Saturday, November 7, 2009

The Weekly Bidenism

When last we left our brainless Vice President, he was busy lying about his educational background while slapping down a questioner at a campaign stop. You may recall that Biden tried to explain his lying outburst as mere exaggeration. . . apparently, in Joe’s world, exaggeration isn’t lying, and he exaggerates when he gets angry. So today, we test just how deep his untruthfulness goes. Get ready for The Weekly Bidenism.

It is August 23, 1987. Slow Joe is in the middle of a debate (with reality) when he whips out this little family history:

“Why is it that Joe Biden is the first in his family ever to go to a university? . . . Is it because our fathers and mothers were not bright? Is it because I'm the first Biden in generations to get a college and a graduate degree that I was smarter than the rest? Was it that they didn't work hard, my ancestors who worked in the coal mines of Northeast Pennsylvania and would come up after 12 hours and play football for four hours? It's because they didn't have a platform upon which to stand.”
But Biden wasn’t the first person in his family to attend college. Nor were his ancestors coal miners. So where did this come from? Check out the words from a political commercial by British Labor Party Leader Neil Kinnock:
“Why am I the first Kinnock in a thousand generations to be able to get to university? Was it because our predecessors were thick? Was it because they were weak, those people who could work eight hours underground as coal miners and come up and play football, weak? It was because there was no platform upon which they could stand.”
Yikes. So not only did Biden plagiarize this speech without attribution, but he tried to pass off Neil Kinnock’s personal history as his own!!

Following this incident, Biden was caught plagiarizing speeches from Robert Kennedy and Hubert Humphries, as well. He withdrew from the race for the Democratic nomination on September 23, exactly one month after channeling Kinnock.

A bitter Biden would later state, “All I had to say was ‘Like Kinnock.’ If I’d just said those two words, ‘Like Kinnock,’ and I didn’t. It was my fault, nobody else’s fault.” It was indeed your fault Joe, but it goes well beyond simple plagiarism. In fact, adding “like Kinnock” would do nothing to change the fact that you fabricated your family history.

Joe, however, never understood how sick it was for him to fake his family history. Indeed, he found the whole thing amusing, as evidenced by his handing Kinnock a bound copy of Biden’s speeches in January 1998, and jokingly telling the assembled reporters that Kinnock “was welcome to use [any of Biden’s speeches] whenever he liked, with or without attribution.”

He also introduced Kinnock to his Senate staff in August 2008 by saying: “Hey, you people! Do you know this guy? He used to be my greatest speechwriter.”

So much for remorse.


With the election on Tuesday resulting in Republican Robert McConnell crushing Democrat Creigh Deeds by 18% in Virginia, it’s worth pointing out this little puzzler from Slow Joe on October 8, 2009, wherein Joe seems to accuse Creigh of lacking faith. . . a great thing to say at a fundraiser for Deeds:
“I hope to God you understand this race is winnable.”
Maybe not.


StanH said...

That’s classic Biden, and even in ’87 it took fifteen minutes to put together his blatant plagiarism. Barry should have gone to the zoo, and picked a retarded monkey for his VP. At least there would be visual entertainment, as the crowds shuffle by the guide speaks, “look kids, there’s the VP sitting in a tree eating a banana.” Written on the wall under the VP Seal, “I sling poo.”

AndrewPrice said...

Stan, That would have been an improvement!

I think this one really shows you how deep his pathalogy goes. Seriously, his life has been outlined a dozen times, and yet he thinks he can get away with just making up new family history? Wow.

LawHawkSF said...

Andrew: Biden and Obama lie routinely about nearly everything, except when they're telling the truth after getting the facts entirely wrong. The difference is, Obama has mesmerized a large portion of America into thinking his lofty baloney might be true. Nobody makes that mistake with Biden. So I give Biden plus points for genuine jackassery and negative points to Obama for "truthiness."

LL said...

Typical Joe, an intellectual lightweight in his job as assistant to THE intellectual lightweight.

He needs to be put in the old folks home, where he can brag to the other senile folks that HE, not Gore, invented the Internet.

AndrewPrice said...

LL, I keep thinking of Gore and his truth-telling problems every time I write these.

You're right about your description, a lightweight working for a lightweight. Yet somehow, they are running the most powerful country in the world. Amazing.

AndrewPrice said...

Lawhawk, One of the reasons that I started with Biden's biggest lies is that I want people to understand, this guy isn't some foolish, mascot-like goofball. He's a sick little man who thinks nothing of lying and stealing the words of others, who has a massive anger streak, and has never once shown contrition.

LawHawkSF said...

Andrew: I agree. There is a difference though. We have so many years of hard evidence on Biden that even his bitterness and viciousness become parody. It will take years to reach that point with Obama, who adds the element of genuine dislike for everything American.

Writer X said...

Hilarious, Andrew. Whenever Slow Joe starts to speak about himself in the third person, it's pretty much a guarantee that a lie is about to follow. It's amazing to me that this guy has been allowed to get away with it for so long--and gets elected Vice-President! He and Obama are perfect bookends.

AndrewPrice said...

Writer X, Thanks, though I have a good speechwriter in Mr. Biden! ;-)

I agree, they're perfect book ends. Biden who wouldn't know the truth if it bit him in the rear, and Obama who wouldn't know the facts if his life depended on it.

Tennessee Jed said...

Since I was a Philly guy, I was well familiar with this story. I think at the time, we awarded Joltin' Jow with the Hasty Pudding Ted Kenney award for distinguished plagiarism award.

AndrewPrice said...

Jed, LOL! That would be one of the few awards he legitimately earned!

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