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obama and biden gaffe machine rumbles on


It’s been a while since I’ve done an Obama gaffe post. Since his running mate Joe Biden has added his own stumbles and bumbles I thought it’d be appropriate to list some of the better ones from the past and some newer ones since you’ll never see them on SNL and the late night talk shows.

Do you have a favorite or two or three? Feel free to vote. Just between you and me. ;-)

To start things off and get into the spirit, here’s a blast from the past. Obama’s infamous breathalizer comedy routine:

Got’cha in the mood? Okay. Here are a "Sweet Sixteen plus four" of Joe Biden’s more entertaining flubs followed by a sampling of gaffes by the “Great Communicator” - Barack Obama:

1. "When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed." - Joe Biden

For the record, Hoover was president and there was no television in 1929!

2. "Come back to the area where my helicopter was forced down, with a three-star general and three senators at 10,500 feet in the middle of those mountains. I can tell you where they (al Qaeda) are."

Even John Kerry made fun of that one. The entourage was "forced down" by bad weather and they had to take a car for the rest of the trip.

3. “You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent.” - Joe Biden

4. “My wife Jill, who you’ll meet soon, is drop dead gorgeous. My wife Jill, who you’ll meet soon, she also has her doctorate degree, which is a problem.” - Joe Biden

5. “The Next President Is "Barack AMERICA ... uh, Barack OBAMA!" - Joe Biden

6. “Make no mistake about this, Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am to be vice president of the United States of America … She's easily qualified to be vice president ... and quite frankly, might have been a better pick than me.” - Joe Biden

7. “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American (Obama) who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy …” - Joe Biden

8. “Chuck, stand up, let the people see you!” - Joe Biden (to disabled wheelchair-bound Missouri State Sen. Chuck Graham)

9. “I guarantee you Barack Obama ain’t taking my shotguns, so don’t buy that malarkey. Don’t buy that malarkey they’re going to start peddling that to you. I got two. If he tries to fool with my Beretta, he’s got a problem.” - Joe Biden

Remember John Kerry’s hilarious “"Can I get me a huntin' license heyah?"?

10. "Number one, you take all the troops out - you better have helicopters ready to take those 3,000 civilians inside the Green Zone, where I have been seven times and shot at." - Joe Biden

Shades of Hillary's ducking "sniper fire"! Biden had to claim he was there "SEVEN" times and "shot at".

NOT! even once! He was there once when a projectile of some kind landed somewhere nearby. You gotta love this guy! All you have to do is repeat what he says.

And now, here are a few of Obama’s choicest screw-ups:

1. “I've got a bracelet too … from, Sergeant … uh … uh … from the mother of … uh … uh … (looks down to read the name) from the mother of … uh … Sergeant Ryan David Jopek." - Barack Obama

It turns out that the parents of slain patriot Jopek had asked Obama NOT to wear the bracelet Mrs. Jopek had given Obama. Politics trumps empathy every time.

2. “So let me introduce you to the next President … Vice President of the United States of America … Joe Biden!” - Barack Obama

3. “John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith." - Barack Obama

4. “The point I was making was not that my grandmother harbors any racial animosity. She doesn't. But she is a typical white person who, uh, if she sees somebody on the street that she doesn't know there's a reaction that's been bred into our experiences …” - Barack Obama

5. “We could save all the oil that they're talking about getting off drilling - if everybody was just inflating their tires. And getting regular tune-ups. You'd actually save just as much." - Barack Obama

6. “Call me if you need me.” - Barack Obama (at the height of the mortgage crisis)

7. “This is a guy (unrepentent former terrorist Bill Ayres who helped launch Obama’s political career in his home) who lives in my neighborhood." - Barack Obama

Bill Axelrrod, Obama’s campaign manager, explained that Obama’s two children “go to school” with the 60 something Ayres’ “children” (who are adults).

8. “The Surge has failed.” - Barack Obama

Obama removed “The Surge Has Failed” section from his website in the days before his “excellent adventure” to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Europe during the summer.

And speaking of Afghanistan, here’s a little lagniappe:

9. "We only have a certain number of them (Arabic translators) and if they are all in Iraq, then its harder for us to use them in Afghanistan." - Barack Obama

Uh … they don’t speak Arabic in Afghanistan Senator.

10. “That happened during the Great Depression when Roosevelt purchased a whole bunch of homes, over time, home values went back up and in fact government made a profit.” - Barack Obama

Huh? Obama must be reading the same history books as Joe “Roosevelt On Television in 1929” Biden.

For the record … NOT!

Can you imagine if Gov. Sarah Palin had made any of these goofs?

More lagniappe. Obama's teleprompter crashes. Only 14 seconds:


Coming soon! Obama's GOON SQUADS!


I hate to say it but I told you so

Don't mind my preaching to you

I said "don't trust him", baby, now you know

You don't learn everything there is to know in school

Wouldn't believe me when I gave advice

I said that he was a tease

If you want help you better ask me nice

So be sincere, convince me with a "pretty please"

Laugh, Laugh, I thought I'd die

It seemed so funny to me,

Laugh, Laugh, you met a guy

who taught you how it feels to be

Lonely, oh so lonely!



( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 30th, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
Those are good.... I did some reading up last night on both mccain and obama's sites so I can feel confident when I vote. I also want to watch the VP debate Thursday and hopefully I won't fall asleep like I did the other night. What is Obama's goon squads?
Sep. 30th, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC)
Re: funny
The Obama campaign has threatened political groups with lawsuits, tried to get the Justice Department to investigate people who are making and broadcasting anti-Obama ads, they've tried to intimidate station WGN in Chicago and get them to stop interviewing anti-Obama authors, they've censored signs at Obama events, basicall scare anyone who might publicize anything that might embarrass or question Obama's background, views, or record.

More specifics coming. ;-)
Sep. 30th, 2008 09:41 pm (UTC)
Re: funny
oh ok :D
Oct. 1st, 2008 02:54 am (UTC)
the wheelchair incident
thought the whole biden - graham incident was a bit unfortunate but you gotta chuckle. if it were in the movies you'd be rolling laughing. this political cartoon takes it to a whole new level.

Oct. 1st, 2008 04:36 am (UTC)
Re: the wheelchair incident
Thanks for the great link. Yes. That's what satire is supposed to do - be irreverent but make a point too.

My quote was in no way meant to make fun of Sen. Graham, who, being no stranger to the idiocies of the campaign trail, probably got a bit of a laugh himself at Sen. Biden's embarrassing faux pas.

I had a friend in college who was paralyzed in an automobile accident and was fond of joking when people ran into him for the first time would say, "I used to be taller, I know."

With regard to your post, having little knowledge of economics and finance, I might only observe that, should the Dems get control of Congress and the White House, there may be no capital gains to tax.

You may have a different view.

Stop by any time.
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