Media Bias: Our vice president's foot lands in his mouth almost every time he speaks. Yet the news and entertainment elites are giving the Dan Quayle treatment not to Joe Biden, but to Sarah Palin.
Speaking before Congress in February, President Obama proudly named Vice President Biden to run what he called "a tough, unprecedented oversight effort" of his administration's economic program, "because nobody messes with Joe."
But Joe himself is kind of a mess when it comes to the plan. For instance, this month we found the vice president referring to the federal stimulus-supported new New Jersey transit tunnel under the Hudson River as "designed to provide for automobile traffic." Someone had to tell the man leading the tough, unprecedented oversight of the stimulus that the tunnel was for trains only.
That's just a start when it comes to the veep's verbal miscues.
When Biden last month advised Americans to avoid swine flu by staying off planes and subways, even White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs felt compelled to say that "I think the vice president misrepresented what the vice president wanted to say."
At the Washington press corps' Gridiron Dinner last month, Biden may have compromised national security by revealing the location of the secret underground protective facility built for the vice president's protection during an enemy attack or other emergency.
And after Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal delivered the GOP response to Obama's first speech to Congress in February, the vice president claimed that "in Louisiana there's 400 people a day losing their jobs. What's he doing?" Louisiana, in fact, was the only state in the union adding jobs.
The new occupant of the office he once called "not worth a bucket of warm spit" wasted no time acclimating himself. At a ball for Obama staff the day after he was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, Biden seemed to think his oath was administered by Justice Potter Stewart, who died in 1985. After calling Stewart "one of the great justices," even members of the friendly audience were heard guffawing and yelling "Stevens!" to the new VP.
During last year's campaign it got so bad that even the liberal New Republic started running a "Biden Gaffe-o-Meter" feature.
Then-Sen. Biden had claimed in a CBS interview with Katie Couric during the campaign that FDR got on television after the 1929 stock market crash — though Herbert Hoover was president at the time and TVs were still in the laboratory stage. Biden also referred to Palin during the campaign as "the lieutenant governor of Alaska," instead of governor.
Source: Investor's Business Daily