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Biden Quote of the Day

Filed under: Obama — DRJ @ 2:23 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Time Magazine has excerpted portions of Obama campaign manager David Plouffe’s new book and it includes Joe Biden quotes. However, for once, the notable quote isn’t by Biden — it’s about him:

“The [first] meeting started with Biden launching into a nearly 20-minute monologue that ranged from the strength of our campaign in Iowa (”I literally wouldn’t have run if I knew the steamroller you guys would put together”); to his evolving views of Obama (”I wasn’t sure about him in the beginning of the campaign, but I am now”); why he didn’t want to be VP (”The last thing I should do is VP; after 36 years of being the top dog, it will be hard to be No. 2″); why he was a good choice (”But I would be a good soldier and could provide real value, domestically and internationally”); and everything else under the sun. Ax and I couldn’t get a word in edgewise. It confirmed what we suspected: this dog could not be taught new tricks. But the conversation also confirmed our positive assumptions: his firm grasp of issues, his blue collar sensibilities and the fact that while he would readily accept the VP slot if offered, he was not pining for it.”

H/T Toby Harnden, whose 5-word conclusion on this quote is also priceless.


22 Responses to “Biden Quote of the Day”

  1. Dumbest Vice President in American history.

    Without a doubt.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  2. Every joker needs a straight man.

    You all pick which is which.

    em (11cf60)

  3. Karl Rove’s quote on Biden is still my favorite: “He has an odd combination of longevity and long-windedness that passes for wisdom in Washington.”

    JVW (d32e06)

  4. Didn’t Mrs Biden blurt out at some stage that he had his pick of VP or State? I remember thinking at the time, he would always pick VP as it is the perfect job for the man that embodies the Peter principle.
    Joe Biden; he’s got nothing to say and takes all day to do it.

    Gazzer (3bd236)

  5. One thing that Obama seems to have ignored, and might come back someday to bite him. Joe Biden cannot be trusted. He told Clarence Thomas that his hearings would be a snap. He told Bork that he would vote for him. Biden seems to agree with the last person smarter than he is that he talked to. Given the circumstances, that could be almost anyone. One of those foreign leaders, like Putin maybe, will take him at his word. Then the fat will be in the fire.

    Mike K (2cf494)

  6. A very good point, Mike K.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  7. If Winnie were still around, I’m sure he would think of Biden pretty much as he did of Clement Atlee.

    AD - RtR/OS! (c561b5)

  8. Mike K, can’t you just see Biden making some rash promise to some world leader that Obama has to cancel, and Obama explaining it away by saying, “Well, everyone knows that promises from Joe aren’t operative.”

    JVW (d32e06)

  9. JVW, coming from Obama that would be quite rich…

    Gazzer (3bd236)

  10. Speaking of Time, what about the Newsweek cover a week or two ago? “Why Joe Is No Joke”. I almost burst out laughing in the checkout aisle!

    Born Free (f32cb5)

  11. As much as I despise Obama as president, please, please do not let anything happen to him. The thought of Biden as president is too scary to contemplate.

    MU789 (897b57)

  12. Newsweek would present itself with more gravitas if they started putting Alfred E. Neumann on the cover.

    AD - RtR/OS! (c561b5)

  13. Biden is life insurance and anti-impeachment insurance.

    Huey (b957d9)

  14. Mike K…that gem is priceless. Also, the comments are not very friendly to Slow-Joe and his vaunted world-view.
    You just have to wonder who was ahead of Joe on that short-list?

    AD - RtR/OS! (c561b5)

  15. Was that a “short-list”? or a “short-bus list”?

    Icy Texan (a6752a)

  16. o was looking for someone dumber than he is and found one.

    o gets a lot of credit for being smart, but, he is just a great reader. Great readers can sound intelligent.

    Jim (798ab8)

  17. Joe Biden — the Dumb Blonde of the Senate.


    furious (b6aff2)

  18. I dont think it is right to criticize the vice president like this.

    Everyone has their issues.


    Hostel booking (e9c718)

  19. Criticize?
    Hell, these were compliments!

    AD - RtR/OS! (a63966)

  20. Yeah! I mean, just think: If he wasn’t a gaffe-o-matic dork, we wouldn’t be paying any attention to him at all.

    Icy Texan (208688)

  21. ASHISH THAKKAR from HB sez:

    I dont think it is right to criticize the vice president like this.

    I don’t think so either, ASHISH. I don’t think anyone here so far is doing him justice as the utterly inane, incompetent, slack-jawed, witless, petty criminal wannabe that he is.

    But feel free to jump right on in!

    This is, after all (compared to where you are likely to be posting from) is a relatively free country!

    EW1(SG) (edc268)

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