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Biden gets emotional recalling gift from the Steelers
Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | September 25, 2008 | Salena Zito

Posted on 09/25/2008 12:40:06 PM PDT by Salena Zito

Sen. Joe Biden hit Western Pennsylvania today -- Greensburg specifically -- with his first visit to the area since the Democratic National Convention.

Before he began his morning speech, Biden had to compose himself while recalling a gift of two footballs (signed by former Steeler Rocky Bleier) given by late Steelers founder Art Rooney to Biden's two boys in 1972, when they were recuperating from a traffic accident that killed his wife and daughter.

Biden recalled the story after he was introduced by Rooney's son, Dan.

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1 posted on 09/25/2008 12:40:07 PM PDT by Salena Zito
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To: Salena Zito

“Let’s all lay down for Art”....sorry, I am also a Steeler fan.


2 posted on 09/25/2008 12:41:48 PM PDT by gathersnomoss (General George Patton had it right.)
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To: Salena Zito

Gratuitous “Sensitive” Speech? Check!


3 posted on 09/25/2008 12:42:55 PM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: gathersnomoss

Looks like Jimmy Swaggart in that photo.


4 posted on 09/25/2008 12:43:01 PM PDT by TFMcGuire (Either you are an American, or you are a liberal)
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To: Salena Zito

Did he tearfully re-tell the lie about his wife being killed by a “drunken” truck driver? And when is the mainstream media going to call him on this outrageous and offensive lie?


5 posted on 09/25/2008 12:43:39 PM PDT by hampdenkid
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To: Salena Zito

I hate the Pittsburgh Steelers.


6 posted on 09/25/2008 12:43:59 PM PDT by kesg
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To: Salena Zito

Biden was a Steelers fan until they moved to Pittsburgh.


7 posted on 09/25/2008 12:45:33 PM PDT by Tribune7 (How is inflicting pain and death on an innocent, helpless human being for profit, moral?)
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To: Salena Zito

Biden is such a poser.


8 posted on 09/25/2008 12:46:46 PM PDT by sarasota
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To: Salena Zito

I’d cry if Rocky Blier (or Franco Harris) gave me a dirt clod.


9 posted on 09/25/2008 12:47:34 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Salena Zito

Well, it worked for Hillary!


10 posted on 09/25/2008 12:49:23 PM PDT by jonsie
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To: Deb

: )


11 posted on 09/25/2008 12:49:38 PM PDT by Salena Zito (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/blogs/fortyfourthestate/)
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To: Salena Zito

It’s fishy. On an earlier swing through Pittsburgh, he recalled the same story. He mentioned that Rooney delivered two signed footballs from the “World champion Steelers”. The problem is, the Steelers did not win their first championship until after the 1974 season. In 1972, they were merely an up-and-coming team that was finaly emerging from 40 years of futility.

Maybe the Steelers just sent him a nice email...in 1972. (snicker)


12 posted on 09/25/2008 12:49:49 PM PDT by trublu
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To: Salena Zito; All

Shouldn’t Plugs be back in Washington and actually voting for soemething??


13 posted on 09/25/2008 12:53:26 PM PDT by KevinDavis (McCain/Palin 08 Palin/Jindal 12)
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To: trublu

Maybe Biden just knew they’d be champs soon


14 posted on 09/25/2008 12:55:16 PM PDT by MoreGovLess (The USA has one main political party: the Kleptocrats)
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To: Salena Zito

Oh, was that the accident caused by the drunk driver, or the one caused by his wife swerving into a truck because she was distracted by the children in the car.


15 posted on 09/25/2008 12:57:07 PM PDT by Carley (she's all out of caribou.............)
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To: theDentist
Gratuitous “Sensitive” Speech? Check!

Biden took a play out of the Hillary book.

16 posted on 09/25/2008 12:57:22 PM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign state.)
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To: Deb

Franco Harris once gave me an accidental elbow to the temple in a crowded bar. I didn’t cry, but boy I did see stars.


17 posted on 09/25/2008 12:59:02 PM PDT by Sisku Hanne (The day begins and ends in Alaska.)
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To: trublu

>>It’s fishy. On an earlier swing through Pittsburgh, he recalled the same story. He mentioned that Rooney delivered two signed footballs from the “World champion Steelers”. The problem is, the Steelers did not win their first championship until after the 1974 season. In 1972, they were merely an up-and-coming team that was finaly emerging from 40 years of futility.

Maybe the Steelers just sent him a nice email...in 1972. (snicker)<<

And in Green Bay, he claimed that he was a Packer fan. At home, his wife says that they are lifelong Eagle fans. Old Joe also claims to be Giants fan and a Colts fan until they moved from Baltimore.

He probably watched the Super Bowl in 1972 on his cell phone, text messaging George Halas plays to run.

Every time Old Joe opens his mouth, a thousand people move out of Delaware, in shame.


18 posted on 09/25/2008 1:00:36 PM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners.)
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To: trublu

Did he say that his grandfather used to watch the Steelers play on television back in the 1920s?


19 posted on 09/25/2008 1:01:44 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Salena Zito

Ha! Biden with 40 days left will easily have a hundred gaffes by then.

20 posted on 09/25/2008 1:02:16 PM PDT by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: MoreGovLess

Would The Steelers owner have even known of a first term Senator from Delaware, recently sworn in? And I don’t think Rocky Bleier was a household name in 1972.

Eh, it’s Biden.


21 posted on 09/25/2008 1:02:37 PM PDT by trublu
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To: Salena Zito

I asked my Eagles if they could send Joe a picture of Roethlisberger taken during our game this past Sunday. (It had to be taken by the blimp because we sacked him 9 times.)


22 posted on 09/25/2008 1:03:55 PM PDT by ditto h
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To: Salena Zito

The waterworks worked for Hillary in NH during the campaign. Joe should go to all the swing states and begin crying.


23 posted on 09/25/2008 1:05:06 PM PDT by dashing doofus (Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber)
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To: Salena Zito
Did Biden also tell the story about the time he met Mean Joe Green in the hallway to the locker room, handed him a Coke and Mean Joe tossed Biden a jersey?
24 posted on 09/25/2008 1:06:44 PM PDT by ReagansRaiders (Bob McDonnell for (Virginia) Governor - 2009)
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To: Salena Zito
Did Biden also tell the story about the time he met Mean Joe Green in the hallway to the locker room, handed him a Coke and Mean Joe tossed Biden a jersey?
25 posted on 09/25/2008 1:06:52 PM PDT by ReagansRaiders (Bob McDonnell for (Virginia) Governor - 2009)
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To: kesg

Poor, unenlightened soul


26 posted on 09/25/2008 1:07:01 PM PDT by pghoilman (Earth First (we'll drill the rest of the galaxy later).)
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To: Salena Zito

If it was Palin being over “sensitive” they’d be all over the news that night calling her “hormonal”

The polling question would then be...Can a woman be Pres during PMS?


27 posted on 09/25/2008 1:08:05 PM PDT by queenkathy (Pray for my grandson Josh's full recovery)
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To: ReagansRaiders

ok i just fell off of my chair laughing


28 posted on 09/25/2008 1:12:13 PM PDT by Salena Zito (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/blogs/fortyfourthestate/)
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To: Salena Zito

Was it Mean Joe Green’s jersey?


29 posted on 09/25/2008 1:12:23 PM PDT by Rutles4Ever (Ubi Petrus, ibi ecclesia, et ubi ecclesia vita eterna!)
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To: gathersnomoss

I hate when politicians pander to sports fans. And why do they always have to do it towards Steeler fans, of which you should all be if you are not already?


30 posted on 09/25/2008 1:16:53 PM PDT by AmericanFromAmerica
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To: Salena Zito

Sarah Palin became emotional today as well - while visiting Ground Zero in New York.

We all have our priorities...


31 posted on 09/25/2008 1:17:10 PM PDT by Interesting Times (Swiftboating, you say? Check out ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: Rutles4Ever
Was it Mean Joe Green’s jersey?

I think Biden said it was Tom Brady's jersey.

32 posted on 09/25/2008 1:18:07 PM PDT by ReagansRaiders (Bob McDonnell for (Virginia) Governor - 2009)
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To: hampdenkid
And when is the mainstream media going to call him on this outrageous and offensive lie?

When you produce conclusive and definitive proof for them that hell has frozen over.

Personally, I'd like to see the family of the driver go to court and file a lawsuit requesting that Plugs cease and desist from insinuating or claiming that the driver was under the influence.

33 posted on 09/25/2008 1:19:16 PM PDT by Right Cal Gal (Abraham Lincoln would have let Berkeley leave the Union without a fight)
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To: Interesting Times

:)


34 posted on 09/25/2008 1:21:38 PM PDT by Salena Zito (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/blogs/fortyfourthestate/)
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To: Salena Zito
ok i just fell off of my chair laughing.

Well I didn't fall, but I came close....real close. That is sooo something waiting to be photoshopped or movie shopped or whatever it is you do.

35 posted on 09/25/2008 1:25:20 PM PDT by Right Cal Gal (Abraham Lincoln would have let Berkeley leave the Union without a fight)
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To: hampdenkid
hampdenkid wrote: "Did he tearfully re-tell the lie about his wife being killed by a “drunken” truck driver? And when is the mainstream media going to call him on this outrageous and offensive lie?"

Biden told a lie about his wife being killed? Man, what a shameless liar that guy is! How can he honestly expect people not to find out he is lying about something like that?
36 posted on 09/25/2008 1:27:10 PM PDT by rubeng
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To: trublu

Bleier hadn’t recovered from his Vietnam wound sufficiently to make the active roster until 1972 and wasn’t a starter until the 1974 season.

Biden is amazingly full of it.


37 posted on 09/25/2008 1:27:31 PM PDT by MediaMole (If Plan A is to take multiple .338 shots to the back, you really need to come up with a Plan B.)
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To: Salena Zito

Like when he watched FDR on TV in 1920 talking about the Depression...or when his helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan?


38 posted on 09/25/2008 1:37:46 PM PDT by KriegerGeist (I guess I'm now a "Bitter Clinger" to my guns and religion.)
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To: kesg
"I hate the Pittsburgh Steelers."

Meeeeeee too.
39 posted on 09/25/2008 1:41:54 PM PDT by SomethingTopher (I Am Faster Than 80% of All Snakes.)
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To: trublu

Yes, politicians do, um, embellish, don’t they?


40 posted on 09/25/2008 1:43:41 PM PDT by MoreGovLess (The USA has one main political party: the Kleptocrats)
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To: Salena Zito
Oh No!!!

I knew we would wind up with Biden crying before this election is over!!

41 posted on 09/25/2008 1:45:19 PM PDT by LADY J
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To: Salena Zito
Stand up, Chuck!


42 posted on 09/25/2008 1:48:41 PM PDT by Sig Sauer P220 (Conceal carry - Don't leave home without it.)
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To: SomethingTopher

Steelers: 5 Super Bowls, no cheating.


43 posted on 09/25/2008 1:51:17 PM PDT by MoreGovLess (The USA has one main political party: the Kleptocrats)
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To: Interesting Times

Sorry... I thought Biden’s “tearing up” was about the Steelers rather than his tragic family accident. I withdraw my previous comment and vow to read the article occasionally before posting.


44 posted on 09/25/2008 3:07:13 PM PDT by Interesting Times (Swiftboating, you say? Check out ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: Salena Zito

45 posted on 09/25/2008 3:16:44 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Don't tase me, Pa!)
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To: trublu
IIRC, Rocky didn't start as a Steeler until 1974. He was on the roster in 1968, went to Viet Nam, was injured, and came back in bad shape. Took him two years to retrain and only in ‘74 broke the starting lineup. How would Biden know him as the Steeler that he became before he became it? OK, maybe a Kerryism there...
46 posted on 09/25/2008 3:32:19 PM PDT by pghkevin (Have you hugged your kids today? Have you thanked someone in the Military today?)
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To: gathersnomoss

Life long Steelers fan here also. The Rooneys are all class.


47 posted on 09/25/2008 4:14:07 PM PDT by Lazarus Starr
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