanie, put his hands on her shoulders for an extended period of time and briefly
buried his face in her hair. Some critics noted that such behavior might earn a sexual harassment
complaint if it were in a business setting. And it turns out Biden himself, in his many years as a
senator, supported legislation to get tough on men who touch women in inappropriate ways.
gets smackdown after claiming he knows 'an awful lot' of Somali cab drivers in Delaware home
town. Vice President Joe Biden ran afoul of the nation's two most prominent
fact-checkers on Thursday [2/19/2015] by claiming there's a 'large, very identifiable Somali
community' in his home town, and many of them drive cabs. He said Wednesday during the White
House's 'Countering Violent Extremism' conference that riding in so many Somalis' cabs after train
trips home helped him understand efforts by Minnesota officials to help Somali-American Muslims
avoid turning into violent extremists. 'If you ever come to the train station,' he said of
Wilmington, Delaware, 'you may notice that I have great relations with them, because an awful lot of
them are driving cabs, and are friends of mine.'
Covers Up Biden's Latest Racist Gaffe. Democrats sure got it good. Louisiana Republican Governor
Bobby Jindal dares to agree with CNN's own reporting about European no-go zones, and the left-wing network brands him
an anti-Muslim racist. On the other hand, when Vice President Joe Biden stereotypes Somali immigrants as nothing
more than a bunch of cab drivers, the media pretends it didn't happen. The slur is left completely out of their reporting.
An Awful Lot' Of Somalis Driving Cabs, Says Joe Biden. Vice President Joe Biden told
an audience on Tuesday [2/17/2015] that he has great relationships with Somalis living in America
since many of them have driven him around in taxi cabs. The latest "Bidenism" — the
name given to the Democrat's many gaffes and candid remarks — came during the opening day
of a three-day White House summit on extremism and terrorism.
The Editor asks...
On what date was Joe Biden's most recent trip in a taxi?
we talk about how Vice President Joe Biden is being inappropriate? I know he's crazy
ol' Uncle Joe. I know he's loveable and of a different generation, blah, blah. I know he wears
aviators. I know he has a voting record and a party identification that make this kind of behavior
suddenly charming and eccentric instead of creepy. But while the online feminist community is
fighting the scourge of men who don't cross their ankles on the subway with all it's got, the Vice
President of the United States is making teenage girls actively uncomfortable by nuzzling and
touching them on national TV. This is not charming.
Hell Would Be Unleashed On 'Handsy' Joe Biden If He Were Conservative. Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays a
bumbling (but certainly more competent than Joe Biden) vice president in HBO's "Veep." There's an episode in
season two where it's January 6 and she is supposed to swear in senators but just can't get her act together.
She messes up small talk and doesn't have her head in the game. Yesterday, January 6, was sort of a real-life
version of this. While the man who in real life is a heartbeat away from the presidency also messed up small
talk, he was almost too locked in. He was extremely attentive. Particularly to underage girls.
And, well, it's not that big of a deal, I guess, but it got kind of creepy.
Biden: Extremists Commit Violence 'In The Name Of The Bible'. According to tweet by
participants in the recent White House Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Summit, Vice President Joe
Biden spoke about violent extremism carried out "in the name of the Bible." The tweet was sent out
by the Muslim Public Affairs Council, which also tweeted that they pushed the White House to say so.
do you aim this thing? Biden has become a laughing-stock and staple of late-night comedians as a dim light-bulb who
can't stop spouting gaffes. Did you know Joe was surprised by the ending of the Lincoln movie? And he's such a team
player that Biden charges the Secret Service rent to protect him at home in Delaware. Biden held a meeting on the administration's
vaunted government transparency promise — but it was closed — two times.
skewers Biden but is ignored by media. Imagine a scathing look at a vice presidential candidate. Put a "R" after
that candidate's name, like Sarah Palin, and you get big-name books, a controversial film and lots of news coverage. Put a "D" after
that candidate's name, even when he's still the sitting vice president, and it gets almost no attention.
Asks for Web Site's 'Number'. Vice President Joe Biden, tasked with overseeing the $787 billion
stimulus package, has been having a little trouble with his "numbers." ... "You know, I'm embarrassed.
Do you know the Web site number?" he asked an aide standing out of view. "I should have it in front of
me and I don't. I'm actually embarrassed." Biden, who seemed to indicate that he thought the
Internet worked like a giant telephone, sounded an unusually Luddite note inside an administration often
heralded for its mastery of the Web.
The Editor says...
Obviouly the press would have had a field day with a comment like that, if it had come from Dan Quayle.
Biden is lying about his college football career, in that he claims he had one. Does it really count as a lie if a
fellow simply can't tell the difference between fantasy and reality? Yes. Yes, it does. Insanity is no excuse.
Two More Brutal Biden Gaffes on
Campaign Trail. Two epic gaffes at one campaign stop. First, Vice President Joe Biden told a group of supporters
that Paul Ryan "has written a book called The Young Guns with two other members of the House, no these are Republican
leaders in the House. You had, unfortunately, the bullets are aimed at you." Then he lost track of which version of
planet Earth he's on and wondered who in the audience had served in our war with Iran.
"What's He Doing Back There?"
A woman was warming up the crowd, talking about breast cancer — a serious topic, one would think. But Biden couldn't
stand to go for more than a few moments without playing the buffoon. So, growing impatient, he sidled over to Nelson, whispered
something to him, and then started making goofy squatting motions to encourage the crowd to sit down.
VP Debate, Biden Seemed to Overstate His Role in Social Security Reform. Asked about Medicare reform, the vice president
said, "Look, I was there when we did that with Social Security in 1983. I was one of eight people sitting in the room that
included Tip O'Neill negotiating with President Reagan. We all got together and everybody said, as long as everybody's in the
deal, everybody's in the deal, and everybody is making some sacrifice, we can find a way." [...] But according to the historical
record, Biden was not one of the small group of people in "the room," or in "the meeting" — nor was he even a key
player in reforms.
List of Biden's
Political Blunders. [For example,] On July 16, 2009, Biden gave a blunt summation of the
administration's approach to stimulus spending. "People, when I say that, look at me and say, 'What
are you talking about, Joe? You're telling me we have to go spend money to keep from going bankrupt?"
he said at a stop in Virginia. "The answer is yes."
Classified Information? Biden told his dinnermates about the existence of a secret bunker under
the Vice President's Residence at the U.S. Naval Observatory. ... Despite more than fifteen trips to the VPR
over the past five years, and despite having conducted dozens of interviews about security precautions taken
for Cheney and his staff after 9/11, I was never told such a bunker existed. ... The obvious conclusion:
Its existence was highly classified. So what was Joe Biden doing talking about it at the Gridiron Dinner?
Reveals Location of Secret VP Bunker. Vice President Joe Biden, well-known for his verbal
gaffes, may have finally outdone himself, divulging potentially classified information meant to save the
life of a sitting vice president.
Aide Denies Vice President Leaked Classified Location of Cheney Bunker. Vice President Joe Biden
did not leak classified information when he reportedly described to dinner guests the location of a "hideaway"
his predecessor, Dick Cheney, used in the days following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, an aide to Biden
said Monday. "There was no disclosure of classified information," spokeswoman Elizabeth Alexander said.
Spoken down to by dimwits.
The world trembled last year as a terrible prospect loomed: The next vice-president of the US might
be a complete moron. ... Did Dan Quayle ever deliver a speech this incoherent? "You are the possible. That
is not hyperbole. You are the possible." It isn't hyperbole. It also isn't anything close to
gaffe: New rail tunnel being built for cars? Biden said Amtrak was getting its share of stimulus
money and more projects would be announced in a few days. Then he offered this: "Look, this is
designed, this totally new tunnel, is designed to provide for automobile traffic," Biden said. "It's
something, as you know, up your way, that's been in the works and people have been clamoring for for a long
time." For the record, the tunnel is for trains, and its completion would allow for more NJ Transit
trains during peak hours and "one-seat" rides into Midtown Manhattan on lines serving Bergen and Passaic
counties. Currently riders on those lines must switch trains.
Palin Vs. Biden:
At the Washington press corps' Gridiron Dinner last month, Biden may have compromised national security by
revealing the location of the secret underground protective facility built for the vice president's protection
during an enemy attack or other emergency. And after Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal delivered the GOP
response to Obama's first speech to Congress in February, the vice president claimed that "in Louisiana there's
400 people a day losing their jobs. What's he doing?" Louisiana, in fact, was the only state in the
union adding jobs. ... At a ball for Obama staff the day after he was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice John
Paul Stevens, Biden seemed to think his oath was administered by Justice Potter Stewart, who died in 1985.
John Boehner: Joe Biden's lying about stimulus.
Vice President Joe Biden is invading House Minority Leader John Boehner's back yard tomorrow to tout the success of the
stimulus package, but Boehner is redoubling his attacks, accusing the vice president of lying about the economy. "I
found it ... interesting over the last couple of days to hear Vice President Biden and the president mention the fact that
they didn't realize how difficult an economic circumstance we were in," Boehner said. "Now this is the greatest
fabrication I have seen since I've been in Congress."
Dead Cows and Other Biden Health
Care Whoppers. Biden said he wanted to make sure people understood the health care debate in plain
language, without the kind of wonky jargon that dominates discussions of such subjects. In the course of
doing so, he made some bizarre analogies and never allowed the facts to get in the way.
Joe Biden: 'We Have to Go Spend Money
to Keep From Going Bankrupt'. Vice President Joe Biden told people attending an AARP town hall meeting that
unless the Democrat-supported health care plan becomes law the nation will go bankrupt and that the only way to avoid that
fate is for the government to spend more money.
Biden's Terrible Truths. The "gaffes," as we call unscripted thoughts, come delightfully often with
Biden. ... Let's take a quick review. ... Swine Flu. Should we panic? "I would tell members of my
family — and I have — I wouldn't go anywhere in confined places now," Biden said, adding, "When
one person sneezes, it goes all the way through the aircraft." This statement was so true it
was retracted by the end of the day.
Biden apologize for using Christ's name as a curse word? Can you imagine the uproar that would ensue
if the Vice President of the United States used the name of Islam's supreme being as a curse word? ... How many more
stupid comments does it take before his handlers in the White House realize it's time for this dunce to retire?
gaffes undercut Obama. The Obama White House's vaunted message machine has been thrown off-track
with increasing regularity by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., whose five verbal missteps in the
past three months have created obstacles at home and abroad. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
was forced Sunday [7/26/2009] to correct publicly Mr. Biden's characterization of Russia as a crumbling
country, a description that infuriated Russian officials and contradicted President Obama's efforts to
"reset" relations with the world power.
Big Mouth Bites Russia. Obama cannot afford his second in command making unpredictable and
Joe Biden's "Reset" Button? Republicans in my view failed last fall to point out Biden's train
wreck of a record. They allowed the American people to be told that Joe Biden has foreign policy credentials.
They never pointed out that Joe Biden spent 26 years in the U.S. Senate and that his fellow Democrats
never considered him for Majority Leader. Over the past few weeks, we've all learned why.
Joe Biden Said That? Indeed he did.
The Gaffe Czar.
Obama has already been forced to publicly chide his vice president. In fact, a frequent refrain from the
White House has become, "What Joe really meant to say..." Can the president can rein in his veep before
Biden actually does cause an international incident?
Loose lips sink ships.
Biden Spills Beans on Automaker's Full Line
of New Vehicles. Vice President Joe Biden, during a visit Tuesday to a Delaware automotive
assembly plant, unwittingly revealed startup manufacturer Fisker Automotive's undisclosed plans to produce
a full line of plug-in hybrid vehicles at the facility.
Biden Strikes Again.
Joe Biden says many dumb things, but this, on Elena Kagan's opposition to military recruiters on campus, is up
there with the worst of them.
Biden update: Off to Africa now for some reason. Because of the ongoing crisis of the gulf
oil spill, the stubborn reluctance of the private sector to create many new jobs after 15 months of billion-dollar
stimulus spendings and the emotional and political volatility surrounding the Arizona illegal immigrant law,
Vice President Joe Biden has been dispatched to Africa for a while.
Must Be Joking: Biden Says 'Iranian Influence in Iraq Is Minimal'. The entire idea behind
Iran's proxy warfare is to have deniability so the regime can escape retribution and still position itself as
the power broker that all must cater to. If the Iranians needed any reassurance that their strategy is
working, they got it from Vice President Joe Biden on August 23.
Biden Says that 'The Taliban, Per Se, Is Not Our Enemy'. The ongoing reconciliation process has
long included bringing in forces who have taken up arms against the U.S. and against the Afghan government,
but Biden might face criticism for stating that as an organization the Taliban is not the enemy of the U.S., when
its leadership and members have devoted so much time, resources and energy towards killing American soldiers.
"Potatoe?" Biden to Visit "Road Island". Dan Quayle is actually an exceptionally bright man who
had an unfortunate mishap at the chalkboard with an unnecessary vowel. Joe Biden, the fun Homer Simpson
of the Obama Administration, has suffered far greater gaffes; the latest from the administration on his behalf.
Two words: "Road Island."
Joe Biden heading to 'Road Island'. Joe Biden's camp might be overly-reliant on spell-check.
The White House recently announced that the Vice President would be attending campaign events in "Road Island."
The glaring misspelling of the Ocean State showed up in a widely-distributed press release detailing Biden's upcoming
The Editor says...
While I disagree with everything Joe Biden stands for, I still have to point out that this error surely wasn't
Biden's fault. The culprit is probably some secretary, with a lower-case "s". It just goes to show
that spell checkers cannot make up for poor education.
Biden's speeches are boring!
Man Literally Struggles to Stay Awake
During Biden Speech. "Americans are tired of being tired," Joe Biden said.
Biden Claims He Voted Against Afghanistan, Iraq Wars.
Then Sen. Biden voted for the Afghanistan resolution on Sept. 14, 2001 which authorized "the use of United States Armed Forces against those
responsible for the recent attacks launched against the United States." And on Oct. 11, 2002, Biden voted for a resolution authorizing
unilateral military action in Iraq, according to the Washington Post.
Why is Joe Biden a Moron? It almost seems
impossible. Giving Americans advice to step out their door and fire warning shots from a double barrel shotgun when they're afraid?
Biden on Election of Pope: 'Catholic Church Plays an Essential Role in My Life'. After the election of Pope Francis I
on Wednesday [3/13/2013], Vice President Joe Biden issued a statement talking about the importance of Catholicism to him personally
and how much he is looking forward to working with the pope. As vice president, Biden has advanced causes directly contrary to the
teachings of the Catholic Church — favoring, for example, the legalized killing of children in the womb and legalized
Biden gaffe. Vice President Biden misspoke on Tuesday [3/18/2014], claiming he had led the fight for
Poland to join NATO when he served as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Biden, whose tendancy [sic]
toward gaffes is well known, served as chairman from 2001 to 2003; Poland joined NATO in 1999. "Fifteen years ago, I was
honored, as the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, to lead the fight for Poland's admission into NATO," Biden said
in Warsaw, Poland, on Tuesday during a visit to reassure allies as Russia moved to annex Crimea. Bloomberg News
first reported the gaffe.
Biden jokes that he would nominate Obama for 'sainthood'. Vice President Joe Biden
in a speech Friday [3/21/2014] joked that he should have nominated President Obama for "sainthood"
after seeing his patience during the rocky rollout of the health law's new insurance exchanges.
The Editor says...
Mr. Biden apparently mistakes incompetence and narcissistic detachment for patience.
Joe Biden thinks 'Africa' is a country, not a continent. Vice President Joe Biden
wants everyone to know that he has high hopes for the 'nation' of Africa. Biden isn't just a
walking gaffe machine — he's a walking gaffe top-ten list. So when he goofed at Tuesday's
U.S.-Africa Business Forum, and there was no F-bomb involved, it didn't make headlines. But gaffe
he did, in front of 50 world leaders and their entourages at the event held on the sidelines of
President Barack Obama's U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.
Vice-President Biden debates Congressman Paul Ryan
October 11, 2012
Joe Biden Makes History. For starters, try to imagine being Paul
Ryan last Thursday: a young politician in the hot seat, the eyes of the world pressing upon him, as he tries to make careful and succinct statements in a
most-intense environment, while all along, literally nearly every minute — Biden interrupted Ryan 80-plus times — his opponent smirks,
scoffs, laughs uncontrollably, flaps his arms, and, generally, acts like a petulant child. I ask readers: Could you have endured what Paul Ryan
handled? Given what he was up against, Paul Ryan's debate performance was truly remarkable.
The new Middle East coverup: Biden caught in Syria debate falsehood. [Scroll down] Biden
denied it, declaring: "We are in the process now — and have been for months — in making sure that help, humanitarian aid, as
well as other aid and training is getting to those forces that we believe, the Turks believe, the Jordanians believe, the Saudis believe are the free
forces inside of Syria. That is underway." Well, according to a report in this morning's [10/15/2012] New York Times, Biden's statement
was not true.
Bolton From the Blue. "The attack on Benghazi Sept. 11 was
known to be a terrorist attack within one day. Intelligence officials who briefed members of Congress on Sept. 12 told them so clearly.
In last week's Congressional hearings, State Department officials testified truthfully they were in cell phone contact with the diplomatic staff throughout
the entire episode. Yet they went around for days blaming the attacks on some silly trailer for a video, and Hillary Clinton has been sticking to
that line up until very recently. What Biden said during the debate that the intelligence community had not known the facts right away was blatantly
Green stimulus profiteer comes under
IRS scrutiny. Vice President Biden snickered during last week's debate at the suggestion there was waste, inefficiency or cronyism in the
2009 stimulus bill. If he can stop cackling for long enough, Biden, the self-proclaimed "stimulus sheriff" should sit down with the IRS officials
and the federal inspector general who are investigating a solar company owned by leading Obama donor and subsidy recipient Elon Musk.
What Biden Doesn't Want You to
Know. Current veep Joe Biden certainly sought to play last Thursday's vice-presidential debate for laughs. Embarrassingly for
Democrats, the laughs were mainly his own. [...] His opponent, by contrast, was more like the earnest young parish priest who has been sent to
coax wicked Uncle Joe out of the pub and into the church.
Keith Ablow Diagnoses VP Biden. Fox News' go-to psychiatrist, Keith Ablow, appeared on Fox & Friends Weekend to discuss Joe Biden's debate
performance. Given that Biden's laughter, smirks, and malarkeyisms had been dissected pretty thoroughly by the time Sunday rolled around, Ablow had his
work cut out for him.
The Democratic Party has lost its mind and its
way. [Scroll down] Then there is Joe Biden. As I predicted, his manic behavior at the veep debate won the approval of Dems
despondent over Obama's flop at his debate. Biden's rude laughs, snorts and sneers, combined with hectoring accusations of Paul Ryan, were catnip
for those who see Republicans as unworthy and illegitimate. They actually applaud that Biden's interruptions — more than 100 of
them — prevented any sustained, serious discussion.
Fact Check: Top Ten Worst Lies
by Joe Biden in VP Debate. Once again, Joe Biden lied his way through a Vice Presidential debate — just as he did in his contest
with Sarah Palin in 2008. This time, the media caught a few of Biden's worst "malarkey" moments — as did his opponent, Paul Ryan, when
he could get a word in edgewise.
Laughing at the Issues: The Astounding
Obama/Biden Miscalculation. Both Obama and Biden were dismissive, disrespectful, smug, 'superior,' contemptuous and condescending.
Obama did it with body language, Biden did it with smirks and laughter. Biden's antics last night may make the damaged left happy, but the folks
do not like that kind of juvenile disrespect. Ryan has proven himself a remarkable congressman. Biden has proven himself a fool.
Joe Biden's laugh-filled debate wasn't so funny on national security.
The heat generated by Joe Biden at Thursday night's vice presidential debate cooled into object lessons in the danger of bombast by a top United States
government official. Biden's smirking theatricality while facing Republican Paul Ryan included exasperated putdowns and, at times, broad factual
assertions whose grounding in truth was tenuous. So it goes in skewering an opponent's record.
Sports bar Biden vs. seminar Ryan. The two men looked like
they were taking part in separate discussions. Ryan was speaking in the economics seminar at some obscure think tank. Biden was shouting
answers in the middle of a loud sports bar.
"Disturbed" by Biden's Debate Performance. Former vice president Dick Cheney said he found Vice President Joe Biden's behavior at
the debate Thursday night "very disturbing," adding that it was "the most emotionally unstable debate performance in modern American politics," reports
Ryan's Reason Contrasts Biden's Buffoonery.
Over the next few days, news media and Republicans will share video snippets of Thursday night's vice presidential debate. Voters will get an extra
helping of Vice President Joe Biden chuckling, interrupting, laughing, mugging, smirking and otherwise behaving completely inappropriately. What
Team Obama described as "just Joe being Joe" steadily devolved into Joe just being creepy.
Biden Bombed. You don't win a nationally televised debate by being
rude and obnoxious. You don't win by interrupting your opponent time after time after time or by being a blowhard. You don't win with facial
expressions, especially smirks or fake laughs, or by pretending to be utterly exasperated with what your opponent is saying.
Biden Loses by a Smirk. That smirk was everywhere tonight in the
debate with Paul Ryan — and one finds it impossible to believe that was anything but bad news for the Obama campaign.
A Letter to Joe Biden. Watching Congressman Ryan try to respectfully
engage you in thoughtful discourse was like watching Emily Post try to take a gorilla to tea. You reminded me of people I've had the misfortune of
trying to rationalize with in the past ... people with whom I couldn't fit an uninterrupted word in with a shoe horn, and with whom I eventually abandoned
all hope of ever being able to complete a sentence.
The I-Can't-Post-Mortem For The VP
Debate. Paul Ryan is a better man than me, and it's the reason he came out the winner. I have to admit: I would
have taken the bait. I would have lashed back at both Biden and Raddatz for their arrogance and their overall rude behavior.
Ryan did what I never would have been able to do: he was diplomatic, yet remained firm. He was by all measure Presidential.
Really Watch For Over The Next 72 Hours....
The Benghazi Massacre scandal is really taking root within even the Mainstream Media now — due in great part to Vice President Joe Biden's
oddly phrased throw-the-State Department-under-the-bus remarks during Thursday's debate.
Are Budget Cuts to
Blame for Benghazi Attack, as Biden Suggested? Fact checkers take note: Biden's suggestion that funding cuts may have undermined security
at the consulate has been disproven — by his own administration.
Dr. Strangelaugh. In addition to the vice
president's boorishness, a lot of observers noted that he frequently smiled and chuckled at inappropriate times — even during a discussion
of Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons. The Republican National Committee quickly put out an ad consisting of nearly a minute of such clips
followed by the caption: "Vice President Biden is laughing ... Are you?"
On Libya, Biden was full of
'malarkey'. Vice President Biden didn't just double down on the administration's story of the attack in Benghazi, Libya.
He emptied the bank account and put the deed to the house on the table. Asked why the administration initially claimed for more than a
week that the incident grew out of a street protest over a YouTube video, Biden said that's what they knew at the time.
about the Benghazi attack.
Intelligence Community Responds to Biden
'Bloviations'. Vice President Joe Biden laughed mirthlessly during the debate as Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul
Ryan (R-Wis.) coolly unbraided the Obama Administration's foreign policy — but the joke is probably on Joe.
Mr. Malarkey, full of
Baloney. BIDEN: Asked about the administration's denial of requests from the U.S. mission to Libya for
increased security prior to the September 11 terrorist attack on the consulate in Benghazi — which resulted
in the assassination of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans — Biden answered, "we weren't
told they wanted more security ... We did not know they wanted more security." FACT: The U.S. Embassy in Libya
requested "an increase in the number of our permanently assigned RSO [Resident Security Officer] staff," as well as "five
TDY DS [Temporary Duty Diplomatic Security] agents for 45-60 days rotations in Benghazi."
Joe Biden's Rude
Debate Laughter: The Joke's on Him. What's so funny, Biden? Why the veep's rude chortles during last night's faceoff
constituted a new low in debate etiquette — and will only hurt his boss.
Biden laughs at tax increases, nuclear war, and other delights. It didn't take the Republican National
Committee long to produce a video compilation of Joe Biden's inappropriate grins and laughter from Thursday night's
vice-presidential debate. The nuclear destruction of Israel is particularly hilarious to the Gaffemaster.
Biden Proposed Social
Security Freeze in 1984. The year was 1984 and Senator Joe Biden was sounding the alarm over Ronald Reagan's budget
deficits. His proposal, which was co-sponsored by Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Nancy Kassebaum, R-Kan., included a
one-year freeze of all federal spending including Social Security (no cost of living increase) and defense (no pay increase
for the troops).
Control: Obama Campaign Tries to Spin Biden's Bizarre Debate Behavior. The Obama campaign is struggling to respond to
mounting criticism of Vice President Joe Biden's bizarre behavior during last night's debate with Rep. Paul Ryan. Biden not only
interrupted Ryan frequently — 82 times, according to Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus — but
frequently laughed, smirked, and snorted at serious moments, showing contempt for his opponent and disturbing even friendly observers.
White House Serial Lies About Libya Extend to VP
Debate. Biden made the patently false and outrageous claim that no one in the Obama administration knew that requests for extra security
had been made by our Libyan ambassador, Christopher Stevens, and other members of our consulate in Benghazi. To emphasize his lie, Biden actually
said it twice.
'My Religion Defines My Life'. Vice President Joe Biden said in Thursday night's [10/11/2012] vice presidential debate
that life begins at conception, that he accepts the Catholic Church's position on abortion, and that he believes abortion must be
legal. The Catholic Church's teaching is not only that abortion is always wrong, but also that Catholics in public office
have a grave duty to oppose legalizing it while speaking out clearly against it.
Thoughts on the vice presidential
debate. Joe Biden appealed to Democratic partisans, firing them up by attacking and, even more often, smirking at Paul
Ryan's arguments. But smirks only work when your audience starts off agreeing with you. That would be the case with strong
Democratic partisans, but it's not at all that clear that it appeals to Independents, or to those who are undecided or moveable.
He was trying to dismiss Ryan's arguments as ridiculous, in line with Democratic talking points that no rational person could possibly
agree with him, but I think that only works with people who are already convinced.
BFD: Biden's Failed Debate. This
administration does not lend itself well to the split screen and the VP might very well need psychiatric care. His smile was
frightening. For most of the night Joe Biden looked like the Joker — Nicholson not Ledger. After 3½ years
of Biden's playing the fool, it is hard to remember he was once considered a serious man, a serious politician.
Chris Wallace: I've
Never Seen A Candidate As Disrespectful As Joe Biden Was Tonight. Fox News anchor Chris Wallace hammered Vice President Joe
Biden's excessive smiling and laughing during the debate, saying that he's never seen anyone be so disrespectful in a presidential or vice
presidential debate. And Wallace said that he'd seen most of them — all but the first four in 1960. He called his
Last night, Joe Biden was a three-letter
word: J-E-R-K. I could scarcely even pay attention to whatever lies Biden was telling, so distracting was all his laughing and
interrupting and flailing about. As Christopher Bedford puts it, he swapped out "hope and change" for "interrupt and laugh." He was so
obnoxious, I became convinced he was trying to goad Ryan into taking a swing at him.
adds to the Libya lies. Vice President Joe Biden served up the worst gaffe of any of the 2012 debates, in a moment that will harm not only
him but also his boss. Sure, the obnoxious grimacing and the mannerisms will be mocked relentlessly, but it was his egregious misstatement on
Benghazi that will now plague the Obama-Biden ticket.
Biden Loses It. Biden's demeanor was the story of the
evening: smirking, laughing, snorting, shaking his head. The strategy seems to have been to laugh off America's problems, since the Obama
administration has done nothing to solve them. The debate itself was secondary to the demeanor of Biden. Biden had nothing to run on, so
he decided to distract.
Joe Biden goes off his
meds, but Paul Ryan persevered at sole VP debate. With no real economic record to run on, the old vice president, who has so often
promised hundreds of thousands of new jobs every month, resorted to the Al Gore School of Advanced Debate Histrionics. He laughed often and
loudly. He rolled his eyes. He sighed. He chortled. He shook his head. He leaned back and crossed his arms with exaggerated
exasperation, each time, of course, drawing the cameras' attention off Ryan and onto the emptiness of Biden's performance. Oh, did we mention how
often Biden interrupted?
Biden Only Mentions Obama Once in Debate.
Rep. Paul Ryan won a tough debate on Thursday evening against Vice President Joe Biden — but Biden was not the biggest loser — who
was, once again, President Barack Obama. Biden, in fact, surpassed (low) expectations and played to his Democratic base — though not to
independent voters — by interrupting, smirking, and chuckling.
The Bully vs. the Wonk. So now we know what
Team Obama's comeback plan was following last week's defeat in the Presidential debate. Unleash Joe Biden to interrupt, filibuster, snarl, smirk
and otherwise show contempt for Paul Ryan. The carnival act contributed to the least illuminating presidential or vice presidential debate of our
Joe Biden may not have the last laugh.
Vice President Joe Biden did give the president what he needed last night — a jolt of energy and a strong defense — but his
constant smiling and guffawing could overshadow his performance and turn off undecided voters.
Biden Throws Intel Community Under
Bus. The vice presidential debate opened with a question about the Libyan consulate attack. While that section of the evening
probably didn't figure heavily in forming opinions about whether Vice President Biden or Paul Ryan prevailed, it did provide an interesting twist
in the unfolding tale of administration prevarications about the murders in Benghazi.
[...] was caught fibbing about the U.S. intelligence community. [Scroll down] Perhaps the even bigger problem the Obama campaign
will have in the coming days is that Biden, again just like Gore in 2000, repeatedly exaggerated and mischaracterised for effect. And worse than
Gore — who was caught in a series of small lies in 2000 — Biden was demonstrably untruthful in some big respects. Most
seriously, Biden blamed the intelligence community for the debacle that led to and followed the killing of ambassador Chris Stevens and three other
Americans in last month's terror attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
Chris Wallace Shocked
By Biden's 'Disrespectful,' 'Openly Contemptuous' Debate Treatment Of Ryan. Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace slammed Vice President
Joe Biden's demeanor at Thursday night's [10/11/2012] vice presidential debate against GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan. Wallace said that
he was shocked by how "openly contemptuous" Biden appeared to act towards Ryan and that he thought Biden's behavior lacked historical precedent.
Biden's debate 'facts' prompt White House
clarifications. While Vice President Biden stressed the importance of "facts" a total of 26 times on the debate stage, those facts
required considerable clarification Friday [10/12/2012] from the White House.
Libya Attack Gains Steam as Issue
in Race for President. The dispute over the episode escalated after Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said during the debate on
Thursday night that "we weren't told" that Americans in Libya wanted security bolstered, despite Congressional testimony that the administration had
turned down requests. Mitt Romney's campaign on Friday [10/12/2012] accused the vice president of trying "to mislead the American public."
Biden, Obama and the Politics of Personal
Destruction. Throughout the debate, Biden treated Rep. Paul Ryan with contempt. He never responded to any of Ryan's reasoned,
substantive criticisms of Obama's policies. He simply called him a liar, repeatedly. With no justification. He sneered. He
guffawed. And he maligned Ryan for 90 minutes. I watched the debate on Fox News. I suppose the commentators hadn't read
Henninger's article. They were all expressing shock at Biden's nastiness. They didn't seem to recognize that it is part of the Obama
Raddatz favored Biden 40% to Ryan 25%.
A vice presidential debate analysis from a conservative media watchdog group found that debate moderator and ABC correspondent Martha Raddatz asked
19 pro-Obama questions Thursday night, but just 12 skewed Republican, a 40 percent to 25 percent margin. "Any moderator whose
weighted questions favor liberals over conservatives by a 19-12 margin is biased," charged Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center.
the Numbers: Moderator Raddatz Attacked Ryan 9 Times, Biden Once. Liberals are more pleased with moderator Martha
Raddatz than conservatives are disappointed. And it's easy to see why. Raddatz allowed Joe Biden to interrupt Paul
Ryan repeatedly during the Vice Presidential debate, and interrupted Ryan herself, while posing questions that were radically in
favor of the Obama team. Ryan overcame Raddatz's bias and won the debate regardless, leaving less for conservatives to
Raddatz Visited Biden at His Residence in
March. White House records reveal that the moderator of last night's vice presidential debate, Martha Raddatz, visited Vice President
Joe Biden at his official residence on March 26, 2012. Raddatz is an employee of ABC News.
Obama: 'Could Not Be Prouder' of Joe Biden.
President Barack Obama says he "could not be prouder" of Vice President Joe Biden's debate performance.
By all means, Barry, let him get started today!
Biden would make 'superb' president. President Barack Obama said Joe Biden would make a "superb" president, but questioned
whether his vice president or potential rival Hillary Clinton would want to endure another campaign
for the White House, a media report Monday said. Obama, in an interview with the New Yorker, said
Biden "has seen the job up close, he knows what the job entails. He understands how to separate
what's really important from what's less important. I think he's got great people skills. He
enjoys politics, and he's got important relationships up on the Hill (in Congress) that would serve him well."
Examples of pro-Obama favoritism in the press
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It pays to be obsequious
Reporters are welcome to travel on Obama's private jet as long
as they have pleasant things to say about him. If they
aren't subservient to Obama, suddenly there's no room on the plane!
plane. Obama spokesman Bill Burton confirms Drudge's report that two right-leaning
papers, the Washington Times and the New York Post, have lost their seats on the Obama plane,
along with the Dallas Morning News.
Campaign Gives Washington Times the Boot. In what could be seen as a disturbing sign for
the future, the Barack Obama presidential campaign has blocked the Washington Times newspaper from
traveling with the Democratic nominee in the final days of the election.
Times to fly commercial for Obama finale. The Washington Times plans to fly commercial to
cover the Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama in the final days of his campaign, and will be
in Chicago for Election Day coverage. The Washington Times, which has covered the Barack Obama
campaign from the start, was kicked off the Democrat's campaign plane for the final 72 hours of
the race. The Obama campaign informed the newspaper Thursday evening of its decision, which came
two days after The Times editorial page endorsed Senator John McCain over Mr. Obama.
You don't endorse me? You're off the plane! A lot of talk this morning about Barack Obama's
plane and a decision to boot reporters from the New York Post, Dallas Morning News and the Washington Times
from traveling on O-Force One. The campaign says it's due to lack of space. But many others see
something else. ... These news outlets all endorsed John McCain.
Nixonesque Move from Team Obama. Team Obama veered off message yesterday [10/31/2008], kicking off
the campaign bus reporters from three newspapers deemed unfriendly to the campaign — The New York Post,
The Dallas Morning News and The Washington Times. This is bipartisanship? The move is utterly at odds
with a central part of Obama's message: the idea that he's a different kind of candidate — one
who won't demonize opponents or critics, but will instead work hard to bring people together.
Press plane ejection fits in
pattern. Reporter Christina Bellantoni of The Washington Times will be kicked off of Barack Obama's
campaign plane starting Nov. 2, making it much more difficult to cover the candidate during the critical final
days of the election. The Obama campaign insists that politics had nothing to do with it. We note that
all three newspapers that had reporters booted from the plane — The Times, the New York Post and the
Dallas Morning News -- endorsed John McCain. An Obama spokesman insists that it is just a coincidence.
Air Obama's not-so-friendly skies. The
skies haven't been so friendly on Air Obama after the campaign decided on Thursday to pull the seats for reporters from
The Washington Times, New York Post and Dallas Morning News — all papers that endorsed John
McCain — after Saturday [11/1/2008].
The Editor says...
Who would want to fly on Obama's plane anyway? From what I've read,
Seeing How The
Other Half Lives: The McCain campaign plane is better than Obama's, which is
cramped, uncomfortable and smells terrible most of the time. Somehow the McCain folks
manage to keep their charter clean, even where the press is seated.
Obama Campaign Turns on Media. If
Obama can afford millions of dollars for a 30-minute multi-network infomercial, he certainly can afford to
rent another jet for four days to accommodate more media. No, this isn't about space. It's about
A defeat -- and yet, all is
not lost. American conservatives can celebrate one historic triumph: The performance
of the New Media in this election. We can't lose sight of the fact that the New Media managed to
expose Obama and his lifelong network. We did the job of real journalism. Any American
who wanted to know the truth was able to find it out with a few clicks on a keyboard. That
is real journalism, not the phony imitation from the Old Media and its camp followers. There is
no secret any longer about the ideology of these people, or about their close alliances with Islamic
radicals, destructive Leftist billionaires and Saudi influence buyers. There is no doubt about
their deep and entrenched roots in the Chicago Machine. Chicago Mayor Daley is on the transition
team, and Chicago hardball pol Rahm Emanuel is the White House Chief of Staff. This is the dream
team of demagogues like J-Wright, Bill Ayers, Louis Farrakhan, and our sworn enemies abroad. About
half the voters know it, and they will not forget it.
Obama's Enemies List.
In the final days of the campaign, three newspapers that had endorsed McCain were booted from the Obama
campaign bus. The New York Post, Dallas Morning News, and Washington Times
were unceremoniously shown the door only days after their papers' endorsements appeared. Obama campaign
officials claimed the move was to make room for more important media outlets: Jet and Ebony
entertainment magazines. Both publications were publishing fawning coverage of Obama. Those
heartened by the hope that a President Obama would be more tolerant of critics and criticism than a candidate
Obama had their expectations dashed.
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