President Barack H. Obama

Note:  You might want to start at the Barack Obama Index Page, especially if you arrived here by using a search engine.

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 trumps principle.

Feinting Right.  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.

Obama, 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.

The Alinsky 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.

Obama backs 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.

Going 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 record shows.

Barack 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.

Obama's Born-Alive 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."

Obama Scrubs 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?

Barack's 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."

Barack 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. … And since 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.

Barack's 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. … The 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.

Obama 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.

Obama 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 education plans.

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.

Obama says 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.

Tacking to 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 jitsu. … 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.

Obama 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 trade policies.

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?

Meet 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".

How 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 politically convenient.

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.

Liberals Livid 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.

The Mendacity 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.

Can Barack 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.

Barack 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.

The flip-flop 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 caseload reduction.

Obama's 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.

Pretzel 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.

Obama, Adrift.  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.

Obama's Leftist 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.

Obama's 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.

The Last 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...
Barack 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.

Flipping and 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.

Is his 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 was cashiered.

Lurching 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.

Obama 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 corps.

Biden's 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.

Barack's Obama-isms:  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.

Obama 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.'"

Obama emotionally 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 fallen soldier).

Barack 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.

Obama's 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 "O" symbol.

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.

Barack Potatoe 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? … This scenario is very real, except it isn't McCain.  It's the other fellow.

Who Is 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.

Obama's 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 said….

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I guess he understands demand, but not supply.

Obama 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 the pump.

Obama 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," Obama said.

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."

Give 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 results."

Obama 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.

Updated 8/19/2012:
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, hypocrisy, obfuscation, the Fast and Furious scandal, Obama's demonstrably fraudulent birth certificate, or the intermittent clamor for Obama's impeachment.

Joe 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.

Trash-talking veep's 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.

More 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.

Biden 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.

Biden 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.

Joe 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.

Biden 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.

Now, 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.

Obama 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."

Nine 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.

Biden quotes 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.")

Biden's 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?

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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.

Ex-Obama pal 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.

Biden 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.

Artur 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.

Biden: '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.

Spinning 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 BidenÕs offensive claim that Republicans want to enslave black Americans has become such a concern to the Obama White House that the veepÕs 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 wraps.

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.

Joe 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.

Biden's 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.

Biden: '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.

The Never-Ending 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.

Dos 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.

Biden: 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.

Biden: 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" … The 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.

It's 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.

Why 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.

Biden 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.

Why 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.

Obama's Selection 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.

Biden 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."

Joe 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.

The 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 Joe's whoppers.

The Lies 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.

Bozo Biden's 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 media bias.

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?

Biden Benefits 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.

Liberals 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."

A 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.

Democrats 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.

When 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.

This is an original compilation, Copyright © 2013 by Andrew K. Dart

Post-election gaffes
on the part of Vice-President Biden

How 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.

Controversial book 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.

Biden 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.

Joe 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.

In 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."

Biden Reveals 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?

Biden 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.

Biden 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 making sense.

Biden 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.

Joe 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.

Will 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?

Biden's 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.

Biden's Big Mouth Bites Russia.  Obama cannot afford his second in command making unpredictable and disparaging remarks.

Where's 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.

Joe 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.

He 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.

VP 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.

The New "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."

Oops! 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 travel plans.

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?

Pro-Abort 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 same-sex marriage.

Another 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.

Joe 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.

Gaffe-tastic 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 false. [..."]

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.

Fox's Dr. 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.

Cheney "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 Mediaite.

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.

More 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.

Joe 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).

Damage 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.

Biden: '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 demeanor "unprecedented."

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.

Biden 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 lifetimes.

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.

Biden [...] 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 RyanFox 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 campaign's strategy.

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.

By 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 complain about.

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!
Obama: 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."




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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!

Off the 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.

Obama 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.

Washington 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.

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.

A 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, it stinks!

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 punishment.

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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