President Obama intentionally initiated a golden age of Biden gaffes for the next few years by throwing his Vice President to the wolves during his national press conference Monday. It’s truly a perfect storm. I’ll explain.
It started with Joe Biden saying something stupid and Fox News reporter Major Garret asked President Obama about it, according to a Fox News transcript:
GARRETT: Mr. President, at a speech Friday that many of us covered, Vice President Biden said the following thing about a conversation the two of you had in the Oval Office about a subject he didn’t disclose.
“If we do everything right, if we do it with absolute certainty, if we stand up there and we really make the tough decisions, there’s still a 30 percent chance we’re going to get it wrong.”
Since the vice president brought it up, can you tell the American people, sir, what you were talking about? And if not, can you at least reassure them it wasn’t the stimulus bill or the bank rescue plan and if, in general, you agree with that ratio of success, 30 percent failure, 70 percent success?
OBAMA: You know, I don’t remember exactly what Joe was referring to… (LAUGHTER)…not surprisingly.
But let me try this out. (MORE LAUGHTER)
Here’s the thing. Are you telling me that Joe’s stupid comment was not discussed ad infinitum in the Oval office? A comment that was all over the blogosphere for well over two days, wasn’t discussed in the two days before Obama’s first press conference? Come on. Give me a break. That wasn’t an off-the-cuff remark Obama made. It was planned. Obama’s team made a calculated decision to laugh it off. And that’s probably a smart move but with that one move, Obama has signalled to the press corps that it’s open season on Joe Biden.
Obama has essentially invited the press to laugh at his Vice President.
And like I said, it’s a perfect storm because here you have a situation where the press finds itself unable or unwilling to say anything negative about the President so they’re going to go ferociously after Joe Biden. Expect a spike in the amount of Joe’s gaffes to get reported in coming months. And their mocking treatment of Joe will act as cover for the mainstream press who will point to their rough treatment of Joe as a sign of even handedness.
But the hilarity doesn’t end there because then you have Joe Biden who may be the most vain man on the east coast who will not be pleased at all with turning into a national joke so he’ll continually court microphones and cameras in an effort to seem relevant and smart. And thus you have a spiraling effect where Joe talks himself into irrelevance. Joe will actually court his own destruction. And Obama will watch him do it.
Joe Biden doesn’t know it but he’s swimming with sharks and he’s wearing his meat suit. It’s not going to be pretty.