Vice President Joe Biden addressed the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Thursday and reminisced about the state of the industry before and after the Obama administration came into office. He observed that the steep decline in auto sales during President Obama's first year in office "had nothing to do with us ... we get more credit sometimes than we deserve." It appears Biden was using "credit" ironically, suggesting the critics of the president hold him responsible for things that were outside his ability to control.
Here are his remarks in context:
My mother -- my deceased wife used to say that the greatest gift God gave mankind, and she meant it, was the ability to forget -- I'm being serious - think about it -- the greatest gift is the ability to forget, to forget the bad things and focus on the good. The good news is American public had already forgotten how tough it was in '07, '08, '09 and the good news is that we're back. Car sales, when we took office -- it had nothing to do with us -- in 2009 - I don't mean -- we, we get more credit sometimes than we deserve - in 2009, they plunged 40% in a single year.