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Where Am I? Why Am I Here?

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 9:57 pm

Joe Biden always says what he means and means what he says. Unfortunately, in this clip he said (and meant) that he was in Iowa . . . when he was actually in Ohio:

Thanks to Steve57, who notes Biden has been in Ohio for three days. And thanks to DRJ for this clip, which has Obama in Colorado, but apparently thinking he’s . . . in China:

Things have to be getting tough on the campaign trail when you can’t even figure out what continent you’re on.


  1. To be fair to Joe – it appeared he was intently + dutifully reading his teleprompter like the campaign ordered so he wouldn’t go off-message and make so many idiotic gaffes – check it out – I think it was rather the teleprompter that had it wrong! Poor Joe, he’s so stupid he just kept on reading! So it’s not that he’s so dumb he doesn’t know who where he is – it’s just that he’s REALLY, REALLY STUPID (they don’t call him ‘Slow Joe Biden’ for nothing!)

    Comment by Steven W. (908822) — 10/24/2012 @ 10:28 pm

  2. I don’t know what it is with high profile Democrats and their problems with geography.

    John Kerry, who gets a dishonorable mention on this thread tonight, thought he spent a Christmas in Cambodia.

    The other members of his crew knew they were still in Vietnam.

    Comment by Steve57 (c8ac21) — 10/24/2012 @ 10:29 pm

  3. To be fair to Biden, Steven W, it could be that whoever taught Obama how to spell OIHO was operating Biden’s teleprompter.

    I could see someone having momentary trouble trying to figure out what the hell “IOHO” is supposed to mean when it crosses the screen.

    Comment by Steve57 (c8ac21) — 10/24/2012 @ 10:42 pm

  4. When they make the inevitable Obama movie, I really think Will Ferrell should get to play Joe Biden.

    Comment by Dustin (73fead) — 10/24/2012 @ 10:51 pm

  5. “When they make the inevitable Obama movie…”

    What, you mean like maybe a Zucker Brothers sort of thing?

    Comment by Gojira, King of Monsters (5a9950) — 10/24/2012 @ 11:03 pm

  6. The good part is that they at least know what planet they’re on.
    The bad part is it’s ours.

    Comment by AD-Restore the Republic/Obama Sucks! (2bb434) — 10/24/2012 @ 11:10 pm

  7. Can you imagine the big deal the MSM would try to make of this if it had been either Romney or Ryan?

    Comment by Bill M (2f7437) — 10/24/2012 @ 11:12 pm

  8. From a popular vote prospect this election is over and Romney has won it. The question now is electoral votes. It is pretty easy to explain how Romney will get at least a 5 point popular vote victory. First, Obama won by only 7 points in 2008 with a 7 point turnout advantage.

    Most importantly, Romney is taking 15% of Democrats in polling where McCain took only 10%. So if you take 5 points away from Obama and add 5 points to Romney (for a total change of 10 points), that reduces the spread from Obama +7 to Obama -3. Now take the turnout advantage from +7 down to +5 (which I believe is generous to the Democrats) and you are now at Obama -5 (or Romney +5).

    That 5 point shift in Democrats is why we can have D+9 polls showing Obama up only +1 or tied. If you drill down into the numbers, the landscape is pretty bleak. Obama is down 14 points among black Americans, down 15 points among latinos, down 10 points among young Americans, the gender gap with women has reduced to single digits or disappeared.

    Party registrations for Democrats nationally have tanked. In 2012 only 10% of the new Democrats registered to vote that we saw in 2008. Republican registrations were, earlier this summer, running 200% of 2008 and independents 400%. Things look bad any way you slice it for Obama.

    A couple of weeks ago there was a poll out that showed a 23 point swing between September and October away from Obama to Romney in CALIFORNIA among independents. Obama’s lead in California might turn out to be in the high single digits (8 or 9 points).

    From a popular vote perspective, it’s over. Obama has lost. Now we are just looking to see how bad it will be.

    Comment by crosspatch (6adcc9) — 10/24/2012 @ 11:20 pm

  9. The actual quote was “Who am I? Why am I here?”

    Comment by Kevin M (bf8ad7) — 10/24/2012 @ 11:31 pm

  10. Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!

    Comment by daleyrocks (bf33e9) — 10/24/2012 @ 11:34 pm

  11. Comment by daleyrocks — 10/24/2012 @ 11:34 pm

    Cough! Gag! Retch! Puke! Ralphhhhhh! BUICKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK!

    Comment by peedoffamerican (1c60b5) — 10/25/2012 @ 12:12 am

  12. 4. 4.When they make the inevitable Obama movie, I really think Will Ferrell should get to play Joe Biden.

    Comment by Dustin — 10/24/2012 @ 10:51 pm

    Naw, Bill Murray should get the role. All he’d have to do is revive his role as the groundskeeper in Caddyshack, with a few minor updates, and he’d have Biden nailed.

    Comment by Steve57 (c8ac21) — 10/25/2012 @ 3:21 am

  13. Yes, Admiral Stockdales’s comment. He was using a military instructors opening before a non-military audience and it backfired.

    Comment by Michael M. Keohane (cca8f0) — 10/25/2012 @ 3:48 am

  14. Considering the constant accusations against GW Bush for being dumb and inarticulate, as well as against Palin (remember this NYT hit – The Wild Wordsmith of Wasilla), it seems to me that Biden has given the world far more to work with but because he’s handled with kid gloves and given cover by the MSM, this is just Joe being Joe.

    I don’t know about any of you, but just Joe being Joe while one seat away from the presidency, does not give me any sense of comfort or security. Can you imagine him in the actual seat and receiving a direct threat of attack from say, North Korea, and mixing it up with South Korea?

    Comment by Dana (292dcf) — 10/25/2012 @ 7:48 am

  15. Is this the same Joe Biden who was filmed telling Katie Couric that when the stock market crashed in 1929, President Roosevelt went on television to attempt to calm the fears of the American people ?

    And is that the same Barack Obama who told George Stephanopolous that his Muslim faith is important to him ?

    Comment by Elephant Stone (65d289) — 10/25/2012 @ 8:08 am

  16. ________________________________________

    given cover by the MSM,

    The blatancy of just how two-faced and hypocritical the media are — of just how absurd their double standards are — regarding Biden compared with any other politician who’s not liberal (eg, Palin, Bush, Quayle) is ludicrously extreme even for them.

    when the stock market crashed in 1929,

    A gaffe within a gaffe, because FDR wasn’t even president in 1929. Herbert Hoover was—who, by the way, was a tax-and-spend Republican (or a philosophical predecessor to Roosevelt), and hardly a libertarian, survival-of-the-fittest conservative.

    Comment by Mark (4de17c) — 10/25/2012 @ 8:21 am

  17. It is hilarious that Obama has done so much damage to the Democrat brand, and discredited so many of their favorite issues.

    Comment by SPQR (0af796) — 10/25/2012 @ 8:26 am

  18. Everybody knows that they’re nowhere.

    Comment by Icy (95da7f) — 10/25/2012 @ 8:40 am

  19. R.I.P. Judge Betty Binns Fletcher, considered a liberal stalwart of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for decades, died Monday in Seattle. She was 89.
    – Reported without further comment, except to remind everyone that she was appointed to the court 33 years ago by Jimmy Carter, and that elections matter.

    Comment by Icy (95da7f) — 10/25/2012 @ 8:50 am

  20. It is hilarious that Obama has done so much damage to the Democrat brand, and discredited so many of their favorite issues.

    Oh, I wouldn’t give him all the credit. It was bound to happen eventually. He just made a particularly smarmy ass of himself while doing it.

    Comment by Rob Crawford (c55962) — 10/25/2012 @ 8:52 am

  21. Quit yer shuckin and jivin racists

    Comment by JD (8a1df4) — 10/25/2012 @ 9:06 am

  22. JD, that was racist….you racially racial racist…

    Comment by reff (4dcda2) — 10/25/2012 @ 9:47 am

  23. Yes, Admiral Stockdales’s comment. He was using a military instructors opening before a non-military audience and it backfired.

    Actually, Stockdale did OK in the debate for a while, but was overmatched in the end. The opening comment was well received when he said it — everyone in the crowd was thinking the same thing — but failed utterly when shown as a soundbite.

    Comment by Kevin M (bf8ad7) — 10/25/2012 @ 10:24 am

  24. ‘Those words you are using’

    Comment by narciso (ee31f1) — 10/25/2012 @ 10:27 am

  25. Hey! Give Joe a break – he is getting old and he is a Democrat – at least he knew what country he was in. Kerry not only got the country wrong, he got the president wrong. he was talking about December 1972 and Nixon did not take office until 1973. Dates, times, places & facts seem to give Democrats trouble. Remember Hilary Clinton claiming to have been named after the mountain climber – he climbed Mt. Everest years after she was born?

    Comment by Michael M. Keohane (cca8f0) — 10/25/2012 @ 10:32 am

  26. It seems like just yesterday the media was writing off the “Republican brand.” It seemed like such child’s play for Obama to shine in the aftermath of the W.

    The books that come out of this failure should be fascinating.

    Comment by Kevin M (bf8ad7) — 10/25/2012 @ 10:33 am

  27. JD #21 – hopefully, on November 6, 2012, this country will vote to quit its “shuckin and jivin racists” and elect Mitt Romney as President, instead …

    Comment by Alasdair (2cd241) — 10/25/2012 @ 10:34 am

  28. But remember, it was Dan Quayle who was the joke, the dumb one.


    “The books that come out of this failure should be fascinating.

    Comment by Kevin M — 10/25/2012 @ 10:33 am ”

    Quite so.

    Comment by kinlaw (2fb87c) — 10/25/2012 @ 2:38 pm

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