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Credit Where Credit Is Due: Vice President Biden Spent Christmas With Wounded at Walter Reed
Monday, January 4, 2010 | Kristinn

Posted on 01/04/2010 4:43:07 PM PST by kristinn

News of Vice President Biden's low-key visit to Walter Reed Army Medical Center on Christmas Day was buried in the wake of the terror attack on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 and the subsequent bungled response by his already vacationing boss, Barack Obama.

But for all the grief Obama rightly took for his exhorbitant, self-indulgent extended stay in Hawaii over Christmas and New Year's, Biden should be credited with spending much of his Christmas with our wounded warriors and their families.

As Free Republic's Walter Reed regulars know, Christmas at Walter Reed can be quite lonesome as the hospital and service groups work to send as many patients home for the holidays as they can for short visits. Those remaining at the hospital face an extra tough time.

The Hill was the only outlet to write a complete story about the visit:

Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden on Christmas Day made an unexpected visit to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

The couple attended the hospital's annual Christmas Day dinner,helped serve food and spent time thanking patients and their families for their military service.

The Bidens were expected to spend Christmas in Wilmington, Del., the vice president's hometown.

Afterwards, the Bidens visited with patients and families in the Intensive Care Unit who were unable to attend dinner.

According to Politico the news of the visit was came from: ...an updated daily guidance issued by the White House after the event. Previous guidances had said the Bidens had no public schedule for the day.

Fox News was also one of the few to report on Biden's visit.

The White House posted two photos at its Flickr account:


Dr. Jill Biden serves lunch to patients and staff in the dining facility at Walter Reed Army Medical Center on Christmas Day, December 25, 2009. The Vice President and Dr. Biden served Christmas lunch and met with families and wounded soldiers during their visit to Walter Reed. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)


Vice President Joe Biden serves lunch to patients and staff in the dining facility at Walter Reed Army Medical Center on Christmas Day, December 25, 2009. The Vice President and Dr. Biden served Christmas lunch and met with families and wounded soldiers during their visit to Walter Reed. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

I just hope Biden wasn't serving fish sticks again.

Biden hosted military families at the Vice President's residence on Thanksgiving.


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bhochristmas; jillbiden; joebiden; merrychristmas; supportourtroops; vpbiden; walterreed; wia
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1 posted on 01/04/2010 4:43:08 PM PST by kristinn
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To: kristinn

Thank you, Mr. Vice President.


2 posted on 01/04/2010 4:45:19 PM PST by SueRae
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To: kristinn

IF TRUE, Joe Biden deserves a pat on the back.


3 posted on 01/04/2010 4:45:49 PM PST by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: kristinn

I’ll give plugs his due on this one. For once.
His boss, never.


4 posted on 01/04/2010 4:46:00 PM PST by DeusExMachina05 (I will not go into Dhimmitude quietly.)
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To: SueRae

ditto!


5 posted on 01/04/2010 4:46:11 PM PST by MissDairyGoodnessVT (Free Nobel Peace Prize with oil change =^..^=)
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To: kristinn

God bless Joe Biden. That is tremendous.


6 posted on 01/04/2010 4:46:27 PM PST by Dems_R_Losers (U.S. Out of My Doctor's Office!!)
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To: kristinn

Biden has some class. His boss, not.


7 posted on 01/04/2010 4:47:30 PM PST by dynachrome (Barack Hussein Obama yunikku khinaaziir!)
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To: DeusExMachina05

i will have to add that even the MSM had nothing to say about an individual who put COUNTRY BEFORE SELF not like some people we know & hear about in Hawaii

Thank You Mr. Vice President


8 posted on 01/04/2010 4:48:10 PM PST by MissDairyGoodnessVT (Free Nobel Peace Prize with oil change =^..^=)
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To: kristinn

Thank you, Mr. Vice President.
Mind if we call you ‘Joe’?


9 posted on 01/04/2010 4:48:29 PM PST by frankenMonkey ("Natural Born Citizen" - US Constitution, 1787; "Words have meaning" - Barack Obama, 2009)
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To: kristinn

Biden didn’t bring the media along like O did when he went to Dover.


10 posted on 01/04/2010 4:49:46 PM PST by AU72
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To: kristinn

Not just Christmas but also Thanksgiving.

I think the Veep gets a pass from me for quite some time now.

;-)


11 posted on 01/04/2010 4:50:28 PM PST by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur)
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To: kristinn

Thanks, Joe.

And thanks Kristinn, for letting us know.


12 posted on 01/04/2010 4:50:30 PM PST by SaxxonWoods (Gone Galt and loving it)
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To: kristinn

Props to the veep. There are many things I don’t dig about the guy, but this alone shows that he’s a better man than his boss. Zero would have never gone there without lots of fanfare and press releases.


13 posted on 01/04/2010 4:51:02 PM PST by Two Kids' Dad (((( I'm voting for Piper Palin's mommy in 2012 ))))
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To: kristinn
Well done, Mr. Biden.
14 posted on 01/04/2010 4:51:33 PM PST by ishabibble (ALL-AMERICAN INFIDEL)
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To: kristinn

Thank you Mr. Vice President.


15 posted on 01/04/2010 4:53:07 PM PST by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: kristinn

Kudos to Joe for taking time out from...uh...well...um...I’m sure there’s other things that he could have been doing, although I can’t think of them yet.

Still, a low-key visit to the troops over the holiday will always get a thumbs-up from me.


16 posted on 01/04/2010 4:53:16 PM PST by AmishDude
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To: SueRae
Thank you, Mr. Vice President.

Amen.

17 posted on 01/04/2010 4:53:36 PM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Remember Neda Agha-Soltan|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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To: kristinn

Thumbs up to Mr and Mrs VP!!!


18 posted on 01/04/2010 4:53:44 PM PST by tubebender (Some minds are like concrete Thoroughly mixed up and permanently set...)
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To: kristinn

Absolutely, Mr. Vice President, you hit it outta the park and you deserve an enormous amount of credit for doing what you did.

Thank you from all true and Patriot Americans.


19 posted on 01/04/2010 4:55:43 PM PST by nesnah
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To: kristinn

Well done, Vice President Biden.


20 posted on 01/04/2010 4:55:46 PM PST by snowsislander
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To: kristinn

To be honest, I’m not totally surprised. He’s not my cup of political tea, and has that gaffe thing going, but I DO think he’s a genuine American who respects our troops. So good on ole uncle Joe and Dr. Jill.


21 posted on 01/04/2010 4:56:06 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: kristinn

Yes, that is a nice thing to do.


22 posted on 01/04/2010 4:56:47 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: kristinn

I’m stunned - sounds more like something President Bush and Lady Laura would have done - but nice news to hear.


23 posted on 01/04/2010 4:56:57 PM PST by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (I support Coach Mike Leach and think Gerald Meyers should be run out of Lubbock!)
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To: kristinn

This is nice to read.


24 posted on 01/04/2010 4:57:12 PM PST by KJC1
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To: KJC1

“This is nice to read.”

And, considering the subject, should remain so.


25 posted on 01/04/2010 4:58:56 PM PST by nesnah
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To: kristinn

Thank you, Mr. [Constitutionally eligible for the office you hold] Vice President.


26 posted on 01/04/2010 4:59:07 PM PST by thecodont
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To: kristinn
'Course, the cynic in me would point out that his son is a presumed Senate candidate who is a JAG officer and so Biden wants to keep a connection to the military so that Biden fils can use his service as a bloody shirt.
27 posted on 01/04/2010 4:59:35 PM PST by AmishDude
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To: kristinn

Bill Clinton also wrote a lot of letters to people when no one was looking. While I appreciate what Biden did as far as I am concerned this is the sort of thing I would expect someone in that position to do. In other words — thanks Mr VP for doing your job.


28 posted on 01/04/2010 5:00:00 PM PST by plain talk
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To: kristinn

You can give him credit, k.

I look at his overall betrayal of the cause and choose to put this up as mostly a photo op.

Just like the spouse who ignores his obligation 11 months a year, and then gets all huggy kissy at Christmas time.


29 posted on 01/04/2010 5:00:19 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: kristinn
This must partly explain Obambi's disdain for Biden..


30 posted on 01/04/2010 5:00:34 PM PST by Chet 99
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To: kristinn

Bravo Mr.Vice President!


31 posted on 01/04/2010 5:01:54 PM PST by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: kristinn

Nice going, Joe.


32 posted on 01/04/2010 5:02:12 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: kristinn
Sorry, but when Biden thundered out onto the field at the end of the Little League World Series in the middle of the kids celebration it became very obvious that he is a cold calculating SOB who will use anyone at anytime for a photo op.

Isn't a genuine bone in the guys body.

33 posted on 01/04/2010 5:03:06 PM PST by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: kristinn

It is always nice to be pleasantly surprised.


34 posted on 01/04/2010 5:10:15 PM PST by AK_47_7.62x39
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To: Rome2000

I’d cut him some slack.

I appreciate his momments of unguarded honesty, until his boss’s spokesbutthole says he was just kidding.


35 posted on 01/04/2010 5:11:39 PM PST by JusPasenThru (Are you going to kiss me first?)
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To: kristinn

Believe it or not, I have always kinda liked Biden. I think he is a decent human being, I think he is probably not as liberal as the rest of them.


36 posted on 01/04/2010 5:16:51 PM PST by Paradox (ObamaCare = Logan's Run ; There is no Sanctuary!)
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To: kristinn

Biden may be a gaffe prone goof , but, he trumps Barry in every way.
He’s an American.
He doesn’t hate America.
He has a son serving in the military.
He doesn’t treat the military like just a photo op.
He’s not a drug addict or alcoholic.
He can sing the National Anthem and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
He respects the American flag and American traditions.
He doesn’t know the words, nor can he sing, “ in pitch perfect Arabic “ the Muslim call to prayer.
He actually worships in a church.
He’s not a Muslim.
He’s not effeminate nor does he spend every waking hour with his special friend, Reggie Love.
No one has ever claimed to have done coke with him.
No one has ever claimed to have a homosexual relationship with him.
And his wife looks like a woman, not a hulking, juiced up tranny.


37 posted on 01/04/2010 5:17:36 PM PST by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: kristinn

Well done Mr. Biden.


38 posted on 01/04/2010 5:19:01 PM PST by Round 9
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To: JusPasenThru
I’d cut him some slack.

Are you kidding?

This insane SOB supports the commie son of a whore's marxist policies 1000%.

If he cared so much about the troops and American victory, he would call Obama the communist bastard he is and resign.

There is NOTHING these phony marxist animal socialist crooks can do to redeem themselves.

39 posted on 01/04/2010 5:20:03 PM PST by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: kristinn

Good for them.

Perhaps Biden is starting to realize that Zero is a one-termer and that since he can’t be fired there’s no reason to stay locked away.


40 posted on 01/04/2010 5:21:56 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: kristinn

I don’t believe anything from a dim politician. What self respecting American would tie himself to a kenyan dictator wannabe? He reminds me of algore who would never distance himself from william the first. Birds of a feather works here. ANYONE associated with barry is just as bad as barry. I don’t give a rat’s rear end what he does, his associations speak volumes. He’s a dim. He is the enemy.


41 posted on 01/04/2010 5:26:43 PM PST by Texas resident (Hunkered Down)
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To: kristinn

Joe’s son has served in Iraq. I would like to believe he was sincere in the visit.


42 posted on 01/04/2010 5:47:32 PM PST by ladyvet (WOLVERINES!!!!!)
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To: Wild Irish Rogue

Awwhhh you made me spill things!
Great touch of realism to this thread.

Don’t be fooled!

Vote them all out!!!!!!

RS


43 posted on 01/04/2010 5:50:12 PM PST by RS_Rider (I hate Illinois Nazis)
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To: kristinn

Props to Plugs.


44 posted on 01/04/2010 5:53:06 PM PST by Roccus (ABLE DANGER?????...................What's an ABLE DANGER???)
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To: SueRae

Only the Good Lord knows the man’s motivations, but my sense is that Vice President Biden, despite his politics and affiliations, displays some genuineness as a human being. I have always respected the fact that he has a son serving in the military. If I’m not mistaken his son served in Iraq, and any parent who sends their son or daughter off to war in defense of our country has my admiration whatever their politics may otherwise be.


45 posted on 01/04/2010 5:54:39 PM PST by tjd1454
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To: ladyvet
Thank you, Mr. Vice President.
Classy move.
Especially when Mr. Obama’s White House tried to cover it up.
TWB
46 posted on 01/04/2010 5:56:59 PM PST by TWhiteBear (Islam is an ideology with several elements of Judeo Christian traditions)
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To: ladyvet

I always believed he was a nice guy if not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Bless his heart.


47 posted on 01/04/2010 5:57:30 PM PST by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: kristinn

Thank you VP Biden. Merry Christmas.


48 posted on 01/04/2010 6:02:00 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: kristinn

Thank you, Mr. Vice President.


49 posted on 01/04/2010 6:12:04 PM PST by FourPeas (Why does Professor Presbury's wolfhound, Roy, endeavour to bite him?)
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Me too. Thank You Mr. Biden.

FUBO


50 posted on 01/04/2010 6:15:05 PM PST by Venturer
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