"They gonna put y'all back in chains!"
That was Vice President Joe Biden's latest adventure in misspeak delivered this past week to a largely African-American crowd in Virginia.
This comment was beyond pandering. It was insulting, disgusting and simply dumb, dumb, dumb.
Even former Democrat Governor Doug Wilder of Virginia (the first African-American Governor ever elected) said of Biden: "You just can't have gaffe after gaffe after gaffe." And Wilder added: "Slavery is something you just don't joke about."
The situation with Biden has gotten so bad that some are wondering if he has the mental dexterity to continue to serve as Vice President. Last week he got the time, date and place wrong. Among other stumbles, he said we were in the 20th century when we are in the 21st (and have been for more than a decade).
Sure, a few rude or crude comments, inappropriate remarks or outright gaffes might be understandable. But one news service recently counted at least 22 such instances since 2007.
Here are some others:
"This is a big f---ing deal!" Uttering these congratulatory words to Obama during the health care law
signing ceremony on March 23, 2010.
"His mom lived in Long Island for 10 years or so. God rest her soul.
And- although, she's – wait – your mom's still, your mom's still alive.
Your dad passed. God bless her soul." – Talking about the
still-living mother of visiting Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen, March
"I wouldn't go anywhere in confined places now. … When one person
sneezes it goes all the way through the aircraft. That's me. I would not
be, at this point, if they had another way of transportation,
suggesting they ride the subway." --Trying to allay public fears
about swine flu, in a “Today” show interview, April 30, 2009
Biden asked Sen. Chuck Graham to stand up to be recognized by the crowd
at a rally on Sept. 9, 2008. Apparently, Biden somehow forgot that
Graham uses a wheelchair. "Chuck, stand up, let the people see you,"
said Biden. “Oh, God love ya...What am I talking about?"
“Jill and I had the great honor of standing on that stage, looking
across at one of the great justices, Justice Stewart." An
apparent reference to Justice John Paul Stevens, who had just sworn him
in as vice president, Jan. 20, 2009.
"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." – Warning
members of the House Democratic caucus that they could face flak for
the $900 billion economic stimulus bill, Feb. 6, 2009.
"Remember, I said it standing here, if you don't remember anything else I
said. Watch, we're going to have an international crisis, a generated
crisis, to test the mettle of this guy." —Telling donors at a
private fundraiser in Seattle that Barack Obama would likely be tested
by an international crisis during his first few months as president,
Oct. 20, 2008.