Tsk tsk tsk, say it ain’t so Joe

February 10, 2009

President Barack Obama on Monday all but shook his head at comments attributed to his vice president.

Joe Biden had made a vague comment last week about placing a 30 percent chance of failure on some undisclosed issue in a conversation with Obama in the Oval Office.

Asked at his first full-blown presidential news conference to explain that comment by his second-in-command and what issue he was talking about, the president said with a smile, OBAMA/“you know, I don’t remember exactly what Joe was referring to … not surprisingly.”

It was not the irritation that Obama barely concealed when Biden made a public crack about the chief justice of the Supreme Court flubbing the inauguration oath. It was more like an adult dealing with the foibles of an uncontrollable child.

“I think what Joe may have been suggesting — although I wouldn’t put numerical — I wouldn’t ascribe any numerical percentage to any of this — is that, given the magnitude of the challenges that we have, any single thing that we do is going to be part of the solution, not all of the solution,” Obama said. (Well, that explanation was certainly as clear as the sky over a smokestack).

But in the end, after pontificating about the possible issues Biden may have been referring to, Obama conceded he really didn’t have a clue.

“I have no idea. I really don’t,” Obama said.

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Too bad for the people of America. We have a president who wants to spend some more money on a bankrupt treasury experimenting on a failed socialist system and a clown for a vice president. I think this is worst than the Bush administration. America is toast.

Posted by Gary Kupal | Report as abusive

There’s that can do American spirit we need Gary !!! Way to be a patriot !!!

Posted by Eric H | Report as abusive


Gary hasn’t had his oatmeal yet.

We have to treat some of our fellow citizens in accordance with the the comment from the article, “more like an adult dealing with the foibles of an uncontrollable child.”

For what ever reason, this small, weak, radical subset of the American population, in the best tradition of Senator Joe McCarthy, continues to cry about monsters under the bed.

Obama 75% approval rating. Biden, a guy who tells it like it is. America perseveres.

Posted by Tom McCullough, Las Vegas, NV | Report as abusive

Eric, Tom – Here, here! Pick apart every word, searching for doom. These are the ones that want the Pres to fail. Wonder if Gary has a “for sure” solution for all the countries problems?

Posted by eloise | Report as abusive

The American public spoke in Nov. There are a lot of sour grapes in Washington DC. People want change. We are sick and tired of business as usual. Give the President a break he hasn’t been in office a month yet. As far the first comment goes that kind of thinking is what go us into this mess to start with.

Posted by GAReece | Report as abusive

dancing around the flag eric there is a new dawning ,nice to see you guys now are not dancing on the flag,that,s “change we can believe.”the shining city on the hill” proud to be an american again.how long will the honeymoon last?to much uncertainty around eric the repubs wanted to help but the dems are pushing ahead on their jobs

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive

Always been proud of my country Brian just not the government. Big difference, this notion that if you don’t agree with the government you are not patriotic is bull. It was a nice tool of the neo cons used to paint any dissenter as un-American and you’re still using it. Here’s a charming little quote from history, see if you know who said it, with out looking it up.

“Naturally the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”

Sound like a familiar tactic of the last eight years? Any guesses on who said this and where?

Posted by Eric H | Report as abusive

Doesn’t matter who said it. It is the same tactic Obama and the democrats are using right now.

BTW, fascism is a liberal phenomenon. Read your history about Wilson, FDR and Johnson just as a start.

If you don’t like government, then you shouldn’t be following the crowd in power right now. You are being led down a path you will wish you didn’t follow.

I am betting it will be hard to find people who will admit voting for Obama as his term goes on.

Posted by TC | Report as abusive

eric one minute you are suggesting the guy was an intellectual buffoon.then with the next breath suggesting he was like one of the genius arch villains in one of the james bond movies.you cannot have it both ways,perhaps it is going to take some serious therapy for you to get over bush,tc has touched on this compulsive behaviour before.i see it as a case of bush having the 911 dropped on his lap because a his predecessors indifference to the terrorist problem,and as a result,like the crash in the economy is going effect obama,s presidency, this set the stage for the remainder of bushes time in office.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive