Sen. Joe Biden VP Running Mate with Obama – August 22, 2008
Fox announced Friday night at about 11:45 p.m. CT that Barack Obama chose Sen. Joe Biden to be his running mate. Biden is remembered for his “mouth” problems, recently saying the following about Barack Obama:
“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.”
Huh? Is he saying that there has never been an African-American who is articulate, or bright, clean, or nice-looking, or all of these? How insulting to other African-American politicians, and all African-Americans. Well, he apologized and Obama accepted, obviously.
During a conversation with an Indian-American political activist, Biden said:
“In Delaware, the largest growth of population is Indian-Americans, moving from India. You cannot go to a 7/11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.”
In 2002, he supported going to war in Iraq. After the deed was done, he was against it. He opposed the troop surge, but wanted to continue military operations agsinst Al-Qaeda and other insurgents in Anbar Province. It doesn’t seem right to support going to war in Iraq, as did many other Democrats, and then criticizing Bush after he did it. It’s like saying, “Yea, yea, do it.” And then when you do it, “Shame on you for doing that.” Watch Biden from now on to catch future gaffes. They are always interesting and entertaining.
The Chicago Tribune announced online Obama’s choice of Joe Biden and gave us a little background on Biden.
“For Biden, 65, the choice amounts to something like a political resurrection, one that took nothing less than 20 years, and one that has seen him evolve from firebrand to party statesman.
Buried for dead as a national candidate for office after a plagiarism scandal forced his exit from the presidential race in 1988…
His inclination to speak his mind, regardless of the talking points, could pose a hazard down the line if and when Biden departs from the script. And with 35 years in the Senate, his presence on the ticket does nothing for Obama’s contention that his presidential bid marks a new era in American politics.
He has proven to be a reliable moderate on crime issues–particularly where narcotics are concerned–and was a principal author of the 1994 crime bill that placed 100,000 more police officers on the streets through a federal grant program. That bill also expanded the reach of the federal death penalty.”
One of his three children, a son, Hunter, age 38, is a Washington lobbyist. I seem to remember Obama declaring war on lobbyists in the early days of his campaign. He vowed never to take money from one, even though he reportedly has. He spoke of lobbyists as if they were criminals, even though the Constitution guarantees citizens access to their representatives to plead their cause.
Obama trounced McCain for being older, yet selected Biden at age 65. Obama spoke negatively about lobbyists, yet selected Biden whose son is a Washington lobbyist. When Obama speaks off-script or without the aid of a monitor, he talks himself into a mess, and the same holds true of Biden. Here, Obama has doubled his trouble. Obama gives long boring answers and speeches, as evidenced by his performance at Saddleback Church fielding questions from Pastor Rick Warren. Biden “has a penchant for extended and embellished oratory – delivered in a manner that could have listeners glancing at their watches.” Chicago Tribune Online In his 1988 bid for president, Biden was asked by a reporter about his law school record, to which he embellished his record quite a bit. He was later called on it and had to correct the record.
For more Biden gaffes visit: http://weblog.signonsandiego.com/weblogs/afb/archives/026777.html
There is no more time to do nothing.