11:54 AM, Oct 6, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Roy Gutman of McClatchy reports:
Vice President Joe Biden apologized to the United Arab Emirates Sunday for charging that the oil-rich ally had been supporting al Qaida and other jihadi groups in Syria's internal war, his second apology in as many days to a key participant in the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State extremists.
This apology came, it seems, after Biden expressed:
… similar regrets to Turkey, [for having] left open whether the Emirates had supported the rise of al Qaida during the early stages of the war in Syria.
The vice president does this sort of thing so often that one wonders if it isn’t an element of some deeper strategy. An effort, perhaps, to deflect attention from the things his boss says. As Josh Gerstein of Politico writes
While Biden apologized for over the weekend after for remarks that prompted a diplomatic row which could disrupt the international coalition fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, President Barack Obama has expressed essentially the same views that got the vice president into hot water.
Being president means never having to say, I’m sorry.
On the other hand, being vice president, especially if you are Joe Biden, means you say it so often you must think about putting it to music.
9:13 AM, Oct 3, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden sought sympathy with the vice president of the Harvard student body about being second in command: "Isn't it a bitch?" He clarified, "the vice president thing."
Video via Andrew Kaczynski of BuzzFeed.
9:09 PM, Feb 25, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
During a celebration of African-American History Month, Vice President Joe Biden said, "I may be a white boy, but I can jump." The comments were made at Biden's home, the Naval Observatory.
Via the pool report:
8:21 AM, Dec 5, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden talked up the pool reporter covering him in China today to the vice president of China. According to the pool report, Biden told the Chinese VP that "he is a very important man. Seriously he is important."
8:11 AM, Oct 1, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The federal government has shutdown. So what does this mean for the White House? Vice President Joe Biden keeps 12 staffers and President Barack Obama keeps 129.
As the Los Angeles Times reported yesterday, in preparation for a government shutdown:
6:40 AM, Jul 26, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden surprised a man in Singapore when he sat next to him today. It was a surprise because the guy didn't recognize Biden.'
The man asked after Biden had joined him at a table for a photo-op, "Who is he?"
The report comes from the pool report.
8:31 AM, Jan 20, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden has taken the oath of office for the second time. "At 8:21am, Joe Biden took the oath of office for a second term a Vice President, surrounded by family at the VP residence at the Naval Observatory," the pool reporter notes.
7:36 AM, Oct 12, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
During the vice presidential debate, Paul Ryan reiterated his opposition to abortion. Joe Biden explained that he’s personally opposed to abortion but doesn’t believe in protecting the unborn. President Obama has previously expressed his own position, which might best be described as not being opposed to abortion either personally or as a matter of policy (see the first 30 seconds of this clip):
But contradicts himself by relying on intel community regarding Iran.12:50 AM, Oct 12, 2012 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
Among the many charges and countercharges at the vice presidential debate here Thursday, two points from Vice President Joe Biden stand out.
12:06 AM, Oct 12, 2012 • By FRED BARNES
You don’t win a nationally televised debate by being rude and obnoxious. You don’t win by interrupting your opponent time after time after time or by being a blowhard. You don’t win with facial expressions, especially smirks or fake laughs, or by pretending to be utterly exasperated with what your opponent is saying.
7:21 PM, Oct 11, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
In email to supporters, Vice President Joe Biden promises tonight to "tell the truth and stand up for what we believe in." The subject line of Biden's email reads, "My promise to you and Barack tonight."
"I told Barack I have one mission tonight: tell the truth and stand up for what we believe in," writes Vice President Biden. "Our side is always going to win when we do that."
Biden then portrays himself and President Barack Obama as underdogs. He writes, " But, Daniel, take a look at what we're up against this week:"
9:40 AM, Aug 24, 2012 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
"Joe Biden," wrote the editorialists of the Salt Lake Tribune four years ago, “is smart, articulate, and blunt.” Well, grant our Utah colleagues this much: One out of three is better than nothing.
12:02 PM, Aug 16, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama's closest political adviser, David Axelrod, would not rule out dropping Vice President Joe Biden from this year's presidential ticket when asked about the rumors this morning on MSNBC.
"All right. David, it's Sam Stein," said the Huffington Post writer to Axelrod. "I''m guessing you're not taking John McCain's advice to drop him and put Hillary Clinton? But a more serious question --"