by Mike Towle
We all need a good laugh now and then, especially at the expense of a big-shot politician who opens his mouth and removes all doubt about his inherent idiocy, lovable lunacy or daffy demeanor that again and again makes him a late-night-TV punchline. And when it comes to goofy gaffes and dimwitted declarations, nobody does it better than America's most beloved uncle figure, smilin' Joe Biden.
Biden at his verbally vapid worst is at his all-time best in "Biden Time." This collection of the current VP's most memorably moronic or misfired quotes over the last 40-plus years paints a picture of a man notoriously at odds with saying what he means. Since 2008, Biden, as U.S. vice president, has served at the pleasure of President Barack Obama. At times the pleasure has been all ours as we await the next inevitable Biden faux pas. Chock-full of QR codes, "Biden Time" brings to mind video clips of Uncle Joe spouting his brand of rhetoric reminiscent of the classic gems we've heard before, such as:
- "A man I'm proud to call my friend. A man who will be the next president of the United States - Barack America!" (Biden, at his first campaign rally with Barack Obama.)
- "You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. ... I'm not joking." (Biden, in a private remark to an Indian-American man.)
- "Stand up, Chuck, let 'em see ya." (Biden, in a public speech, to Missouri state senator Chuck Graham, who is confined to a wheelchair.)
- "If we do everything right, if we do it with absolute certainty, there's still a 30 percent chance we're going to get it wrong." (Biden, speaking to members of the House Democratic Caucus.)
"Biden Time" not only covers what Biden has said in recent years as vice president, it also goes back several decades, covering scandals throughout his career.
Perhaps Biden should take a cue from his boss, President Obama: Speak only when there is a teleprompter in front of you. Then again, a totally teleprompted Biden wouldn't brandish the same kind of charm that makes Uncle Joe one of America' most prominent shoot-from-the-hip public personas. "Biden Time" illustrates how one man can simultaneously be adored by Democrats as "just one of the guys," yet delightfully abhorred by Republicans who see Biden as the poster guy for all that is misguided about the Obama administration.
About the Author
Mike Towle, veteran writer and author of more than 15 books, has been writing for publication since he was a 15-year-old covering his high school basketball team for the local paper. Over the years he has worked full-time as a reporter or editor. A native of Vermont, a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, a former Army officer, a huge fan of hyphens and big-shot, foot-in-mouth politicians, Towle resides in the Nashville, Tenn., area.
- Paperback: 160 pages
- Dimension: 5.5 x 8.25
- Publisher: WND Books (August 4, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1938067967
- ISBN-13: 978-1938067969