Biden – Much Needed Gravitas

Where else could you get seasoned foreign affairs experience, judiciary experience, legislative experience, and honesty and gavitas all in one bright, articulate, clean package? This gravitas is just what the unseasoned, inexperienced Obama needs to put to rest fears that he will not be ready on day one.

Joe Biden is the man. Let’s examine the record.

Here is what happened in the 1988 campaign (New York Times):

In September 1987, the campaign ran into serious trouble when he was accused of plagiarizing a speech by Neil Kinnock, then-leader of the British Labour Party. Though Biden had correctly credited the original author in all speeches but one, the one where he failed to make mention of the originator was caught on video.
Within days, it was also discovered that as a first-year law student at Syracuse Law School, Biden had plagiarized a law review article in a class paper he wrote. Though the dean of the law school in 1988 as well as Biden’s former professor played down the incident of plagiarism, they did find that Biden drew “chunks of heavy legal prose directly from” the article in question. Biden said the act was inadvertent due to his not knowing the proper rules of citation, and Biden was permitted to retake the course after receiving a grade of F, which was subsequently dropped from his record. Biden also released his undergraduate grades, which started off poorly and remained unexceptional. Further, when questioned by a New Hampshire resident about his grades in law school Biden had claimed falsely to have graduated in the “top half” of his class, (when he actually graduated 76th in a class of 85) that he had attended on a full scholarship, and had received three degrees. In fact he had received two majors, History and Political Science, and a single B.A., as well as a half scholarship based on financial need.
Faced with these revelations, Biden withdrew from the nomination race on September 23, 1987, saying his candidacy had been overrun by “the exaggerated shadow” of his mistakes.

Here is what happened to him in 2008 (Biden himself):

Biden on Barack: “I think he can be ready, but right now I don’t believe he is. It’s awful hard, with only a little bit of experience to have a clear sense of what you would do on the most critical issues facing us today.”

Biden on Delaware: “In Delaware, the largest growth in population is Indian-Americans moving from India. You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.”

Biden on McCain: “John McCain is a personal friend, a great friend and I would be honored to run with or against John McCain.”

Well, Joe, I guess you have that chance now. How nice to have you aboard. Truly an inspirational choice by the brave, proud, sincere, though somewhat lacking in experience, Barack Obama.

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  • Rupert in Springfield

    Biden adds balance to the ticket, now not only will we have a presidential nominee who, despite some amazingly stupid gaffs, we are constantly told how smart he is, we will also have a vice presidential nominee with more of the same. Although Biden will probably do the telling himself.

    The one saving grace with Biden once again in the national spotlight is that it appears that his hair plugs from the Anita Hill days have now finally grown in to the point where they look at least somewhat natural.

  • dean

    Biden’s words on John McCain….updated this morning:

    “I’ll say straight up to you – John McCain and the press knows this, is genuinely a friend of mine. I’ve known John for 35 years. He served our country with extraordinary courage and I know he wants to do right by America. But the harsh truth is, ladies and gentlemen, you can’t change America when you boast. And these are John’s words, quote, the most important issues of our day, I’ve been totally in agreement and support of President Bush. Ladies and gentlemen, that’s what he said. You can’t change America when you supported George Bush’s policies 95% of the time. You can’t change America when you believe, and these are his own words, that in the Bush administration we’ve made great progress economically. You can’t change America and make things better for our senior citizens when you signed on to Bush’s scheme of privatizing social security. You can’t change America and give our workers a fighting chance when after 3 million manufacturing jobs disappear, you continue to support tax breaks for companies who ship our jobs overseas. You can’t change America and end this war in Iraq when you declare and, again, these are John’s words, no one has supported President Bush in Iraq more than I have, end of quote. Ladies and gentlemen, you can’t change America, you can’t change America when you know your first four years as president will look exactly like the last eight years of George Bush’s presidency.”

    Electing McCain continues Bush. That will be the theme for the next 10 weeks. I don’t know how McCain excapes from that.

    Yes…Biden talks without notes and makes gaffs. So does Obama at times. But they know how many houses they each own without consulting their staffs. One apiece.

    • Jerry

      I guess both have been fairly unsuccessful in life, then, to only have one home.

      I want a candidate with at least 5 homes – maybe more!

      Remember, Dean, the more homes people own the more work their is for landscapers. Don’t cut off your source of income for silly, political rants.

      • dean

        Jerry…maybe so, but I am not a “landscaper.” I’m a landscape architect, and have not worked on designing anyone’s yard for about 25 years. Plus…even if I did residential projects, it makes no difference if the home is owner occupied or only a part time residence.

        But if your criteria really is to vote for who has the most homes, does that mean you voted for Kerry/Heinz in 04?

        • Jerry

          Of course I did not vote for either of those frauds. The reason being, John did NOTHING to earn even one house. He married his money. So your example is irrelevant.

          He may have purchased a home when he was in Cambodia, though, so I guess I might have to rethink my position.

          • dean

            Jerry….you are joking again right? You think John McCain “earned” any of his 7 or 8 homes? He married into them, just like Kerry did. Do your homework man.

          • Jerry

            Dean –
            You DO NOT KNOW how many homes John owns and paid for – you simply don’t. We do know about Kerry, though.
            I do my homework.
            You don’t need to admonish me about anything.
            I am a recreational yachting consultant. I don’t simply sell boats.
            Just a thought for you…as a highly paid landscape process and design engineer.

          • dean

            Jerry…apparently McCain also does not know how many houses he or his wife own, so why should I? As for paying for them….since she was worth $100 million when he married her, and he was living on a Congressional salary, I would hazard a guess it was her money.

            I am paid well enough thanks, and have no bad things to say about landscapers. I’m just not in the same line of work, that’s all. I thought factual clarification might be useful to you, but apparently not.

          • Hey Dean! I Hear You’re A Real High Roller………

            Especially since you claim to be a “professional”. Sort of like the jerk that just called me from the local temporary help agency claiming he was a hiring “professional”.

          • Jerry

            Meant no harm. Just wanted you to know that you don’t need to ALWAYS criticize what others write. It doesnt’ matter one bit about houses.
            Obama has house problems, too, which you fail to mention.

          • dean

            No harm Jerry…and no offense taken. Yes, I suppose Obama has a “house problem” that is gettign plenty of attention from his opposition. I prefer to let him deal with it.

            Bottom line….maybe we can agree that how many houses each has or doesn’t have, and who they consulted about buying them, has little relevancy with respect to how they will govern and what policies they will pusue. Right?

          • Jerry

            Exactly what I was trying to say before you yelled at me.

            If Biden had multiple houses you can be sure he would be bragging about it, by the way.

            Talk about an empty suit….

        • Anonymous

          Right, Dean…

          And my garbage man is a “sanitaion engineer.”

  • Chris McMullen

    “But they know how many houses they each own without consulting their staffs.”

    I don’t know what that has to do with anything. You’re just reciting lame class-warfare drivel.

    To be clear, McCain owns zero homes. His wife’s estate is separate from his — prenuptial and all.

    Obama and Biden are not some salt-of-the-earth commoners. They’re both rich elitists.

    I’d also like to know how Obama intends to force US companies to hire domestically. Does he think the general public is going go for purchasing $100 toasters and $30 tube socks to cover the huge increase in labor costs?

    And Obama is not going to end the war either. He’s just pandering to his base like Pelosi did.

    • mpower

      “Does he think the general public is going go for purchasing $100 toasters and $30 tube socks to cover the huge increase in labor costs?”

      The price of oil/energy will cause a re-migration of jobs back to the US as higher (but falling) labor costs here are offset by the skyrocketing costs of shipping finished goods around the globe to be sold here. When a cheap product is no longer cheap because the boat ride from china is 10x more expensive than it was just 3 years ago, companies will have more than enough incentive to once again produce finished goods here.

      The fact that real wages in the US have been falling for 20+ years and will continue to fall for the forseeable future only makes it more affordable for business to locate here (see toyota, honda, mercedes, bmw). The cost of doing business in China, India, etc. is becoming more expensive, while the US is becoming cheaper. Business will adjust accordingly.

      Cheap oil facilitated rapid globalization… those days are over. Obama doesn’t need to force US companies to do anything – the price of oil will convince business to re-domesticate… no political rhetoric necessary.

      • Not A Nice Guy

        Hate to break it to you, but transportation costs have only gone up 50-60% tops in the past three years. It’s STILL really cheap for companies from Nike to Rubbermaid to still import products made in China or Vietnam.

        • mpower

          “…transportation costs have only gone up 50-60% in the past 3 years…”

          A 50% increase per input costs is very significant… not sure why/how anyone might perceive this as insignificant. Every business owner in the world is seriously affected by the slightest increase in input costs, much less a 50+% increase.

          Furthermore, what can business/consumers expect for the next 3 years? The next 10 years? Fuel costs are certainly not going back to prior levels… in fact, all evidence and market expectations are suggesting much, much higher fuel costs in the future. So the 50% increase in fuel costs we’ve already suffered is most likely the beginning of the trend, not the end.

          Again, business will adjust accordingly w/ or w/o political intervention or manipulation. The adjustment(s) will take time, which is to say that things (esp. the economy) are going to get much worse before they better, regardless of who is in the White House. No amount of tax increases/decreases, off-shore drilling, nation building, etc. is going to reverse the long-term, upward trend in energy costs. Every single percentage increase is fuel costs hurts producers and slows the economy – all very significant and carrying serious consequences.

  • Tim Lyman

    This pick shows, once again, just how weak Obama is and how poor his judgement is.

    After handing the Clintons the convention, he caves to the statu quo picks a running mate that embodies everything wrong with the Senate – an elitist, arrogant, career politician. Worse yet for Obama, Biden’s selection is an admission of Obama’s dreadful weakness in foreign policy.

    A man who can’t even stand up to the Clintons cannot be expected to stand up to foreign threats and a candidate who picks Joe Biden as his running mate can hardly be said to be for “change.”

    Obama wasn’t even smart enough to pick someone who won’t be a gold mine for opposition researchers.

    During his thirty five years in Washington D.C. Joe Biden has said some of the stupidest things ever said by a Senator outside the floor of the Senate. He’ll be the gift that keeps on giving.

    • Chris McMullen

      Agreed, Tim.

      I could scarcely believe Biden was picked as the running mate. It just solidified the fact Obama is very clueless.

      I’m not sure how Barry is going to spin the fact Biden voted for the Iraq war, but they agree on nationalized health care, gun control and higher taxes.

      Three great reasons not to vote for this ticket.

  • Gullyborg

    Obama bin-Biden!

  • Crawdude

    Joe Biden has a 36 year senatorial record that has absolutely no highlights. He has passed no bills that were written by himself, he has no real record……………… fact, he may actually have accomplished less in 36 years than Obama has in 2. Obama found the one person who won’t over shadow his lack of experience, yikes!

    McCain’s pick could put this election out of reach! Obama had 10 point leads a couple months ago. He was able to whittle that down to 2 points before choosing Biden and the most recent polls after are showing it a dead heat.

    • dean

      Dude…where did you see Obama ever up over McCain by 10? The polls I have seen have consistently averaged 3-6 since the primaries closed. From what I can see it has been pretty consistent all along.

  • Anonymous

    You should have stuck to landscape architecture.

    Your thinking the how many houses thing is meaningful demonstrates your ineptness at both politics and reality.

    I’ve had 5 to 8 houses and properties myself over the past 6 or 7 years and at any time someone asked me I had to think about it.

    Big deal.

    The McCain have tremendous holdings and a large portfolio.
    John probably doesn;t know how many people workl for him or how many vehicles they have either off the top of his head.
    So what?

    It’s amazing how you and yours inflate nothing into what you hope is met with gasps and outrage. You’re like little middle schooler brats trying to spread rumors you’ve made up.

    • dean

      OK. Anonymous for president. We don’t know who he or she is, but he or she owned 5-8 houses 6 or 7 year ago, but isn’t quite sure. Vote anonymous in 08! Vote yes for middle America!

  • Anonymous

    You can’t read can you?

    That’s been obvious on topic after topic as you contort and respond to your own imagination.

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