Skip to comments.Bidenís Blue Collar Background Myth
Posted on 05/17/2012 2:02:51 PM PDT by Starman417
So good ol', "lovable" Joe Biden was in Youngstown Ohio yesterday, firing up the Base.
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MSNBC's Martin Bashir is calling it "Biden's fire vs. Romney's misfires".
"Vigorous blue collar battlecry"?! He "sounds like one of them"? Really?!?!
At a campaign stop in Youngstown, Ohio, today, Vice President Joe Biden lit into Republicans and their presumed presidential nominee Mitt Romney for what he described as a failure to understand the plight of the middle class.
I resent when they talk about families like mine that I grew up in. I resent the fact that they think were talking about envy: its job envy, its wealthy envy; that we dont dream, an impassioned Biden told a crowd of manufacturing workers.
My mother believed and my father believed that if I wanted to be president of the United States, that I could be, I could be vice president! My mother and father believed that if my brother or sister wanted to be a millionaire, they could be a millionaire! My mother and father dreamed as much as any rich guy dreams!
They dont get us! They dont get who we are! he yelled before the crowd, drawing loud applause.
And who is Joe Biden? Someone from a blue collar, working middle class family background?
Joe Biden once got in trouble for plagiarizing a speech and inflating his academic record. So it will not surprise you to find that his famous working-class background turns out to be mythical. But it may surprise you to learn that Biden isn't the one who has trouble with the facts.
But the legend of Joe Biden, born in a welding shop, dies hard with political reporters, who find it easier to romanticize a gritty, hardscrabble childhood than a conventionally comfortable one.
The facts are there for anyone who wants to look at them.
So where did he get his working-class reputation? Partly it comes from Biden's streetwise demeanor and his preoccupation with the fact that his family wasn't as well-off as some of the people he knew which seems to have given him a permanent chip on his shoulder. Partly it comes from his frequent tributes to blue-collar folks, such as the firefighters who took him to the hospital when he suffered an aneurysm.
But mostly it reflects journalists' weakness for simple, vivid narratives.
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Michelle Malkin on Uncle Joe's audience a few days ago:
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The lovable idiot that keeps on giving...to the Republicans.
Sgt. Hairclub gaffes again!
It has to be hard to come up with all this crap and afterward go back to your gated compound in Delaware.
Why does Joe play at being poor? Part of it is that the family really did have tough times when the father couldn't keep a steady job, so Joe has a chip on his shoulder.
Part of it is the Irish Catholic thing -- some playing at being an underdog, some (particularly in earlier generations) real resentment of the English and Protestant upper classes. Part of it may have to do with Joe's poor school record -- a matter of an intellectual inferiority complex than of class or ethnic resentment.
And the rest of it is what politicians always do. If they can get away with it, they tell us they weren't born with silver spoons in their mouths, even if (as in Biden's case) there was enough family silver around to give him spoons when he wanted them.
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