“The president and I have had a laser focus on one thing: raising up the middle class … The measure of success of our administration will be whether or not the middle class is growing and the things that allow it to grow, and allow it to feel some security, are able to be put in place again.”
Of course, the VP could have been speaking "literally."
David A. Graham of the Atlantic does a fish-in-the-barrel job on what would be any other man's "gaffe."
In his first foreign trip in the second term of President Barack Obama's presidency, Vice President Joe Biden is gaffing his way across Europe. Biden's three country trip has taken him from Germany to France and, finally, to the UK, where he's just finishing meetings.
I know a gaffe when I see one, having made many myself, and Romney’s 47 percent remark was no gaffe. It was an expression of a belief so deeply held, and so thoroughly validated in the circles in which Romney travels, that it required no fact-checking.
Jerusalem Regarding politicians, the press can keep only one idea in its mind at a time, a single defining characteristic. In Mitt Romney’s case, the idea is he’s gaffe-prone.
Romney doesn’t understand this. On the second day of his foreign trip, Romney and his family were amused as they read aloud the witty headlines in the British papers zinging him over his critique of the country’s preparations for the Olympics. Romney’s son Josh teased him. They all laughed.
Ol' Joe was off message again, talking to his home paper in Delaware just before today's health-care summit, which Obama has diligiently pitched as a truly productive, bipartisan gathering, despite all evidence to the contrary: