Sometimes I feel sorry for Joe Biden. Our Vice President has to get out there every day and deliver the talking points. He pretends what is bad is good and makes policies we knew wouldn’t work sound like the greatest thing since sliced bread. I guess it goes with the territory. No wonder he wanted Hillary’s job rather than the one he is now doing.

But then I remember that Biden didn’t have to follow this course and back an inexperienced academic in his bid for the Presidency — and I say, you’ve made your own bed now “lie” in it.

ABC’s Jake Tapper interviewed VP Biden who offered a fabulous example of the “bob and weave.” When Tapper asked Biden how many troops would come home from “America’s longest war” in Afghanistan when we reach President Obama’s July 2011 deadline, Biden first told Jonathan Alter:

“In July of 2011 you’re going to see a whole lot of people moving out. Bet on it.”

But now VP Biden is saying it’s not a deadline but a “transition…”

“The military signed on. Petraeus signed on. Everybody signed onto not a deadline, but a transition, a beginning of a transition,” Biden said.

Tapper pressed him – but what did he mean when he said “a whole lot of people” would be “moving out” of Afghanistan?

“What I was responding to was the idea that the president had been outmaneuvered. I was saying make it clear. And so it — it wasn’t so much numbers I meant. It could be as few as a couple thousand troops. It could be more. But there will be a transition,” Biden said.

A few thousand troops, eh? That oughta make everyone happy. But surely when President Obama fired General McChrystal and put General Petraeus in charge of ground operations, any firm timeline went out the window. Outmaneuvered, indeed. How tiresome for Biden et al to pretend that a “transition” is what they planned all along. Let’s go to the videotape!

In discussing the economy and the $787 billion stimulus package, Biden then complained:

“There’s a lot of people at the time argued it was too small,” he said. “A lot of people in our administration…even some Republican economists and some Nobel laureates like Paul Krugman, who continues to argue it was too small.”

He said they needed Republican votes to get it passed and finally found three. Biden also implied the real problem was Republican obstructionism:

But if it wasn’t for the legislative reality, Biden explained, “I think it would have been bigger. I think it would have been bigger. In fact, what we offered was slightly bigger than that. But the truth of the matter is that the recovery package, everybody’s talking about it [like] it’s over. The truth is now, we’re spending more now this summer than we — I’m calling this…the summer of recovery,” the Vice President said.

So let’s follow this logic – Obama/Pelosi proposed legislation they thought they could get through even though they wanted more. But it was those pesky Republicans who wouldn’t give more to them. Never mind the Democratic supermajority they had at the time and the Republicans, with a damaged brand and a minority voice were wandering like nomads in the wilderness.

Biden now says the stimulus should have been bigger to be successful. Yet they withheld half the dough last year, which they could have used to stanch the bleeding and stop the suffering of Americans in 2009. Perhaps they saved a good portion of the “stimulus” package for the “summer of recovery” – the summer of 2010 when Democrats need every vote they can get. Is it cynical of me to assume they held back those funds so they could pump money into the economy in advance of the midterms? Not likely.

Back in February 2009, President Obama sang a different tune. Via Reuters:

“It is the right size, it is the right scope. Broadly speaking it has the right priorities to create jobs that will jump-start our economy and transform it for the 21st century,” Obama said of the more than $800 billion bill at a rally in Elkhart, Indiana.

“I can say with complete confidence that endless delay or paralysis in Washington in the face of this crisis will only bring deepening disaster,” Obama said.

Furthermore, Tapper himself had the goods to call Biden out on the carepet for this falsehood. In January of 2009, Tapper had this to say:

“Obama’s team is pitching a plan that will cost between $675 billion and $775 billion, one that creates three million jobs, 80 percent of them in the private sector,” Tapper said. “But they will face skeptics.”

Looks like they got more than what they wanted, not less. Biden has also gone on the record months ago claiming we would be creating several hundred thousand jobs per month going forward – that also has not come to pass.

Tell me, is any government official going to get on TV and make an honest statement. And is any reporter going to have the guts to call them out on their lack of honesty when they don’t?

  • kenoshamarge cracked cracker

    I believe the Oblahblah Administration likes to send Biden out to play with the media because if, and when, he sticks his foot in his big mouth no one is surprised. Granted he does at times embarrass them but that’s fine because the fact that they embarrass themselves is lost in the blithering idiots in media covering the gaffs of Biden.

    He’s the stooge, the second banana, the fall guy. No doubt he thinks he’s doing important work. No one in the administration is going to explain to him, at least not in words of one syllable that he can understand, just what that work happens to be.

  • PssttCmere

    Guess obama is clearly unfamiliar with the saying “The Buck Stops Here”.  He would rather die than utter those words!!!  He and his lackey, Biden, need to be put out to pasture.

    “Say What You Will…it Feels So Good”

    http://www.saywhatyouwill.proboards.com

  • Joanie in Brooklyn

    Kafir, can you pull your head out of your ass before you comment. please?

  • kafir

    America had the choice: Hillary, Mc Caan or Barry for president.

    But the voters picked Barry!

    Barry is black and Islamic. We know that from our notion a Black African American is good in athletic or entertainment, but when come to using the brain, he/she is lagging. This is  the universal perception and has nothing to do with racial discrimination. 

    Looking at Obama originated from Kenya/Indonesia, and looking at the states of affairs in these two countries, can we expect good management from Mr. Barry in the USA?

    Obama will be the first and last African/Islamic president for the USA. A black African/Muslims American just can’t run the USA peacefully, let alone maintaining her domination/supremacy in the world.

    There is no room for trial and error unless the USA want to be like the anarchy states of Kenya/Indonesia.

  • creeper
  • creeper

    Thanks for the link, lorac.  Hillary had me until she said, “Granted, we haven’t gotten bin Laden yet.”

    As far as I’m concerned, getting bin Laden was the only reason for us to be in Afghanistan.  Almost ten years of searching for this man and we can’t find him.  If we’re no better than that we need to go the hell home.

  • Dario

    Obama is “just words”.

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  • jwrjr

    Boehner said that Republicans would vote for the bill … just as soon as the Dems put into the bill provisions for how the bill was to be paid for.  But you won’t see that little detail on the LameStream Media.  Nor will you see how the Dems propose to pay for everything.

  • Concerned

    If you posted this 2 years ago, you’d be laughed out of the house and branded a racist. I wonder how many will laugh now.

    Sigh…we did tell ’em so… 🙁

  • lorac
  • karen for Clinton

    The video is up at Greta’s site on Fox.  It ended very abruptly.  Hillary says a very strong and clear meaning RIGHT and then the audio cuts out but you can see her mouth something and she has this strange oops look on her face as she goes to unclip her mic and the video stops.  Anyone read lips well?

    She is clearly against her boss going after Az.  One word said it all.

  • Mark

    Obama claimed he was in charge of the oil spill since he wanted to take credit when it was plugged.  Since that did not work out the way he envisioned it, Obama is now trying to take credit for creating jobs cleaning up the oil.

    Obama’s next plan for creating jobs?  Old fashion riots, send the black panthers out to burn down cities and the WU to blow up cities (Ayers whined that he did not do enough so let him fulfill his fantasy).  The lib media is dying for this kind of coverage and look at all the jobs that will be needed to rebuild the cities. 

    On top of this amnesty will be passed.  Not only do we need all of the illegals here to rebuild the cities, we need more illegals to help.  Amnesty guaranteed for anyone who can make it across the border.  If you can’t make it, we will have buses to pick you up and bring you across the border, compliments of the US taxpayer.

    And for Obama a third book:  “How I manipulated and destroyed America”.  Yet another book about his favorite topic:  Himself.  

  • Justine

    Of courseObummer can’t use any the stimulus funds for extension of unemployment insurance — that’s his personal slush fund, don’t you know??

    BTW, any accounting of the zillions being spent by this administration for flying everywhere (usually on partisan business) — fundraising, vacationing, dating — for the multitudes of presidential and family assistants (fashion consultants?), for the many administrative perks, and for all the parties?  Do the czars’ budgets also come from administration funds?  This has got to be the most expensive administration in history, eh? 
    .

  • lorac

    He is so disingenuous.  It’s like how today he was saying that the republicans won’t pass unemployment extensions because they think people are just being lazy, and they’re making it political.  HE is the one making it political, the republicans want it paid for, like Obama insisted it be before (the states had to juggle things around to do it) – this time the republicans are saying, use some of what’s left in the stimulus money, but Obama won’t do that.  Of course, Obama didn’t say any of that.  And certainly he doesn’t want to use that, because as Ani says, he wants to float that money just before the election to make people think things are better – or maybe to bribe more politicians.  But Obama just uses his big soapbox to misrepresent the situation, because he’s SO post-partisan. 

  • lorac

    Sowsear, I saw it.  There will be a Part II on tomorrow.  They talked about some trouble in Africa I wasn’t aware of, and also Hillary said she won’t be satisfied until they get bin Laden, but that they’ve gotten a lot of his top men, and that has really damaged him.  She also repeated her belief that some in Pakistan government must know where he is.  At the end they talked about Mexico, and Greta wanted her to call it a war, but Hillary said something about they’re not trying to overturn the government, but it’s definitely an armed conflict.  Greta brought up how it’s right on our border, and Hillary said “yes”, and then it ended!  I wanted to hear more about that….  🙁   That’s all I remember!

  • jwrjr

    “He said they needed Republican votes to get it passed and finally found three.”  The Dims didn’t need Republican votes to get Porkulus passed.  They needed Repub votes so they could blame the Repubs when Porkulus inevitably failed.

  • sowsear

    OT, but I just saw this: Did anyone see it?
    Hillary is going to be interviewed by Greta Van Susteren tonight. Saw her shown on news in Afghanistan today. Wonder what she’ll talk about…

  • sowsear

    I wish I could just say, “Wake me when it’s over”.

  • Obama: Dubya 2 Electric Boogaloo

    And it’s going to get worse if they do get their behinds handed to them. Remember, a wounded animal always acts the most unpredictable and violent when backed into a corner.

    My hunch is that when they lose they’ll start naming GOPers specifically by name as being “racists” and that’ll be their “have you know shame” moment.

    My only hope is that an adult not yet known in the GOP will rise and restore some sanity in 2012.

  • annie

    I am so sick and tired of Obama and Biden blaming all the problems on Bush and the Republicans even the oil spill he blamed on Bush……….I have never seen a president blame everyone else but himself……Is it time for him and Biden to leave yet?????????????