Gaffemaster and Vice President Joe Biden has hit the airwaves again, this time suggesting that today's immigration standards would have kept Barack Obama's ancestors at their shoemaking business in Ireland.
In an audio recording posted by the Washington Examiner, Biden is heard saying: "If the restrictions we're insisting on today existed when my great great-grandfather emigrated from Ireland, came in 1950, worked a year and then sent for his family."
He continues, "I might point out that particular grandfather left the same county in Ireland as a shoemaker within a month of Barack Obama's great great great-grandfather leaving the same county as a shoemaker at the same time.
"Isn't that amazing? Barack Obama and I are president now, and vice president of the United States of America. If we applied the same standards as we're applying today, that wouldn't have happened," he said.
Barack Obama's mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, was a Kansas girl who moved to Hawaii with her parents, then met and married Kenyan student Barack Obama Sr., and Barack Jr. was born, making the president of the United States half-white and half-black.
According to an online organization providing research into British and Irish ancestry, Obama's ancestors, on his mother's side, were members of a wealthy wig-making family.
"The Kearneys invested their profits from wigs, in property, as the city of Dublin grew rapidly in the 1700s. If fashions had not changed, Obama might not be here: The wig market declined at the same time that the Irish economy weakened, and eventually the family emigrated to the U.S.," the report said.
The site reported, "The family fortunes declined in line with the country's economy, and Obama's direct family line emigrated to the U.S. at the end of the famine in 1851."
Biden's suggestion that Obama would not be president but for what he apparently believes were looser immigration standards then builds on a long history of flamboyantly inaccurate statements.
At a gun-control press conference recently with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Vice President Joe Biden said, "Think about what happened out in – when Gabby Giffords, my good friend, was shot and mortally wounded."
The phrase "mortally wounded" usually means killed. Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., was critically injured by a gunshot to the head in 2011, but she survived.
Earlier, Biden encountered two nuns outside of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican after he attended the Inauguration Mass of Pope Francis. Biden somehow divined from the nun's smiles that they agreed with his views on immigration and gun control.
"It translates at home with the simple things like making sure we fix the broken immigration system, making sure we make our neighborhoods safer by having rational gun safety and international relations, reaching out and have war as the last option to protect our interests and so it was an exciting time. It gave me a lot of hope and, again, I'll close where I began. Just look at the expression in the faces of those two nuns. You can tell they share my view," he said.
During an online town hall on Feb. 19, Biden said, "If you want to protect yourself, get a double-barrel shotgun, just fire two blasts outside the house."
He didn't explain how a two-shot shotgun could be used as a defensive weapon after firing both shots.
Biden followed that with more advice in an interview with Field and Stream magazine, advising gun owners to "just fire the shotgun through the door."
Biden brought his unique view of the world to more of Europe, last month.
In London on Feb. 5, Biden said the U.S. and Britain have an "open relationship."
After attending a U.K. national security council meeting he stated, "I spent half my life on our national security council." Biden is 70. He has been on the U.S. National Security Council for four years.
Biden mistook Portugal for Poland in a statement later corrected on the official White House transcript. Referring to the European debt crisis, he spoke of, "Greece, Ireland, Poland, Spain and Italy." Poland was not suffering a debt crisis and is not even a member of the Eurozone.
In Munich, Biden mixed up former U.S. Sens. Sam Nunn and Richard "Dick" Lugar. Again, the official White House transcript fixed the error.
Also in Munich, Biden said that commander in chief and President Barack Obama does not want to go to Iraq and Afghanistan.
See Biden's Best:
"I have traveled over 640,000 miles since I've been vice president, and most of the time the president sends me to places that he doesn't want to go. (Laughter.) So I've spent an awful lot of time with McCain and others in Afghanistan and Iraq, and so it's nice to be here in Germany," he quipped.
Americans paid quite a price for Biden's trip to deliver misstatements, literally. A government document shows Biden's stay at the five-star Hotel Intercontinental Paris Le Grand cost taxpayers $585,000.50. He stayed there one night.
See the shotgun comment:
At the Iowa State Society inauguration ball on Jan. 19, Biden declared, "I'm proud to be president of the United States." He corrected himself after the audience began to laugh, saying, "I'm proud to be vice president of the United States. And I'm prouder to be Barack Obama, President Barack Obama's vice president," he confusingly added.
Biden's gaffes through the years include many memorable turns of phrase.
Aug. 22, 2012: "Folks, I can tell you I've known eight presidents, three of them intimately."
Aug. 14, 2012 (to a largely African-American audience): "Look at what they [Republicans] value, and look at their budget. And look what they're proposing. [Romney] said in the first 100 days, he's going to let the big banks write their own rules – unchain Wall Street. They're going to put y'all back in chains."
May 16, 2012: "My mother believed and my father believed that if I wanted to be president of the United States, I could be vice president!"
April 26, 2012: "I promise you, the president has a big stick. I promise you."
March 23, 2010 (to President Obama, during the health care signing ceremony): "This is a big f---ing deal!"
March 17, 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."
Feb. 6, 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."
Jan. 20, 2009 (referring to Justice John Paul Stevens): "Jill and I had the great honor of standing on that stage, looking across at one of the great justices, Justice Stewart."
Oct. 15, 2008: "... a three-letter word: jobs. J-O-B-S, jobs."
Sept. 22, 2008: "When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed. He said, 'Look, here's what happened." (The market crashed in 1929, before FDR was president.)
Sept. 12, 2008 (to wheelchair-bound Missouri state Sen. Chuck Graham): "Stand up, Chuck, let 'em see ya."
Sept. 10, 2008: "Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am to be vice president of the United States of America. Quite frankly, it might have been a better pick than me."
Aug. 23, 2008: "A man I'm proud to call my friend. A man who will be the next president of the United States — Barack America!"
Jan. 31, 2007: "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that's a storybook, man."
June 2006: "You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. ... I'm not joking."