In anticipation of tonight’s Vice Presidential debate, what better way to prepare than to take a look back at some of VP Joe Biden’s most famous quotes. It’s noteworthy to point out that President Obama described Biden at the Democratic National Convention as the best running mate he could have asked for. Whether he really meant that or not is up for debate. What can’t be questioned is that “Grandpa Joe” has more often than not hurt the cause rather than helped, yet he’s still on the ballot in 2012. So today, sit back, relax your brain, and let the laughter out.
Vice President Biden tells Chuck Graham to stand up. Problem is, Chuck is in a wheelchair…
“I’m told Chuck Graham, state senator, is here. Stand up Chuck, let ‘em see you. Oh, God love you. What am I talking about? I’ll tell you what, you’re making everybody else stand up, though, pal!”
During a campaign speech last week, Biden spoke out about the middle class being buried for the last four years. Uh, Joe, you do realize that you and President Obama have been in charge during that time, right?
“This is deadly earnest, how they can justify – how they can justify raising taxes on the middle class that’s been buried the last four years. How in the lord’s name can they justify raising their taxes with these tax cuts?”
Leading up to the 2008 election, he made sure everyone knew he wasn’t the best choice for the job…
“Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am to be Vice President of the United States of America. Let’s get that straight…She’s easily qualified to be Vice President of the United States of America. Quite frankly, it might have been a better pick than me.”
When meeting with the Prime Minister of Ireland, Biden had a little family mix-up…
“His mom lived in Long Island for ten years or so. God rest her soul. And although she’s… wait…your mom’s still…your mom’s still alive. Your dad passed. God BLESS her soul.”
Remember, we’re the racists, not them…
“You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin’ Doughnuts unless you have a slight Indian accent…I’m not joking!”
Speaking of racism, Joe turned up the extreme rhetoric in front of a mostly minority crowd…
“Romney wants to…he said in the first hundred days he’s gunna let the big banks once again write their own rules. Unchain…Wall Street. They’re gunna put ya’ll back in chains.”
Looks like a history lesson is in order: 1) FDR wasn’t president when the stock market crashed and 2) televisions were not widely used…
“When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn’t just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed. He said, ‘Look, here’s what happened.’”
“Look, John’s last-minute economic plan does nothing to tackle the number-one job facing the middle class, and it happens to be, as Barack says, a three-letter word: jobs. J-O-B-S, jobs.”
Speaking of Barack Obama before being chosen as his running mate, JB gave a brow-raising description of his boss-to-be…
“I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a story book, man.”
And who could forget, during the Obamacare signing ceremony, the Veep got a little too excited…
“This is a big $&#^@%* deal!”
Although we may enjoy another four years of ridiculous quotes and gaffes from Joe Biden, it would probably be better if we just never have to hear from him again. But, for now, let’s hope we can add some more to the list after tonight’s debate.