Obama, in slip-up, refers to Biden as “next president”

August 23, 2008

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – Of all the gaffes Democratic White house hopeful Barack Obama probably hoped to avoid, he accidentally introduced Joe Biden as the presidential candidate rather than the No. 2 man on the ticket.rtr21mtc.jpg

He quickly corrected himself but the McCain campaign quickly pounced on the mistake to suggest that Biden, a veteran Delaware senator, might wield the real power in an Obama administration.

As Biden stepped to the podium at his first joint rally with Obama, the Democratic White House candidate said, “Let me introduce to you, the next president — the next vice president of the United States of America: Joe Biden.”

Known as a leading expert on foreign affairs, Biden, 65, has served in the Senate for 35 years and is expected to bring considerable heft to the Democratic ticket in a key area.

Polls show Obama lags well behind his Republican rival John McCain in polls on voter confidence on his readiness to handle international affairs. Biden, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, could help close that gap for Obama.

But Republicans hope Biden’s foreign policy gravitas, rather than boosting Obama, will highlight his thinner resume and they used the verbal gaffe to press that point.

“Barack Obama sounded as though he turned over the top spot on the ticket today to his new mentor, when he introduced Joe Biden as the next president,” said McCain spokesman Ben Porritt, adding that Obama was “not ready to lead.”

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Obama and Biden will rock McDoodoo and company.

McDoodoo and company are at a cliff now and have no where to go but over it.

Obama / Biden 08

McDoodoo to late.

Posted by Bob W. | Report as abusive

That was FUNNY, but I’m sure some thought it was true!

Posted by KYJurisDoctor | Report as abusive

Lose the hate Democrats. Obama supporters need to stop attacking Hillary and her supporters. Having to convince them to not vote McCain is your OWN fault, stop disrespecting and hating your fellow Democrats, you are playing right into the hands of the real enemy, the Republicans. Hillary supporters on the other hand need to look past the rhetoric, ditch the hatred too and realize this is a race as was the primary and anyone running will do what they need to to win, they ALL do it. Hillary will always remain ‘our girl’ but for this moment it is Obama’s and now Joe Biden’s show. Help them out and let’s put a Democrat back in the White House so that America can proper and grow once again. Be a dedicated Democrat and a patriotic American, vote the Republicans out! Listen to Obama speak, listen to Biden speak, then be honest about who you think would make the better President, Obama or McCain? You will regret your vote if you waste it on McCain, don’t be stupid. It’s obvious, McCain is NOT what America needs, he is a liar and will be a continuation of Bush, no doubt.

As a staunch Hillary supporter, with Obama’s choice of Joe Biden, I am fully now behind the Obama/Biden ticket.

Lose the hate, let’s get it right this time, we don’t need another destructive Republican in the White House.

Posted by Democrats 08 | Report as abusive

Seems Obama and I think alike concerning the Biden choice. The ticket is flipped. Biden should be the one at the top. Especially with that monster ego of his. You put both Biden and Obama in front of a camera and ask them the same questions and Biden will have all the answers. Obama will be saying, “that’s above my pay grade” to every second question. I’ll bet a nickle that the Republicans go after Biden like he’s the real presidential nominee and treat Obama like he doesn’t matter. Just wait for the first Republican to “mispeak” and use the words, “Biden Obama campaign”, or “Biden Obama ticket”. That will happen a lot. Probably on one of the Sunday morning talk shows. Then they’ll cover by saying, “well, that’s what Obama was thinking as well…Biden should be on top.”

Posted by Leon A Davis | Report as abusive

Senator Obama’s selection of Joe Biden for VP defies logic. Biden dropped out of the presidential race early on when it became obvious that no one had any interest in voting for him. Hillary Clinton emasses 18 million votes and it appears to matter not to Obama or the Democratic National Committee. This liberal Democrat, and millions like me, will reluctantly, but definately, vote for John McCain.

Posted by jmb | Report as abusive

What defies logic is someone labeling themselves as a liberal democrat who would put another out of touch, elitist Republican in office out of spite for their 1st choice not getting the Democratic nomination. How could someone who supported Hillary Clinton decide to contribute to the Republican machine and JOHN MCCAIN, because someone who shares most of her general positions is the face of the Democratic presidency instead of Hillary’s??? Are you insane? Do you even have a position on the issues at all? Or are you simply voting out of loyalty for Hillary, and in turn, spite for Mccain? I pray that there are NOT millions of people as dense and ill-informed as you, and that voters will WAKE UP end the Republican war/oil machine.

Posted by Wake Up | Report as abusive

[…] So Senator Barack “Damn, I just introduced Joe Biden as the next President of the United States when I’m the nominee” Obama has made his VP pick. [1] […]

Posted by McCain Should Pick Huckabee As VP. Promise To Make Ron Paul Secretary of the Treasury. : My Reference Frame | Report as abusive

Being an original Biden supporter, I now can vote for Obama — It was really a tough call before. Thanks to whomever made that necessary decision! I know the VP is not supposed to matter but in this case it is very important, at least to me. My husband convinced me that Hillary was “the one” but I sent my money to Biden until he got out, then to Hillary. I’m grateful I now can vote without a write-in!

Posted by Mary in Red Country | Report as abusive

Biden also called Barak, Barak America instead of Barak Obama if you did not notice. At least there mix ups are honest mis speaks not confusing what country they are for and the post of the Presidency will need both to be qualified if anything bad happens . Thank God they are both for America and a different path than we have been on,nowhere but up for these two together!

Posted by Jerilyn | Report as abusive

Can you make McCain speak a simple statement without gaffe (with a talking points), let alone to make a very stron lengthy message like Obama (without a talking points)? I dare you.

Please copy & paste in your browser

http://www.military.com/opinion/0,15202, 164859_1,00.html

Posted by Fight4USA8 | Report as abusive

HUGE MISTAKE! How disappointing — nothing against Joe Biden — but Obama blew it by not selecting Hillary. Many of her 18 million voters (including me) will NEVER vote for Obama now.

OBAMA MISSPEAKS — CALLS BIDEN “THE NEXT PRESIDENT”! The slip by Obama is very significant.

It shows Obama actually thinks of Biden as more fit to be PRESIDENT — NOT VP. THIS IS VERY TELLING!

And how about Biden’s remarks of last year that Obama was not ready to be President? Bet the GOP will have fun with that clip.

Biden was right — Obama can’t solve his “inexperience” problem by turning to someone else for experience! We DON’T need a president “in training”.


McCain 2008 — Hillary 2012!

Posted by STOP-THE-DRAMA-NO-OBAMA! | Report as abusive

Just proves that without teleprompters, he is an empty suit… a puppet who only comes to life when someone pulls his stings.. McCain-08

Posted by larry | Report as abusive

Whats going to happen when Obama gets disqualified to run as president? Will Biden become the presidential candidate?

Posted by josh | Report as abusive


Obama’s tenure at the Harvard Law Review has been chronicled at length in the Politico, the New York Times, and elsewhere.
But Obama has never mentioned his law review piece, a demurral that’s part of his campaign’s broader pattern of rarely volunteering information or documents about the candidate, even when relatively innocuous. When Politico reporters working on a story about Obama’s law review presidency earlier this year asked if he had written for the review, a spokesman responded accurately – but narrowly – that “as the president of the Law Review, Obama didn’t write articles, he edited and reviewed them.”

The case comment was published a month BEFORE he became president.

The notion that Obama hadn’t written at all for the Review prompted skepticism.

“They probably don’t want [to] have you [reporters] going back” to examine the Review, University of Southern California law professor (and Michael Dukakis campaign manager) Susan Estrich said at the time.

Obama’s article, which begins on page 823 of Volume 103 of the Harvard Law Review, is available in libraries and subscription-only legal databases.

Well it’s clear that most Americans STILL don’t know a lot about Obama, the one. This vetting should have been done a long time ago.

I wonder if we will ever get to know “the real one” before the election on November 4th.

There just isn’t a whole lot of substance to Obama’s life that we can currently see. Is America’s mostly liberal wolfpack press holding back on information like we saw them do with John $400 Edwards? I mean he has “kinda of — sorta of” taken a position on the both sides of a lot of major issues. I just can’t put my finger on the real Obama, can you?

Which is why I believe most Americans will vote for “the comeback kid”, McCain on November 4th. Here is someone that isn’t caught up in the “material possessions” that he has, like how many homes he and his wife own. John Kerry, a real elitist, can probably tell you how many he has. But when a man spends 5 1/2 years of his life in a POW camp, I believe they come out of that experience “not caring one bit about how many material possessions” they can acquire. John McCain has always demonstrated that he’s completely in touch with the American people which is why he has voted with and against his party more than any other politician in modern times.

I trust John McCain completely.

Other Americans will have to come to their own conclusions.

McCain / Romney 2008.

Posted by STOP-THE-DRAMA-NO-OBAMA! | Report as abusive

If Obama were an ’empty suit’he would NEVER have been Law Review, a community organiser, and have beaten the clinton machine at every turn. Honesty, management efficentcy, thoughtful, and moral. With an IQ to match and not a borrowed CV.

The clintons are history at their own hands!

Posted by Docb | Report as abusive

Well, so much for the argument that John McCain is too old to be president.

Next to Joe Biden, John McCain looks like a youngster.

What’s really disturbing though is that the candidate caught up in by far the most senior moments is Barack Obama.

From campaigning in “all 57 states” to falsely claiming his father served in WWII to forgetting to ask for donations at a fundraiser to retire Hillary Clinton’s campaign debt to arguing that the Arabic translators deployed in Iraq could be put to better use in Afghanistan where, of course, they don’t speak Arabic to calling Matt Lauer “Tim” three times in one interview to claiming that American troops were “just air raiding villages and killing civilians in Afghanistan” to asking attendees at an Iowa rally if any one of them had “gone into Whole Foods lately and see what they charge for Arugula” even though there are no Whole Foods stores in Iowa to stating that he had won the Michigan primary when he wasn’t even on the ballot to claiming that his uncle helped liberate Auschwitz… and we’re just getting started here… we would run out of allotted space if we listed them all but… just in case you’re interested…


The windup is that now comes The Messiah’s really big moment. He’s on the world stage. His jacket is off. His sleeves are rolled up. The cameras are rolling. He’s about to introduce his running mate… and what does he say?

“So let me introduce to you the next President, uh, the next Vice President of United States of America, Joe Biden!”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RElChQ6g2 Io

Oh, my goodness! Not again!

Does it not beg the question?

How many more gaffes do we spot this guy before we face up to the fact that he is just plain stupid?

Posted by Windfall | Report as abusive

So Joe Biden praises McCain a year or two ago (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3VBAbqj hvA) as a really good man and implies McCain would make an excellent president. Now all of sudden during the vice-presidential nomination acceptance speech the other day Biden implies the last 8 years have been problems caused by not only George W Bush but also … McCain? I guess forget the other 99 senators and 435 house of representatives members. Just grab John McCain’s name because he is now in Biden’s way.

Forget about Barrack Obama being in the United States congress for the past three years (two of which he has campaigned to be president) and Joe Biden being in congress for about 35 years, a lot longer than John McCain, because according to Biden’s acceptance speech that doesn’t qualify both of them as also being in the United States government during some or all of the past 8 years of problems.

Many democrats and republicans have praised John McCain in non-election years as a good man who well serves the people of this country because he has worked across party lines on a consistent basis to get things done to help America, fix problematic processes and stand for justice but which has not been always favorable for hardcore gangs of political parties.

Don’t just listen to what political party gang members say in the election year, they say whatever they can to get elected including degrading John McCain, a man they previously praised, because now it’s about gang mentality and each party wants their hardcore gang (party) members in office and not good people. John McCain doesn’t qualify as one of those gangland lackeys that just enforces party politics without question to prop-up every aspect of their underhanded political gang platform so he gets attacked now. Look at the facts and vote on reality not campaign rhetoric.

Posted by CJ | Report as abusive

If you are completely honest with yourself,and admit the facts that the vast amount of you people who are writing into this Reuter’s web page blog are racist,then we will be able to move forward. The facts are out that the main reason so many people are disappointed with the lost of HRC to be the Democratic party leader hurts deeply,that many of you can not sleep at nights hoping and preying that Barack Obama loose his bid to become the US president,why because you just cannot get over the facts that a half Black came along,and beat HRC to become the party’s nominated leader. how can that be. The point was HRC was considered unbeatable,and unstopable by any margin,you never in a thousand years believed that this semi-African American would put HRC to shame in which it is time for all of you now to get over it and the right thing and accept the facts that you are 100%racist to which is the point you all would love to see the day that Barack Obama fail to become president of these United States,go ahead and vote for John McCain because of your attitude(s.)Then you will have no one to blame,when this country go backwards again,oh don’t worry we get the Clintons Hillary,Bill,and Chelsea Clinton to save you all. God Bless America for these wonderful days to come.NJ.

Posted by NJ1 | Report as abusive

Dear presumably adult men and women,

When you begin your ranting and raving on whichever presidential candidate has messed up in his speech within the past week, take this into account:

Public speaking is not easy.

In fact, regular speaking isn’t the easiest thing in the world. Think back to whenever you’ve talked with friends or family and your tongue says something that you do not intend at all. Say, for example, that you accidentally call your sister your ‘brother’. Does this mean that your sister is more of a man than she would seem biologically? No. It just means that the words are closely related.

The problem is that when you get up in front of millions and talk into a microphone, everyone is watching. So, even if you’re speaking like you do every day, there are bound to be mistakes. And, instead of focusing on the small slip-ups that are corrected immediately, why not focus on what’s really going on? On the message behind what they’re saying. I doubt that most of the people on here are professional therapists and are qualified to say what is an actual slip and what is one that deals directly with the inner sub-conscious. Both John McCain and Barak Obama have made mistakes in their speeches. But, instead of acting like frenzied media addicts, let’s just look at the truth. “Who do YOU believe will make the best president?” I am too young to vote in the next election, but I hope that all of you out there who are will make a responsible choice based on what you believe, and not what propaganda dictates.

And, for all of you Hillary supporters, Obama did not choose Hillary for a running mate for many reasons:
1. It will be hard enough for people in America to accept a black man as President should he be elected, without adding the first female vice president to the ticket.
2. Hillary is a very polarizing figure. There are a lot of people who either hate her or love her. Obama cannot afford alienating that many Republicans who may vote for him by choosing her. He’ll have enough people to deal with.
3. Hillary likes to be the leader and to assume that she is fully responsible. Does anyone really believe that a woman like her would be truly happy settling for second-best?
4. Joe Biden can bring things to the table that Hillary can not do. He is an old, white man. (Sorry, Hillary supporters, but as far as feminism has come, there’s something about being an old, white man that carries a bit farther in politics still.) He has 35 years of experience, and did not have do battle with Obama in the same way as Hillary did. If Hillary were to become Obama’s running mate, the Republicans would tear them apart for their differences and point out how they tore each other apart.

So please, stop complaining about how your daddy wasn’t strong enough to beat someone else’s daddy to a pulp and start thinking about what’s best for everybody. McCain or Obama? Take your pick.

Thank you.

Posted by EC | Report as abusive

The Democrats have shot themselves in the foot. They can thank the DNC and Pelosi for blowing the best chance they have had in years to take back Washington. I’ve been a Democrat for 48 years, but now it’s McCain all the way.

Posted by rita | Report as abusive

Well, Mr. & Mrs. Reader…just what I wasn’t waiting for. I am not now excited about the upcoming election. It is quite obvious that Mr. Biden is not the poster child for change. His prepared remarks did not say anything more than that he doesn’t have to wear his reading glasses at the podium.

Mr. Biden has a lot in common with Messrs. Bush, Cheney, Wolfowitz, Clinton, Lieberman, Romney, Rove et al. All of these politicians showed personal cowardice in their youth by avoiding service in the active duty uniform of the United States during wartime in a war zone, i.e., they avoided membership in Our Best & Finest during the counterinsurgency operations presided over by presidents Johnson & Nixon for eleven long and bloody years in SE Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos) during the 1960’s and early 1970’s (1963-1973).

Incidentally, Mr. Biden’s so called “foreign relations power” in the senate is disproportionate to the number of voters in his tiny Delaware constituency (like many of America’s 100 senators who hail from sparsely populated states).

Additionally, Mr. Biden (along with Mrs. Clinton) was part of the “stupid vote” in congress during the Autumn of 2002, i.e., the blatantly unconstitutional resolution to deploy Our Best & Finest to what the Brits have been calling “Iraq” since they cobbled it together following the elimination of the Ottoman Turk empire after World War I.

To make the results of his war resolution vote appear to be “beyond his control”, Mr. Biden has consistently used the same excuse that Mrs. Clinton still does, i.e., they either didn’t know what was really going on (the “actionable intelligence” issue), or their votes were well intended–and Bush/Cheney simply screwed everything up after getting congress’ carte blanche approval to commit Our Best & Finest to the ongoing sixth year of occupation and unwinnable counterinsurgency in SW Asia.

Incidentally, the “deal” being worked out by Bush/Rice for the withdrawal of Our Best & Finest from Iraq by 2011 is merely a masquerade to assist Mr. McCain on November 4th…by attempting to momentarily diffuse the presidential election’s biggest foreign policy issue (America’s poor economy being the biggest domestic issue).

So…instead of the democrat ticket compensating for Mr. McCain’s active duty service in the uniform of Our Best & Finest during wartime in a war zone…Mr. Obama presents Mr. Biden (i.e., just as poor a choice as Mrs. Clinton would have been).

Without such as Marine combat Vet, Senator Jim Webb (VA), or Army combat Vet, General Wes Clark (Retired), on the ticket…I’ll be supporting a minority party candidate this time around.

It won’t be the first time I’ve done this. After mistakenly supporting Mr. Johnson as far back as 1964, I avoided major party candidates until 2000.

I supported Mr. McCain during the primary in 2000. However, when he got gored by the Bush/Rove bullcrap, I supported Mr. Gore (even though Israeli-in-disguise, Mr. Lieberman, was on the ticket).

Mr. Lieberman turned out to be a very poor choice of vice presidential running mate (i.e., a buddy of Mr. Cheney who had a “pillow fight” with the latter during their televised VP debate in 2000). That debate was the forerunner to Mr. Lieberman’s support of Mr. McCain because of the latter’s unconditional support for Israel (i.e., a continuation of the U.S. occupation and counterinsurgency in Iraq, and a possible “preemptive” U.S. strike on Iran).

In 2004, I supported Mr. Kerry (even though he also had a very poor choice of vice presidential running mate, i.e., Mr. Edwards). Mr. Kerry is a Navy combat Vet (SE Asia).

It is time to vote again (I always do), but I simply do not see very much support for the middle class and working class coming out of either the democrat or the republican camps.

OK Jack

Posted by OK Jack | Report as abusive

Obama a liberal? Oh please! What we have in this country is one party with two names. Now that Obama has selected Biden as his VP running mate, it should be painfully obvious that we are in for more of the same old same old Washington politics. You know, the kind that is owned by big business, makes decisions based on what is good for big business, and the rest of us will pay for it. Literally.

Sigh, if only I had the option of voting for Dennis K.

Posted by Marla | Report as abusive

Holy cow with all the Bushism’s we’ve had to put up with for the last eight years I am really surprised the RNC is jumping up and down on this one.

I’d also figured they would support the Obama / Biden ticket considering it’s been Cheney actually running the country this whole time.

Posted by MAB | Report as abusive

OMG a human made a verbal slip of the tongue. This obviously will predict the fate of America if he’s elected.

Posted by Get over it. | Report as abusive

Just because he accidentally left out the vice when he said it the first time it doesn’t mean that deep down inside he feels that Biden should be the president. He got excited at revealing his number 2 and missed a word. Big deal. At least he corrected himself and moved on… which is what everyone else should do. Move on, this is a silly arguement.

Posted by Nichole | Report as abusive