Skip to comments.WH: Hey, who doesn’t like and respect Joe Biden?
Posted on 01/08/2014 7:59:48 AM PST by Kaslin
Most of the attention from Robert Gates’ new memoir has focused on its impact on Barack Obama and the presumed 2016 campaign of Hillary Clinton. The former Secretary of Defense sharply criticizes both for playing politics with the lives of soldiers, even though Gates’ memoir also includes praise for both in other contexts. The one politician who gets no nuance from Gates, though, is Joe Biden. Gates slams the Vice President for having “been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades,” which Allahpundit joked yesterday constitutes proof of the book’s accuracy.
Oddly, the White House appears to be taking that kind of attack seriously:
The White House voiced its support Tuesday for Vice President Joe Biden, responding to the release excerpts of former Secretary of Defense Robert Gatess new book in which he slams Biden for being consistently wrong over his decades of government service.
The president disagrees with Secretary Gates assessment from his leadership on the Balkans in the Senate, to his efforts to end the war in Iraq, Joe Biden has been one of the leading statesmen of his time, and has helped advance Americas leadership in the world, National Security Council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden said in a statement. President Obama relies on [Bidens] good counsel every day.
This was the first, and so far only salvo from their rapid-response political team, Politico noted:
While the White House was quick to stick up for Biden, officials have not yet weighed in on some of the more serious claims made against the president and his first-term secretary of state, Hillary Clinton. Gates contends that Clinton and Obama both freely admitted that their opposition to the 2007 surge in Iraq was driven by political considerations.
One might understand why the White House wouldn’t act to defend Hillary Clinton, since she’s not in the administration any longer. But why defend Biden ahead of Obama? The White House went so far as to schedule a rare opportunity for anyone else but official photographer Pete Souza to take pictures of the President … having lunch with Joe Biden.
They are taking this seriously, even if no one else takes Biden seriously. Biden has made noises about running for the presidency himself in 2016, but Sean Sullivan notes that this line from Gates may spell doom for those hopes, even if those hopes were pretty unrealistic anyway:
Gates’s appraisal of Biden on what is arguably his signature issue — Biden was chairman of the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee — stands to feed doubts about seriousness and qualifications that have already been planted in the minds of voters across the country.
It’s the latest piece of discouraging news for Biden, who has been doing the kinds of things one does when they are seriously considering a White House bid. Things like spending time in Iowa and raising money for the governor of New Hampshire, for example.
Nearly one in five Iowa Democrats and almost six out of 10 Iowans said they viewed Biden unfavorably in a recent Des Moines Register poll. Sixty-two percent of Iowa voters (and 33 percent of Democratic voters there) said they did not think he would make a good president in a Quinnipiac University poll. We’re talking about a state where Biden won only about 1 percent in the 2008 Democratic presidential caucuses.
So why leap to Biden’s defense, even ahead of Obama’s? Perhaps because Obama needs Biden as a front for his own foreign policy, a shield that assumes Biden has gravitas in the first place. The only people who seem to think that, though, are Joe Biden and Barack Obama.
I have no respect for Kerry and little for Plugs.
When it comes to the WH, Joe is the least of this country’s problems.
Hey, who doesnt like and respect Joe Biden?
Hmmm! That's a tough one! Let me take a wild shot in the dark here. Anyone with more than 50 IQ points? Is that too high a guess?
Is applicable the WHS (scumbags) and their response to Gates' book.
I don’t dislike Biden, but he is one of the few individuals in the multiverse who is dumber than the Obamadork.
I despise biden and he has a lifetime of lying and conning and stealing to prove is is not worthy of any respect... and he is not a moral man and he has no ethics in his life... what-so-ever... he is a Reprobate to the 10th power.
I don’t dislike Biden personally because I have no contact with him to elicit such an emotional response but before he was made VP I hated him politically for voting 100% of the time with the Democrat party on literally everything they had to vote on.
C-span showed me that and I was not surprised when he was elected VP, he’s the perfect dupe for a President who has an agenda and needs a ‘yes’ man around.
Nobody says Biden is stupid in so many words. They just say he was nineteen years old before he learned to wave goodbye.
So tell me Joe, what is the best way to eat caviar?
But Bob says he’s a “man of integrity.” See
Maybe that’s why it’s in quotes in the article. ;o)
Anybody with a functioning brain? So I guess he's OK with the liberal electorate. Actually, I kinda "like" the guy in the sense that he's good comic relief, so long as he's not within 100 miles of any lever of power.
In answer to the question posed in the title: The list is too long to provide without maxxing out the FR bandwidth.
It is the ONLY time when Obama is not the dumbest one in the room.
Who doesnt like and respect Joe Biden?.
The sane ones.
No respect of course, but who wouldn't want Joe Biden as entertainment at a cocktail party?
It’s all fun and games until he hits on your mom and pukes on the hors d’oeuvres table...
JOE BIDEN: Making Obama look a little less stupid since 1/20/2009.
The Democrats are having a Civil War!
Whatever will they do when their party is split in two?
Will Mrs. Bill Clinton be harmed by this?
Will the Leftstream Media side with Hilly or Barry?
Transparent TRUTH is such a cruel master!
Could the Democrats be headed for disaster?
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I have no respect for any of the rats, especially the main rat
Just now KFI radio news LA. Statement from the WH.
“Joe Biden is one of the greatest statesmen of his time.”
Given the state of statescraft, this could be a true statesman.
I’ve always thought of Biden as a half-witted idiot. He is proof that in America someone with no intellectual savvy on his plate can rise to the very top of power and influence. It happens all the time in the Democratic Party, but none have done it with the jester-like buffoonery Joe gives us.
Joe’s a SOCIALIST DEMOCRAT. What do you expect
I get the feeling this sudden high regard for Obama's Court Fool is more about messing with Hillary's mind than it is about Joe Biden. I'm not sure even Biden is deluded enough to consider himself a viable candidate, nor do I think he really wants it.
I think that Old Joe really wants nothing more than a gated community in a warm place with a decent golf course. And a bar. One where he can run a tab.
So THAT explains it!
Uh, where does the line start for rebuttals?
Who doesn’t like Biden?..........Am I too late to vote?
"Nobody Doesn't Like Jackson Lee..."