In our last list of Bidenisms in November, the veep had just lectured former Human Events editor Jason Mattera, saying, ‚??Let‚??s get it straight, guy. Don‚??t screw around with me.‚?Ě Here, then, are more recent examples of Biden bombs, bungles, and blunders.
1. Gay marriage surprise
From President Obama‚??s perspective, his second-in-command‚??s biggest goof was endorsing gay marriage, causing the president to change his own ‚??evolving‚?Ě position in the heat of a reelection campaign. ‚??He probably got out a little over his skis,‚?Ě the president said about Biden‚??s statement coming out in favor of same-sex marriage, while undoubtedly wondering why he chose the Delaware senator in the first place.
2. Best in 500 years
Biden is known for his penchant to exaggerate but his historical analysis of the Osama bin Laden killing mission was a bit too much for even the fast-talking politician. ‚??You can go back 500 years. You cannot find a more audacious plan,‚?Ě the Delaware Doofus said. Well, Mr. Vice President, how about the World War II D-Day invasion or Gen. Douglas MacArthur‚??s daring Inchon maneuver? Or Robert E. Lee bringing the Civil War to Gettysburg? Or George Washington crossing the Delaware?
3. Never had a ‚??real job‚??
Straight-talkin‚?? Joe can verbally stumble onto deep truths as he prattles. Here, speaking at an April Democratic fundraiser in Chicago, he gives an incredibly insightful and revealing view of his own career: ‚??I never had an interest in being a mayor ‚??cause that‚??s a real job. You have to produce. That‚??s why I was able to be a senator for 36 years.‚?Ě
4. ‚??You pay me a lot of money‚??
While campaigning in Keene, N.H., last month, Biden explained his unusual personal finance strategy: ‚??I don‚??t have a saving account, don‚??t have any stocks or bonds ‚?¶ So, I just kept buying up houses. And I have a beautiful home and you pay me a lot of money.‚?Ě Yes, we do, Mr. Vice President. Regrettably so.
5. Patriotic taxpaying
On the campaign trail in New Hampshire in April, Biden elevated the class-warfare canard as a standard to measure patriotism. ‚??Wealthy people are just as patriotic as middle-class people, as poor people, and they know they should be doing more,‚?Ě Biden said. Of course, that is just another way of saying ‚??income redistribution.‚?Ě
6. Obama bin Biden
Biden told a group of House Democrats in January that he advised President Obama not to pull the trigger on Osama bin Laden when Special Forces were awaiting approval for the Abbottabad raid. ‚??Mr. President, my suggestion is don‚??t go,‚?Ě Biden said, recalling his counsel to the commander in chief. To his credit, Obama is now apparently employing the ‚??do-the-opposite‚?Ě rule in regard to advice from his vice president.
7. Fracking quakes
It is not quite on the same level as actor Danny Glover‚??s blaming the Haiti earthquake on global warming, but the vice president came close by suggesting that fracking causes earthquakes. The really damaging issue is the administration‚??s energy policy and why the Environmental Protection Agency is putting up roadblocks to developing the nation‚??s energy resources, including the fracking boom, which is spurring economic growth in several states.
8. ‚??Per se‚??
The first rule of warfare is to know who the enemy is. Someone should tell that to the vice president. In an interview with Newsweek, Biden said, ‚??Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.‚?Ě That assertion might come as a surprise to U.S. troops who have been battling the Afghan militants for more than a decade after Sept. 11, 2001.
9. Totally unprepared
Perhaps the most astute analysis of the vice president‚??s time in office came from none other than Osama bin Laden. Osama sent a letter to an al Qaeda terrorist with a plan to form a hit squad to kill President Obama. But bin Laden said that Biden should be spared because he is ‚??totally unprepared‚?Ě for the presidency which would ‚??lead the U.S. into a crisis.‚?Ě
10. Baby talk
While giving a campaign speech, Biden paused to address a crying baby, saying, ‚??You‚??re going to pay for Romney‚??s tax cuts.‚?Ě (Let us look beyond whether bringing a baby to a Biden speech constitutes child abuse.) Even a child should realize that it is so much easier to pay for tax cuts that spur the economy than to continue paying for the out-of-control spending of the Obama/Biden administration.