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.