Skip to comments.Credit Where Credit Is Due: Vice President Biden Spent Christmas With Wounded at Walter Reed
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.
Thank you, Mr. Vice President.
IF TRUE, Joe Biden deserves a pat on the back.
I’ll give plugs his due on this one. For once.
His boss, never.
God bless Joe Biden. That is tremendous.
Biden has some class. His boss, not.
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
Thank you, Mr. Vice President.
Mind if we call you ‘Joe’?
Biden didn’t bring the media along like O did when he went to Dover.
Not just Christmas but also Thanksgiving.
I think the Veep gets a pass from me for quite some time now.
And thanks Kristinn, for letting us know.
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.
Thank you Mr. Vice President.
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.
Thumbs up to Mr and Mrs VP!!!
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.
Well done, Vice President Biden.
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.
Yes, that is a nice thing to do.
I’m stunned - sounds more like something President Bush and Lady Laura would have done - but nice news to hear.
This is nice to read.
“This is nice to read.”
And, considering the subject, should remain so.
Thank you, Mr. [Constitutionally eligible for the office you hold] Vice President.
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.
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.
Bravo Mr.Vice President!
Nice going, Joe.
Isn't a genuine bone in the guys body.
It is always nice to be pleasantly surprised.
I’d cut him some slack.
I appreciate his momments of unguarded honesty, until his boss’s spokesbutthole says he was just kidding.
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.
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.
Well done Mr. Biden.
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.
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.
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.
Joe’s son has served in Iraq. I would like to believe he was sincere in the visit.
Awwhhh you made me spill things!
Great touch of realism to this thread.
Don’t be fooled!
Vote them all out!!!!!!
Props to Plugs.
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.
I always believed he was a nice guy if not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Bless his heart.
Thank you VP Biden. Merry Christmas.
Thank you, Mr. Vice President.
Me too. Thank You Mr. Biden.