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:
Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, hosted a reception Tuesday night at the Naval Observatory in honor of African-American History Month. The vice president's office was expecting about 150 people, and spotted in the crowd were: Michigan Rep. John Conyers, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson ("I told the president, next game, I've got him," Biden said of the former NBA star, "I may be a white boy, but I can jump"), senior Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, AFSCME president Lee Saunders, Columbia SC Mayor Steve Benjamin and National Black Caucus of State Legislators president Joe Armstrong.
The Vice President was introduced by his wife, who said "February is a time for all of us to pause to remember the sacrifices and to recognize the contributions of African-Americans who have helped make our country the beacon of freedom, equality and opportunity that it is today."
Biden spoke about watching the civil rights movement unfold from a distance as he was growing up, but how it nonetheless shaped his thinking in a searing way.
Biden centered most of his remarks on voting rights, tying the March on Selma -- which he called a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement because he said it prompted Lyndon Johnson to support the Voting Rights Act -- to recent events.
"Without the right to vote, nothing else much mattered," he said, reflecting on why Selma stood out for him.
Biden described his votes to reauthorize the Voting Rights Act as some of his proudest as a senator. And he reflected on the 1982 reauthorization, which had Ronald Reagan's support and Strom Thurmond's vote--which he said seemed at the time like a turning point.
"I thought it was done--finally, finally done," he said, pounding the podium with his fist.
He expressed his anger and disappointment with last year's Supreme Court decision overturning parts of the VRA, then quoted Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's dissent comparing the ruling to throwing out an umbrella. "There's a rainstorm," Biden said.
He specifically pointed to voting legislation in North Carolina, Alabama and Texas as examples of what's going wrong on the state level.
"These guys never go away. Hatred never, never goes away," Biden said. "The zealotry of those who wish to limit the franchise cannot be smothered by reason."
Biden cited the commitment of both the president and attorney general to voting rights, and expressed optimism that Congress would pass legislation to address the overturned parts of the VRA to stop "this kind of malarkey."
"This fight has been too long, this fight has been too hard, to do anything other than win--not on the margins, but flat out win."
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 --"
11:06 AM, Aug 11, 2012 • By FRED BARNES
Mitt Romney, the cautious candidate, wary of being specific, and counting on the bad economy to defeat President Obama – forget all that! The Romney who picked Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate is an entirely different person. He’s prepared to take the fight to Obama on the biggest bundle of issues – spending, debt, the deficit, taxes, entitlements, and the reversing of America’s accelerating decline under Obama. Specifics? There will be plenty.