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WH: Hey, who doesn’t like and respect Joe Biden?
Hot Air.com ^ | January 8, 2014 | ED MORRISSEY

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 Gates’s 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 America’s leadership in the world,” National Security Council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden said in a statement. “President Obama relies on [Biden’s] 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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; US: Delaware
KEYWORDS: biden

1 posted on 01/08/2014 7:59:48 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

I have no respect for Kerry and little for Plugs.


2 posted on 01/08/2014 8:01:03 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Kaslin

When it comes to the WH, Joe is the least of this country’s problems.


3 posted on 01/08/2014 8:02:36 AM PST by EagleUSA
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To: Kaslin
Hey, who doesn’t 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?

4 posted on 01/08/2014 8:04:12 AM PST by Standing Wolf (No tyrant should ever be allowed to die of natural causes.)
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To: Kaslin
Seems that Shakespeare's Line: 'thou doth protest too much'

Is applicable the WHS (scumbags) and their response to Gates' book.

5 posted on 01/08/2014 8:06:25 AM PST by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparison.)
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To: Kaslin

I don’t dislike Biden, but he is one of the few individuals in the multiverse who is dumber than the Obamadork.


6 posted on 01/08/2014 8:07:10 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Kaslin

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.


7 posted on 01/08/2014 8:09:57 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: Kaslin

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.


8 posted on 01/08/2014 8:14:29 AM PST by Beowulf9
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To: Kaslin

9 posted on 01/08/2014 8:19:15 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Kaslin

Nobody says Biden is stupid in so many words. They just say he was nineteen years old before he learned to wave goodbye.


10 posted on 01/08/2014 8:28:44 AM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
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To: Kaslin
“President Obama relies on [Biden’s] good counsel every day.”

So tell me Joe, what is the best way to eat caviar?

11 posted on 01/08/2014 8:32:29 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: LibLieSlayer

But Bob says he’s a “man of integrity.” See

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2014/01/07/top-10-revelations-from-robert-gatess-memoir/

Maybe that’s why it’s in quotes in the article. ;o)


12 posted on 01/08/2014 8:42:29 AM PST by Rockitz (This is NOT rocket science - Follow the money and you'll find the truth.)
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To: Kaslin
WH: Hey, who doesn’t like and respect Joe Biden?

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.

13 posted on 01/08/2014 8:47:48 AM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Kaslin

In answer to the question posed in the title: The list is too long to provide without maxxing out the FR bandwidth.


14 posted on 01/08/2014 8:50:16 AM PST by Pecos (The Chicago Way: Kill the Constitution, one step at a time.)
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To: Kaslin
Why does Idi Obama have lunch with Biden once a week?

It is the ONLY time when Obama is not the dumbest one in the room.

15 posted on 01/08/2014 8:55:08 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys-Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat-But they know what's best for you.)
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To: Kaslin

Who doesn’t like and respect Joe Biden?.
The sane ones.


16 posted on 01/08/2014 9:10:24 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: Kaslin
WH: Hey, who doesn’t like and respect Joe Biden?

No respect of course, but who wouldn't want Joe Biden as entertainment at a cocktail party?

5.56mm

17 posted on 01/08/2014 9:13:17 AM PST by M Kehoe
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To: Kaslin

ME !!!!


18 posted on 01/08/2014 9:29:09 AM PST by RaginRak
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To: M Kehoe

It’s all fun and games until he hits on your mom and pukes on the hors d’oeuvres table...


19 posted on 01/08/2014 9:36:06 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: Da Coyote

JOE BIDEN: Making Obama look a little less stupid since 1/20/2009.


20 posted on 01/08/2014 9:36:55 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers
LOL.

5.56mm

21 posted on 01/08/2014 9:40:27 AM PST by M Kehoe
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To: Kaslin

Oh NOES!
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?


22 posted on 01/08/2014 9:43:17 AM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Kaslin

ME!


23 posted on 01/08/2014 9:46:24 AM PST by dalereed
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24 posted on 01/08/2014 9:48:54 AM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: mountainlion

I have no respect for any of the rats, especially the main rat


25 posted on 01/08/2014 9:54:53 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

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.


26 posted on 01/08/2014 10:06:15 AM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: Kaslin

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.


27 posted on 01/08/2014 10:06:24 AM PST by pallis
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To: EagleUSA

Joe’s a SOCIALIST DEMOCRAT. What do you expect


28 posted on 01/08/2014 10:24:31 AM PST by spawn44 ( moo)
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To: Kaslin

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.

29 posted on 01/08/2014 11:25:54 AM PST by Kenton
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To: Kaslin
“President Obama relies on [Biden’s] good counsel every day.”

So THAT explains it!

30 posted on 01/08/2014 12:15:10 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Kaslin
WH: Hey, who doesn’t like and respect Joe Biden?

Uh, where does the line start for rebuttals?

31 posted on 01/08/2014 2:10:34 PM PST by Fedupwithit (Your opinion: It's all yours....don't expect me to listen to it, or even acknowledge it..)
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To: Fedupwithit

Who doesn’t like Biden?..........Am I too late to vote?


32 posted on 01/08/2014 3:17:35 PM PST by DaveA37
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To: Kaslin
In the same vein as-

"Nobody Doesn't Like Jackson Lee..."

33 posted on 01/08/2014 4:20:28 PM PST by mikrofon ( [no] Class Clowns)
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