There’s Mickey Mouse, Mighty Mouse and pipsqueak Biden. In a long-running comedy, Lunch-Bucket Joe is a Disney character in real time. His job is never to have a job and he’s been really, really successful, the kind of guy who hates wars and supports the troops and a guy who smiles when he has no idea what he’s smiling about. .

During a White House St. Patrick’s Day celebration, he briefly mourned the death of the Irish Prime Minister’s mother, even though she was very much alive. And on the Tuesday, immediately following his introduction of President Obama during the health care bill’s signing ceremony, he turned to the Commander in Chief and uttered the following barely-off microphone comment: “This is a big f______ deal.” With his use of the F word, Biden offered the ultimate blue-collar acknowledgment of a job well done. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs quickly came to the Vice President’s defense with a simple note on his official Twitter feed: “And yes, Mr. Vice President, you’re right…”

President Trump said: “The Biden’s make crooked Hillary Clinton look like an absolute amateur, and she’s pretty bad,” he said.


Feb. 6, 2009

“If we do everything right, if we do it with absolute certainty, there’s still a 30% chance we’re going to get it wrong.”

 Joe Biden, speaking to members of the House Democratic caucus who were gathered in Williamsburg, Va., for their annual retreat.

Jan. 21, 2009

“Am I doing this again? … My memory is not as good as Justice Roberts’.”

— Biden, alluding to Supreme Court Justice John Roberts, who flubbed a line during Barack Obama’s presidential oath the previous day, before swearing in members of his senior staff. Obama, standing nearby, shook his head disapprovingly and gave Biden a stern poke.

Oct. 20, 2008

“Remember, I said it standing here, if you don’t remember anything else I said. Watch, we’re going to have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy.”

— Joe Biden, telling donors at a private fundraiser in Seattle that Barack Obama will likely be tested by an international crisis during his first few months in office.

The GOP pounced on the Veep candidate’s remark, saying it underscored Obama’s inexperience. McCain made it a major talking point at rallies and in TV ads, claiming that unlike Obama, he had already been tested. The Obama camp, at pains to explain what point the gaffe-prone Senator was trying to make, said that he was referencing a “simple fact that history shows Presidents face challenges from day one.”

Sept. 10, 2008

“Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am to be Vice President of the United States of America. Let’s get that straight. She’s a truly close personal friend. She is qualified to be President of the United States of America. She’s easily qualified to be Vice President of the United States of America. Quite frankly, it might have been a better pick than me. But she’s first rate.”

— Joe Biden, suggesting Obama’s former rival Senator Hillary Clinton might have been a better choice for the Vice President than him at a rally in Nashua, N.H.

Jan. 31, 2007

“I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”

 Joe Biden, describing fellow candidate Barack Obama. The remark was made the same day Biden filed the official paperwork to launch his presidential campaign. Biden later apologized and said the remark was taken out of context.

June 17, 2006

“In Delaware, the largest growth of population is Indian Americans, moving from India. You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.”

— Joe Biden, captured on C-SPAN’s “Road to the White House” series, trying to bond with an Indian-American supporter. A Biden spokeswoman later said, “The point Senator Biden was making is that there has been a vibrant Indian-American community in Delaware for decades.”

Aug. 23, 1987

“I started thinking as I was coming over here, Why is it that Joe Biden is the first in his family ever to go to a university?”

— Joe Biden, during his first presidential run, lifting passages and even gestures from a speech by Neil Kinnock without giving credit to the leader of the British Labour Party.

Biden’s problems continued when C-SPAN footage surfaced two weeks later showing Biden inflating his academic record at law school. (His claims included one that he finished in the top half of his class at Syracuse Law School; he graduated 76th of 85.) Though he later called the accusations of plagiarism “much ado about nothing,” he dropped out of the race on Sept. 23.

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