Nothing lost in translation on Biden dig

January 30, 2009

WASHINGTON – Vice President Joe Biden promised a “fully transparent” task force to help the middle class. So why is the audience laughing?

Biden is leading a task force to look at how to improve economic realities for working families. And it will have its own Web site as the Obama administration presses on with its goal to use the Internet to communicate with the public.

“This task force, I might add — which, coming out of the vice president’s office, will be a bit unique — will be fully transparent, totally transparent,” Biden said.

And the audience laughed.

“We are going to consult openly — openly and publicly with outside groups who can help us develop the most far-reaching and imaginative solutions to help us solve these problems and create the outcome we’re looking for,” Biden said. 

“And we’ll put all the material from our meetings and any report we produc`e up on the Web site.  None of this will happen behind closed doors.  We want the American people engaged.  We want them engaged from the outset,” he said.


All this talk about openness and transparency and no closed doors by the new vice president sounds a lot like a not so veiled dig at his predecessor, Dick Cheney, whom critics considered overly secretive.

The former vice president went to the Supreme Court to block adversaries from getting documents from an energy task force he headed.

And remember the undisclosed location?

For more Reuters political news, click here

Photo credit: Reuters/Molly Riley (Biden and Cheney at vice president’s residence)


We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see

i an so pleased that after what biden said about cheney there is still some cordiality in only concern is that unknown to us he could be giving him a wedgy.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive

Biden is too blunt to be doing anything ‘unknown’ to us. I like it.

Posted by Sharon | Report as abusive

Blunt and clueless. Now he is on a national stage and not just playing to his voters in Delaware. I don’t like it.

Posted by TC | Report as abusive

At least he knows Africa is a continent, not a country…

Posted by getplaning | Report as abusive