WASHINGTON, September 19, 2014 – When is someone going to read the memo to Joe Biden. The one that says no, you are not going to be president.
The spotlight on America is really bright right now as our reluctant Commander in Chief is being thrust into the position of being, well, Commander in Chief, making some very difficult decisions, working with Congress. Hopefully restoring America to a position of leadership.
And while President Obama has much of the country wondering just what the heck he is going to do, Vice President Joe Biden has us all just wishing he would hide for the next two years and let him get something done.
Biden’s most recent verbal miscarriage was while speaking to the Legal Services Corporation on Tuesday calling predatory lenders who prey on military service people “Shylocks who took advantage of these women and men while overseas.”
The term “shylock” is an archaic reference to a medieval stereotype about Jews and it is extremely derogatory. We all know Joe is a Jews best friend, but that does not excuse his poor choice of words when referring to sharks, which those denizens of the deep, if they could, would probably take offense to.
Anti Defamation League National Director Abraham Foxman was one of the first to criticize the Vice President who responded by saying:
“Abe Foxman has been a friend and advisor of mine for a long time. He’s correct, it was a poor choice of words, particularly as he said coming from ‘someone as friendly to the Jewish community and open and tolerant an individual as is Vice President Joe Biden.’ He’s right,” Biden said.
OK, so he meant sharks or something, and said shylocks, which is a horrible word that is not in the lexicon of anyone under 60, but then there was, during a recent Iowa get out the vote rally, Joe saying that he had just met with Lee Kuan Yew.
“You know on the way back from Mumbai … I stopped in Singapore to meet with a guy named Lee Kuan Yew who most foreign policy experts around the world say is the wisest man in the Orient,” Biden said.
“Orient” and “Oriental”, which mean Eastern and from the East, are seen as offensive terms for most Asian people as the tend to bring up images of Britain’s imperial rule. But the real gaffe is that Lee is the first prime minister of Singapore and a person considered as one of the most influential political figures in the region.
And Biden just called him “a guy” and the “wisest man in the Orient”.
He is not just some guy, Joe. He is a dignitary of note, not the “wisest guy”. The Republican National Party, who has said some pretty ridiculous things themselves, has released a statement, RNC spokesman, Ninio Fetalvo saying
“Vice President Joe Biden’s insensitive remarks are offensive to both Asian-Americans and our Asian allies abroad. His comment is not only disrespectful but also uses unacceptable imperialist undertones. It’s time for the Vice President to apologize and to understand that his comments embarrass our country.”
And who can forget this gem in speaking of girls as the approach womanhood.
“When they’re 12 to 14, a dad puts his beautiful little daughter to bed. And then the next morning, there’s a snake in the bed.”
After years of insane, if not asinine, statements, like calling Republicans “squealing pigs,” or his saying that you could barely go into a 7-11 or Dunkin Donuts unless you had an American-Indian accent, one might have thought it could not have ever been worse.
Au contraire my friends.
There is the time Joe got out front talking about President Barack Obama’s gun control plan.
Responding to a qquestion posted by a Facebook user during an online townhall with Parent’s Magazine in February 2013, Joe admits to having not one, but two shotguns locked away in a cabinet.
It seems both the President and the Vice President have the qualifications necessary to join the NRA. Anyway.
“We live in an area that’s wooded and secluded,” Biden said. “I said, Jill, if there’s ever a problem just walk out on the balcony here …take that double-barreled shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house.”
“Buy a shotgun,” he said.
Have you ever shot a shotgun? The recoil would probably knock the diminutive Mrs. Biden on her keester, leaving her with a black eye or broken nose, as well as defenseless, if she missed that intruder. And where they live is in North East DC. I can only imaging the apoplexy of the Secret Service if Mrs. Biden started shooting shotguns.
In August of 2012, campaigning in Danville, Virginia, Vice President Biden suggested that Mitt Romney wanted to enslave blacks:
“Look at their budget and what they’re proposing. Romney wants to let the – he said in the first 100 days – he’s gonna let the big banks write their own rules, unchain Wall Street. They’re gonna put ya’ll back in chains.”
In January 2011, Joe was warning us that if Congress failed to pass the American Jobs Act that Rape and murder would rise. if Republicans did not pass Obama’s job bill.
Human Events reporter Jason Mattera asked Biden about his comments, asking whether he regretted “using a rape reference to describe Republican opposition to the president’s bill.”
“I didn’t use, no no no,” Biden said. “What I said, let’s get it straight, guy, don’t screw around with me….I said rape is up three times in Flint. There are numbers, go look at the numbers. Murder’s up, rape is up and burglary’s up,” Biden said.
“And if Republicans don’t pass this bill, rape will continue to rise?” Mattera pressed.
“Murder will continue to rise, rape will continue to rise, all crimes will continue to rise,” Biden answered.
The Republican National Committee issued a statement blasting Biden’s remarks, saying “nothing could be more irresponsible and mean-spirited.”
“No victim of violent crime would ever wish that others were forced to experience the same trauma they went through — especially to make a brazen political point. So why would the sitting Vice President of the United States?” RNC co-chairman Sharon Day said.
And then, because a picture is worth a thousand words and videos are priceless, for your cringe worthy enjoyment:
And would someone please put Joe’s microphone away.