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Across the entire nation, even though the population has increased, the number and the rates of murder and rape are down from 2008 through 2010, according to crime statistics prepared from F.B.I. and public arrest records. So, relax, Joe. The jobs bill is not the answer. It’s not even the question.
From his gutter language to Freudian slips, Old Joe has had more than anyone’s share of spoken flubs in recent political history. On the Fox News morning show Oct. 5, the vice president referred to Van Jones, the former Green Czar of the Obama administration and an admitted Communist, as still being a valued member of the Obama team. Jones left the White House in 2009.
It’s not even surprising anymore when the vice president says something impolitic, is it? 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.
It was following his introduction of President Obama during the health care bill’s signing ceremony, he turned to the president and uttered the following barely-off microphone comment: “This is a big f______ deal,” the ultimate blue-collar compliment for a job well done.
The stale, old joke: “How do you tell when a politician’s lying? When he opens his mouth,” may have profound meaning here. Biden has an unenviable track record lying about foreign policy issues.
Take the conflict in Kosovo. Biden—the purported foreign policy expert– was alleging genocide. On CNN, Biden said, “We’re going to find that the atrocities far exceed anything anyone’s known. We’re going to find mass graves with thousands of people in them, and we’re going to have to unmask for the Serbs and all the world what has happened here so it doesn’t happen again.”
In 2001, Milosevic was put on trial at The Hague. It was a fiasco for the prosecution. The evidence unearthed was nothing like what Biden alleged. The number of bodies uncovered was 2,000 to 3,000, according to news reports at the time. Biden was the ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee then, and was in a position to know that what he was saying was untrue.
“I’ve never done some of the things that were alleged,” Biden has said. “I never plagiarized in law school.” But the record says he did. They show he swiped several pages from the Fordham Law review. He got an F for the course when his professors found out, according to a Washington Post report.
The day he announced his candidacy, Barack Obama was described by Joe Biden as “articulate, bright and clean and a nice looking guy.”
Biden Oct. 23 hinted he may run for President in 2016. “I don’t think the President would have picked me unless he thought I’d be good at the job,” he commented with his usual modesty. In 2008, as a candidate, Biden got less than one percent of the delegates in the Iowa caucus. He also ran for president in 1988. Good Old Joe would be 74 on election day in 2016.
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