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2/17/2015

The Inappropriateness Of Joe Biden

Filed under: General — Dana @ 9:40 pm



[guest post by Dana]

Once again, Joe Biden behaved in an overly-familiar way with a woman who was not Dr. Jill Biden. This time, the wife of newly appointed Defense Secretary Ash Carter had the unfortunate luck of drawing the short straw:

As Carter began speaking, Biden beckoned Stephanie Carter from across the room, then put both hands on her shoulders. They lingered there for roughly 20 seconds until Biden leaned in and whispered in her ear.

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This is not Biden’s first time getting too close to a woman other than his wife. As he possessively put both hands on Mrs. Carter’s shoulders while standing very close to her backside, one wonders just what was so urgent that he had to lean in like that and whisper in her ear? I’ll tell you what: nothing. Absolutely nothing. And when one considers the Democrat’s caterwauling about the raging war on women, you’d think his boss would personally put the kibosh on the questionable behavior by his Vice-President toward binders full of women, lest anyone perceive these actions an abuse of power.

–Dana

94 Responses to “The Inappropriateness Of Joe Biden”

  1. Helloooooooooo

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  2. They won, Dana. Who is this Carter guy, anyway?

    nk (dbc370)

  3. She doesn’t look very comfortable. Her husband is forced to sit there and take it. Even Bill Clinton knows to get them in a private room.

    AZ Bob (34bb80)

  4. “Would you like to see something swell?”

    – Joe Biden

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  5. “There are 206 bones in the human body. Would you like another one?”

    – Joe Biden

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  6. She doesn’t look very comfortable. Her husband is forced to sit there and take it.

    That makes sense. Dominance. Carter going belly up and admitting who’s top dog. He may have written a paper in 2006 advocating the use of force to keep Iran from getting nukes, and that may have allowed the Gay Old Party to confirm him, but now when Obama says “Sit up and bark” he will.

    nk (dbc370)

  7. “Mind if I make some soup with your panties?”

    – Joe Biden

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  8. “Call me dangerous, but I’m not wearing any Depends. ”

    – Joe Biden

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  9. “Did it hurt?… when you fell from heaven?”

    – Joe Biden

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  10. “You’ve had something on your ass all night. My eyes.”

    – Joe Biden

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  11. “Hey baby, how about gettin’ up on a high horse?”
    –Joe Biden

    AZ Bob (34bb80)

  12. Curse you, Col (and AZ bob) for making me laugh so hard in the middle of my anger at Biden.

    Dana (8e74ce)

  13. What time of day was this? Could he have been in need of something to steady himself?

    The C-Span cameraperson zoomed in on the SecDef to get Biden’s creepy face and hands out of the shot.

    Does Biden have any kind of long and close personal pre-existing relationship with the new SecDef or his wife?

    I so hope Biden will run in the Dem primary against Billary.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  14. Was saliva exchanged? I thought I saw his snake tongue flick out and lick her ear.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  15. That comment was out of line. Right at the beginning of the UK video Mrs. Carter enters stage left.
    This means there were goings on and doings preceeding her arrival that she could have been but didn’t want to be a part of.
    That suggests to me she is uncomfortable with the spotlight. Totally understandable. I have a healthy dollop of that myself.

    Joe was talking her through the jitters. That’s my final call. And I’ve been capping on him all day.
    I didn’t see a video of the non incident before.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  16. “psst want to honk my honker?”

    “Can I honk yours?”

    We have a Muslim anti-American as President and a serial dope groper as

    VP.

    Yet we can’t find the nerve to impeach anyone or send anyone to jail for
    violating the law or letting the US be inundated by freeloading invaders.

    jakee308 (f0aa61)

  17. At least Stephanie Carter is a bit closer to Biden’s age than Maggie Coons is—or what I believe was mentioned in this blog several weeks ago:

    dailycaller.com, January 11, 2015: “He was being Joe.”

    That was the explanation from Sen. Chris Coons after his 13-year-old daughter Maggie became a beltway sensation after snubbing a kiss from Vice President Joe Biden during the Delaware Senator’s swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday.

    Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” Coons could not escape without being the topic brought up by host Chris Wallace after the two discussed the Keystone XL pipeline alongside Sen. John Hoeven.

    “You were sworn in for a term this week, and this video went viral of Joe Biden whispering in your daughter Maggie’s ear and then giving her a kiss. A lot of people thought she looked very uncomfortable,” Wallace said. “And, I have to ask because a lot of people have been speculating about it, does she think the vice president is creepy?” Wallace asked Coons.

    “No,” said a laughing Coons. “She doesn’t think the vice president is creepy…”

    Meanwhile, in the world of Slow Joe’s boss:

    weaselzippers.us, February 15: Yesterday, we brought you the multiple Twitter posts from the DNC, Michelle Obama and the White House accounts, posting Valentines Day pictures of Barack and Michelle Obama. Well, of course, as with most things with this regime, these pictures failed to mention that the President was actually away, and did not spend the holiday with Michelle.

    According to the Daily Mail:

    Obama traveled to Southern California without his wife, Michelle, or their daughters, Malia and Sasha on Thursday. There was no word from the White House on how the first lady was spending the weekend.

    Obama arrived in the desert resort area of Palm Springs on Saturday morning after a short flight from San Francisco and went straight to the golf course on the grounds of the Sunnylands retreat in nearby Rancho Mirage. He played several rounds on the nine-hole course with Bobby Titcomb and Greg Orme, childhood friends from Hawaii who flew in to meet the president.

    Titcomb, by the way, is the retired airline attendant who got arrested a few years ago for soliciting a hooker in Hawaii.

    At this time in the US’s history, a hint of Nero, a hint of Caligula come to mind.

    Mark (c160ec)

  18. Play “Switch the Party” on this one. Can you imagine the faux ‘outrage’ of ‘feminists’ everywhere if the VP had an “R” after his name? The NY Slimes would be foaming at the mouth; the WA Post would huff ‘n’ puff and declare that never had such a thing been seen before and he must be held accountable; the LA Times would be totally lost since that’s really more like a Hollywood kinda thing; and who knows how many other ‘papers of record’ would practically swoon. But with the magic “D”, it’s all good.

    Bill M (906260)

  19. obviously, the DOD needs to increase its SHARP training norms…

    😎

    redc1c4 (2b3c9e)

  20. “Sex is not the answer. Sex is the question. Yes is the answer.”

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  21. “Shouldn’t someone break it to your friend that he’s going home alone?”

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  22. Garner had it wrong. The VICE Presidency IS worth more than a Bucket of warm piss. You just have to know how to play your cards.

    Gordon Pasha (5df9d3)

  23. “I’m no Fred Flintstone, but I’ll make yer bedrock.”

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  24. honestly i think getting all wizzled up about shoulder touching ear whispering is the same sort of thinking what drives Kirsten Gillibrand towards ever more lurid rape fantasies

    sometimes a piñata is just a piñata and at some point in your life you just figure if you want candy you can just go buy candy you don’t have to blindfold yourself and beat something with a stick

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  25. that said, you never see Mr. Governor Scott Walker acting like this no sir

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  26. Beldar,

    Whether he has had a prior relationship with the couple or not, the optics are bad, even very bad when you consider how much fire he’s previously come under because of the kind of behavior. He behaves brazenly in the spotlight, putting the women (and their spouses) in a exceedingly uncomfortable position of choice – what are they going to do with all eyes on them, given that he is second in command? And because he holds such a position of power and authority, he cannot and should not be excused, but instead should be held to an even higher standard. He is swearing in her husband, he is the one in the position of power. And he knows it. And they do, too.

    At what point does “Oh, there goes Joe just being Joe” cross over to being a dirty old man?

    Dana (8e74ce)

  27. At this point in the regime’s history does anyone seriously expect appropriate behavior from this Mahdi Mini-Me?

    PPs43 (6fdef4)

  28. Can we say Biden has the … common touch?

    nk (dbc370)

  29. the other day ;

    I recently assisted a young man who was subjected by administrators at his small liberal arts university in Oregon to a month-long investigation into all his campus relationships, seeking information about his possible sexual misconduct in them (an immense invasion of his and his friends’ privacy), and who was ordered to stay away from a fellow student (cutting him off from his housing, his campus job, and educational opportunity) — all because he reminded her of the man who had raped her months before and thousands of miles away. He was found to be completely innocent of any sexual misconduct and was informed of the basis of the complaint against him only by accident and off-hand. But the stay-away order remained in place, and was so broadly drawn up that he was at constant risk of violating it and coming under discipline for that.

    This is the world I live in.

    Sure it’s cool for TalkingPointsMemo to pander to the outsized ego of the estrogenatedwench mob.

    But I’m seeing people who should know better attack an elected official because of the party insignia attached to his name. Biden didn’t do anything wrong with Mrs. Carter, in fact by my lights it’s one of those rare occasions where he did something borderline galant, lending support to a shy person who didn’t sign up to be in the glare of the Washington press.

    Do you want to plant your flag on this particular mole hill, and call it a thing?
    The feminazis sure want to.
    That alone should give you pause.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  30. clearly a duel to defend this poor bewildered lady’s honor would not be out of place and must be scheduled at once

    who will stand for Mr. Carter?

    and for Mr. Biden, who will assert his innocence at 20 paces?

    the event will of course be televised for the edification of the nation please consult your viewing guide

    it also happens that today i googled about the breakfast tea

    you opposed to have them with milk and hearty foozles cause of they are very robust

    in order of robustitude i think they go Irish, Scottish, English, but it totally depends on the blend and there’s no real consistency here you just have to find one you like

    twining’s irish does the trick for me, and should it chance that the duel is scheduled for the morning hours I would suggest it to one and all as the perfect accompaniment

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  31. Biden’s role in this administration is to serve as a kind of life insurance for Obola. Clearly, he’s taking the job seriously. He’s the “good hands” guy.

    bobathome (f208b6)

  32. Papertiger, if this were the only questionable incident coming from Joe Biden, I might agree, but it’s his long history, as a public official, of being inappropriate or downright criminal (remember the double-barreled shotgun advice?) that condemns him.

    PPs43 (6fdef4)

  33. It reminds me of that actress walking though New York trying to draw catcalls. Particularly the one dude who walked along with her for a couple blocks in the “worst” part of town.
    He was the guy everyone pointed at and said, “That guy is creepy”.

    He was escorting the unescorted lady though the creepy part of town. Not hitting on her. Just keeping her safe. But chivalry is such a foreign concept that he ended up being the guy singled out for the most derision.

    Same thing here.

    I saw the other photos of “Vice President Handsey” where he was touching the Chinese dignitary’s kid, and two or three other instances. Even without the context provided by the video in Mrs. Carter’s case, they amounted to a big nothing burger.

    There must be something better to beat Joe with.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  34. i agree with mr. papertiger

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  35. Biden’s fellow senators nicknamed him “slow Joe” as a sign of contempt; not approbation.
    It is not a good sign when a senator is so dim that the others notice it. I could be mistaken of course. Perhaps he just wishes to be “misunderestimated.”

    Bar Sinister (b48c12)

  36. I think it is clearly inappropriate, as so much of what he says and does is. Whether it is a “malevolent” inappropriateness or just the inappropriateness of someone who is unaware and not thoughtful I have no idea. I imagine most of the people who ignore much of his behavior and say, “That’s just Joe being Joe” assume the second and let him get away with it because he is on “their side”.
    I do think that there can be too much made of it. For one thing, if all of his past behavior hasn’t had consequences, it will take something really bad to get any traction.
    And even then, the specific problem would still not be nearly as bad as the fact his level of competence has been rewarded all of these years.
    And third, my goodness, there are bigger problems to face.

    One of which is that the populace that voted for President Obama twice is still out there, and who knows if they won’t elect Hillary, Biden, Warren, or another fresh young upstart like Obama in 2 years.

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  37. “Oh Joe, you old stud, lookie there. Once again you’ve got yourself a hot little piece standing in front of you at a presser. Man, I’m glad I put on the aftershave that Dr. Jill Biden gave me for Christmas. That stuff drives chicks wild. Here, let me just stand behind her — yeah, she’s the perfect height for me. I’ll just put my hands on her shoulders — it’ll come off looking friendly. All those young broads who are so fired up about Hillary are gonna see this and go, ‘Hey, he looks like a really supportive and caring guy. Look at how he protectively and affectionately grasps the shoulders of Carter’s hottie little wife.’ Yeah, that’s it, I’ll probably gain ten points on Hillary just by doing this. OK, now lean in a little bit — god, if this chick would just wear something low-cut I’d have the perfect vantage point to check out her rack. Oh well, let me get a little whiff of her hair. Oooommmm, smells the same as that Harf broad’s hair. They must use the same shampoo. Got to ask them what it is so that I can get some for Dr. Jill Biden. OK, this Carter guy is kind of droning on. ISIS yadda yadda this, and Russia yadda yadda that. Whatever. This is the perfect time for me to lean in and whisper something in her ear. Get a good whiff of the perfume. Maybe I’ll say something debonair like, ‘You know, I told Barack to make having a hot wife a requisite part of being Sec Def.’ Yeah, that’ll get her panties moist. OK, now maybe if I just lightly graze her ear with my tongue. . . . “

    JVW (6adc73)

  38. We have a Muslim anti-American as President

    jakee308 (f0aa61) — 2/17/2015 @ 11:59 pm

    You are an idiot.

    I’m sure that the MFM will show this non-stop like they did W rubbing Angela Merkel’s shoulders. Not.

    carlitos (c24ed5)

  39. Because there are bigger things to deal with certainly doesn’t mean we should ignore this. Also, oils any of you married men feel comfortable with a man behaving this way to your wife – especially if that man could effectively see you become unemployed?

    Dana (f6274e)

  40. the hands lingered on her delicate womanly shoulders for nigh on 30 seconds

    RED she screamed RED RED RED THE EFFING SAFE WORD IS RED

    and yet the hands lingered

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  41. Meh. Oils = would…

    Dana (f6274e)

  42. I have no sympathy for Mr. Carter. I do have sympathy for the lady, unless it turns out that she and Biden are friends, in which case it’s a big nothing. Like when I’d invite PTA moms over for a drink telling them “It’s safe, my wife’s home” and they’d say “Darn!”. But that’s a big “unless”.

    nk (dbc370)

  43. I don’t know, carlitos, maybe this time the media has a story that it can’t ignore. Even National Soros Radio is covering it:

    For a few seconds, Biden put both hands on Carter’s wife. It was reminiscent of what President George W. Bush did to German Chancellor Angela Merkel. But Biden, then took it a step further, getting really close to whisper something in her ear.

    [. . . ]

    Of course, Biden is known for things such as this. Remember, that’s why The Onion has parodied Biden as an administration screw-up and boozy womanizer.

    But it’s duly noted that they naturally reminded everyone that Buuuussshhhh!

    JVW (6adc73)

  44. This is not a recent phenomenon with Joe.

    I think it has more to do with this.

    “What are my chances of getting off this table completely normal?” The surgeon told Biden he had a better chance of living—and that that chance was in the 35 to 50 percent range.

    Biden often looks to me as though he was mildly lobotomized, which I have seen again and again in mildly brain injured patients.

    A neurosurgeon even wrote a book about it.

    Here are the author’s five rules for neurosurgery interns:
    1. You “ain’t never” the same when the air hits your brain.
    2. The only minor operation is one that someone else is doing.
    3. If the patient isn’t dead, you can always make him worse if you try hard enough.
    4. One look at the patient is better than a thousand phone calls from the nurse.
    5. Operating on the wrong patient or doing the wrong side of the body makes for a very bad day–always ask the patient what side their pain is on, which leg hurts, which hand is numb.

    Number 1 is about Joe Biden.

    Mike K (90dfdc)

  45. At what point does “Oh, there goes Joe just being Joe” cross over to being a dirty old man?
    And who abuses his position of power in doing so?

    Dana (f6274e)

  46. Dana, I am sure that the left believes that the worst act of a Dem is still better than the best act or a Rep.

    felipe (b5e0f4)

  47. Of a Rep, sheesh!

    felipe (b5e0f4)

  48. He was found to be completely innocent of any sexual misconduct and was informed of the basis of the complaint against him only by accident and off-hand.

    The irony is that such stories can be placed in socio-political settings where sexual predators like Bill Clinton and major enablers such as his wife are bowed to, congratulated and feted.

    As the saying goes, liberalism is a mental illness. It’s the reason that places chock full of left-leaning sentiment are more likely to be very corrupt in various ways and forms.

    Mark (c160ec)

  49. Biden often looks to me as though he was mildly lobotomized, which I have seen again and again in mildly brain injured patients.

    Nah, Mike. That’s just the after-effect of 35 years in the Senate.

    JVW (6adc73)

  50. A dirty old man smoking out in his front yard and ogling the girls going to the tavern in their stilettos and micro minis is one thing; a dirty old man a heartbeat away from the Presidency is another. Hopefully, the Skull and Crossbones Society has agents in place for such a contingency. (And since it’s Biden, likely also in lace.)

    nk (dbc370)

  51. “Gee, your hair smells terrific.”

    Do you work at Subway? Because you just gave me a footlong.

    Are you from Iraq? ‘Cause I like the way you Baghdad ass up.

    Do you have an inhaler? Because you’ve got ass, ma!

    carlitos (c24ed5)

  52. Brain damage. See, now there something. You should run with that.

    The other thing is still a nothing burger.

    Where’s the beef?

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  53. mildly lobotomized …… 35 years in the Senate.

    Tomay-to, Tomah-to, let’s call the whole thing off.

    carlitos (c24ed5)

  54. Hopefully, the Skull and Crossbones Society has agents in place for such a contingency.

    Dunno, nk. My understanding is that as senior surviving member, George H.W. Bush still gives the kill order, and he’s getting kind of mellow and soft in this old age. And that ass John Kerry might intervene on Biden’s behalf again.

    JVW (6adc73)

  55. i think the vp is a duffus. he definitely often crosses the boundaries of what i personally consider to be appropriate public behavior or good taste–both in his speech and action. but he is apparently seen by many as warmly hands-on– a toucher. this issue is not new for him. there are countless pictures of him touching and clutching men, too, which i’d think would make them even more uncomfortable than the girls. but as far as i know none of them, or the husbands, or fathers, or the women or mothers have hauled off and slugged him either. or moved away from him. i suppose part of it is that some people and some nationalities are bigger touchers and are more willing to be touched than others. and some may prefer not to create a scene in public. others pretend to think it’s sweet and charming.

    when a contributor over at lefty talking points memo blog raised the question in an opinion piece ‘why does creepy old uncle joe get a pass from liberals?’she got her head handed to her on a plate and josh marshall had to enter the comment section to defend her.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/–100590?utm_content=bufferf5202&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

    elissa (8749d9)

  56. Scandinavians aren’t big on the touching. I had to learn it from the Italians and Mexicans in high school.

    carlitos (c24ed5)

  57. Sorry, nk – and Greeks!

    carlitos (c24ed5)

  58. Oh jeeze, elissa. I’m sorry to hear about your legal problems. Clearly you are only reading TPM as punishment for some recent misdeed.

    Seriously though, congratulations to Alana Levinson, the author of the TPM piece, for her consistency. It’s nice to hear a leftist admit that they can’t give their side a pass on behavior for which they would excoriate the right, even if the perp has a great record on abortion and free birth control. If only there had been liberals like her during the various Clinton scandals.

    JVW (6adc73)

  59. It was a chapter in both a Sociology and a Psychology course I took in college. Personal space is different cultures. It includes, among other things, talking distance, length and form of handshake, kissing and, of course, the abrazo. There was a time, not long ago, when grown men would walk arm-in-arm in American Anglo-Saxon culture without an implication of unseemly intimacy. Gentlemen still offer their arm to a lady among my circles, again with no implication of amorality.

    nk (dbc370)

  60. Dana,
    IMO
    “Ignoring” and “not making too big of a fuss” are two different things,
    but yeah, I’m not sure where the line is.
    Would I “be fine” with Joe behaving this way with my wife? No.
    But I’m “much less fine” with about 100 things his boss is doing every day, along with a few our repub led Congress is doing as well.
    And I don’t think hands on shoulders in public like this is worth my own physical harm, incarceration, or other consequences down the road.
    This hill is not only one not to die on, but one that if it gets more than a little attention it will be a distraction.

    We all have only a certain amount of indignation to aim every day,
    I guess this may be one of those things we can “divide and conquer” on.

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  61. Now, if it was my wife, and she slapped him, and I got fired,
    I would be fine with that and tell her good job.

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  62. nk – my first time in Argentina was a trip. Beard burn from the kissing.

    I offer a hand to the ladies when they exit a taxi or raised seat, and it doesn’t seem to ruffle too many feathers.

    carlitos (c24ed5)

  63. Personal space is different cultures. It includes, among other things, talking distance, length and form of handshake, kissing and, of course, the abrazo.

    As a certifiable repressed white man I don’t like hugging other men. Never did. Still, I have come to understand that some of my friends of ethnic background are gonna hug me. My friends of English, German, and Nordic stock? No hugging. My friends of Mediterranean background? Hugging. Chinese and Japanese, nope. Indian, yep. Mexican, Central and South American, absolutely.

    And don’t get me started on the insincere bro-hug that is sweeping the nation.

    JVW (887036)

  64. And the Irish hug too. Have no idea about the Scots or the Welsh.

    JVW (887036)

  65. I’ve seen Scots men kiss on the mouth, but only on TV. Cretan men do too, on the mouth — I’ve been a recipient. (They also play the bagpipes. But don’t wear skirts!)

    nk (dbc370)

  66. scots and dutch are not huggers (or drinkers) and the two activities may sometimes go hand i hand, i think.

    elissa (8749d9)

  67. Russians too. When I still watched the Olympics, there’d be 400 lb. wrestlers and weight-lifters congratulating each other with kisses on the mouth. Go ahead, yell “Faggot!”.

    nk (dbc370)

  68. yeah we like our schnaaps and lagavulin but rarely do you see a scots or dutch drunkard.

    elissa (8749d9)

  69. That’s cause they’re too f***ing stingy to buy a second round.

    nk (dbc370)

  70. Short arms, long pockets.

    carlitos (c24ed5)

  71. think what Biden does when the cameras aren’t rolling.

    Jack (a742cc)

  72. I’ve seen Scots men kiss on the mouth, but only on TV. Cretan men do too, on the mouth — I’ve been a recipient. (They also play the bagpipes. But don’t wear skirts!)

    nk (dbc370) — 2/18/2015 @ 9:08 am

    TMI

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  73. “Did I tell you I’m filthy rich and my mother’s dead?”

    – Joe Biden

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  74. “Pinch a penny until it screams!” my swiss-german grandmother said of my scot grandfather.
    I always figured that being called frugal by a Germanic meant more than if from some others.

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  75. this is an entirely diferent kind of inappropriateness…

    “A U.S. Islamic advocacy group says that Vice- President Joe Biden, addressing a White House summit on “countering violent extremism (CVE)” on Tuesday, referred to right-wing extremists and supremacists committing violence “in the name of the Bible.”
    The comments did not feature in Biden’s 19 minute-long opening remarks, televised by C-SPAN, in which the vice-president focused on America as a nation of immigrants, the need for different communities to “see” each other, and for countries to engage with “marginalized” communities.

    “Biden just talked about the right wing militias & supremacist groups that are violent in the name of the Bible,” the Washington-based Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) tweeted later in the afternoon.

    “We wanted them (WH) to include other type of violent extremists. Now they have, let’s keep asking and push,” MPAC said.

    MPAC has not responded to an invitation to comment further.
    ..
    In his opening remarks at Tuesday’s panel discussion, Biden said the U.S. and other countries need to tackle violent extremism not just by using force, but by engaging communities that are “marginalized.”

    “We have to work from the ground up and engage our communities, and engage those who might be susceptible to being radicalized because they are marginalized.”

    “Societies have to provide an affirmative alternative for immigrant communities, a sense of opportunity, a sense of belonging that discredits the terrorist appeal to fear, isolation, hatred, resentment,” he said.”

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  76. Well, colonel, then I guess we should expect the president and others to engage Christians and conservatives and 2nd amendment folks to help them feel included…

    What, that’s not what he meant?

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  77. I hope no one else has taken this one:

    “I’ll show you mine if you’ll show me yours”.

    Mark Johnson (21f0b0)

  78. 26. …Whether he has had a prior relationship with the couple or not, the optics are bad, even very bad when you consider how much fire he’s previously come under because of the kind of behavior.

    Dana (8e74ce) — 2/18/2015 @ 5:57 am

    I’ve been at all sorts of official events where women I had a prior relationship had attended.

    I at least had the common courtesy and sense of decorum to wait until the reception after the change of command ceremony was over before I started feeling them up or put my tongue in their ear.

    Steve57 (e16ed8)

  79. Ok…one more…

    “You know, I write all Bryan Williams’ stuff”

    Mark Johnson (21f0b0)

  80. 80, Ok…one more…

    “You know, I write all Bryan Williams’ stuff”

    Mark Johnson (21f0b0) — 2/18/2015 @ 12:29 pm

    “…including that scene his daughter starred in on “Girls.” I TiVo’d it; want to go watch it?”

    Steve57 (e16ed8)

  81. “Biden just talked about the right wing militias & supremacist groups that are violent in the name of the Bible,” the Washington-based Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) tweeted later in the afternoon.

    Because in Joe Biden’s world it is still 1995.

    JVW (887036)

  82. Are you a drill sergeant? Because you have my privates standing at attention.

    –Joe Biden

    carlitos (c24ed5)

  83. Do you have any Irish in you?

    Do you want some?

    — Joe Biden

    carlitos (c24ed5)

  84. scots and dutch are not huggers (or drinkers) and the two activities may sometimes go hand i hand, i think.

    elissa (8749d9) — 2/18/2015 @ 9:09 am

    Scots are not drinkers like Bidens aren’t gropers.

    carlitos (c24ed5)

  85. Evidently I’m from the wrong generation or the complaint is not the action but the hypocrisy.
    Unless he didn’t know her before a couple of months ago.

    seeRpea (9e531f)

  86. “You must be a speeding ticket, cuz you have fine written all over you.”

    – Joe Biden

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  87. #68: elissa, I think the definition of drunkard is what you bring to question. But certainly, any man who has a trace of scot or dutch DNA would have the good sense not to molest the wife of a subordinate before the entire world.

    I used to think Spiro was the bottom of the barrel, but then we had Nixon, Carter, Bush I, Clinton, and Bush II, and I had to rethink the whole mess. But with Obola and Biden, I think we have finally found a true minimum. These feckless fools are a loadstone in political terms. Find any one with characteristics and you must flee for your life. But which ever way you turn, it will be an up hill climb.

    bobathome (f208b6)

  88. “How’d you like a private screening of ’50 Shades of Joe’?”

    malclave (4f3ec1)

  89. Check this out. Gwen Ifill helps Biden with damage control.

    Check the time stamp on Ifill’s twit. *8am DC time.

    She’s using my argument man. I should charge her a royalty.

    I don’t really feature it as a possibility, but it gives me a giggle to think of Gwen Ifill pouring over the Patterico comment section for opposition research.

    PBS sucks Gwen!

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  90. Are you a middle eastern dictator? Cause there’s a political uprising ——- in my pants!

    –Joe Biden

    carlitos (c24ed5)

  91. The Executive Branch is asking Ash Carter to defend the nation when he can’t defend his wife?

    LTMG (94c4c3)

  92. Snicker. Carter’s career in the DOD was mostly in defense contracting and procurement. With SOD under his belt, he’ll be the number one fair-haired boy for the defense-contracting lobby when he retires. He’ll comfort his wife with diamonds and furs, when she gets tired of Mercedes’ and villas.

    nk (dbc370)

  93. Not so fast, folks. Joe Biden is a government and media approved demagogue. That makes everything OK. Just don’t put your wife and a camera around him.

    Dirty Old Man (0e8026)


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