Delaware responds.9:20 AM, Jul 29, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Vice President Joe Biden inadvertently may have produced the worst public service announcement for a state since Maryland's Governor William Donald Schaefer referred to the Eastern Shore of his state as the "[outhouse]" of Maryland. Biden recently recorded a White House White Board video to boost the president's latest plan to spend billions on those ubiquitous "crumbling roads and bridges." To provide an example, Biden turned his sights on his home state, the "little state of Delaware":
[Transcript, 2:50 to 3:29] Take a look at my little state of Delaware. I'm very proud of Delaware because I know it so well having represented it for so long. There are 6,357 miles of public roads in the state of Delaware. Sixteen percent of them are in poor condition. How does that little state compete? Why would a business go, why would an enterprise get engaged in a place where there wasn't sufficient rail, or the roads weren't good, where the bridges were in disrepair? Businesses go where they can increase productivity. Productivity relates to how rapidly they can get things to market, how cheaply they can get 'em to market, and how often they can get 'em to market.
Asked to comment on the vice president's remarks, Kelly M. Bachman, press secretary for Governor Jack Markell responded:
The Vice President has been as great a champion for Delaware as we have and has only helped improve the image of our great state across the country and around the world. We should always want to do better, but we're encouraged that our economy is improving and our job growth is outpacing the nation's.
I don't speak for the Vice President, but I suspect he did not view his words as disparaging and we do not take them that way. As a point of comparison, Delaware's 16% of roads in poor condition, although certainly not good, is better than our surrounding states.
Both the President and Vice President continue to show the necessary sense of urgency to strengthen our transportation system and Governor Markell appreciates their support and advocacy. The condition of infrastructure in parts of the country are in an unacceptable condition and our advantages in the global economy will shrink rapidly if we don't make needed investments.
Businesses and entrepreneurs have more choices than ever about where to locate, expand and hire - and a safe, reliable transportation infrastructure plays an important role in their decision making process. If we want to successfully compete for jobs in the global economy, we must invest in our people and our infrastructure.
In spite of the benefit of the doubt the governor's office gave the vice president, it seems a safe bet that after Biden returns to Delaware for good, he won't be looking for work designing welcome signs for his home state.
9:15 AM, Jul 24, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
General Motors recalled another 718,000 of its vehicles yesterday to correct defects serious enough to require the action. This puts the number at "nearly 30 million vehicles since the start of the year, by far a record for any automaker and more than half the vehicles recalled by the industry as a whole."
7:04 AM, Jul 17, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Vice President Biden and his entourage visited Brazil in mid-June to attend the USA versus Ghana World Cup game, a trip that also included meetings with both the president and vice president of Brazil.
8:36 AM, Jul 8, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Hillary Clinton's tour promoting her book Hard Choices may be having an effect—though perhaps not the one the 66-year-old former secretary of state might have wanted. A new poll of the potential 2016 presidential field from Quinnipiac, conducted at the end of June, found support for Clinton among Democratic primary voters at 58 percent.
8:46 AM, Jul 5, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The vice president of the United States is counseling teenage girls -- at least, one teenager he saw yesterday -- that they can't date until they're 30. "Chestnut St. Nearing 9th, VPOTUS hugs a girl who is wearing a rain poncho and appears to be in her early teens. Tells her, 'No dates ‘til you’re 30,'" reports the pool reporter.
10:31 AM, Jun 23, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
In what some are interpreting as a veiled shot at Hillary Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden says that the fact he isn't rich shouldn't be held against him:
I make a lot of money as vice president, Biden said in the Washington, D.C. speech this morning. But, he said, he was the poorest member of Congress when he was a U.S. senator.
12:56 PM, Jun 21, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden, speaking yesterday in Guatemala City, Guatemala, addressed the recent influx of immigrants on America's Southern border. He said a "vast majority" of these immigrants "will be going home."
8:22 AM, Jun 19, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Vice President Joe Biden was in Brazil Monday for a meeting with Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff and to attend the USA's World Cup game versus Ghana.
And Address 'Misperceptions About U.S. Immigration Policy.'7:06 AM, Jun 16, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Biden departs today for Latin America, where he'll visit Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, and Guatemala. In Brazil, he'll head to the World Cup to watch a soccer game. In Guatemala, he'll address "misperceptions about U.S. immigration policy," according to a White House official.
1:29 PM, Jun 12, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
As the situation in Iraq continues to deteriorate, President Obama's Iraq policy is coming under increasing scrutiny.
10:42 AM, Jun 12, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
As Iraq falls apart, it's worth remembering Vice President Joe Biden hailing that country as one of President Obama's "great achievements" in a 2010 interview with then CNN host Larry King:
8:34 AM, Jun 5, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Not even the vice president supported the trade of the Taliban 5 for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. According to a new report, Vice President Joe Biden remained "neutral on the prisoner swap."
Visit VP Biden.1:10 PM, May 27, 2014 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
The expletives were flying during a ceremony for wounded warriors at the vice president's residence on Memorial Day.
Jill Biden made between $15,001-50,000 for hers.3:59 PM, May 15, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden is not making too much money off his book Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics. Last year, in fact, he made less than $201 in royalties from his book publisher, according to just-released disclosure forms.
Here's the disclosure form, which has been "reviewed and certified by ethics officials," according to the White House:
Biden's book was published in 2007 by Random House.
11:12 AM, May 4, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
At last night's White House Correspondent's Dinner, President Barack Obama made a joke at the expense of his second in command, Vice President Joe Biden:
"It is strange to think that I have just two and a half years left in this office. Everywhere I look, there are reminders that I only hold this job temporarily," said Obama to laughs.