Talk about American embarrassment.
That’s what Joe Biden continues to be. And that specialty was on display again – this time on foreign soil – when he characterized his own country under the leadership of President Trump as “an embarrassment.”
For eight years, he and Barack Obama made it a point to apologize for America’s past, present and future, from 2009 through 2017. He continues to do so as a former vice president.
“The America I see values basic human decency, not snatching children from their parents or turning our back on refugees at our border,” he said. “Americans know that’s not right. The American people understand plainly that this makes us an embarrassment. The American people know overwhelmingly that it is not right. That it is not who we are.”
Despite attacking the Trump administration for family separations at the border, the policy was active during the Obama administration as well.
Or. if you want some real belly laughs, pick up a copy of the book, “Biden Time,” to remind yourself of what it means to be an embarrassment to your country.
Here are some reminders of what it was like enduring “Crazy Joe”:
- “A man I’m proud to call my friend. A man who will be the next president of the United States – Barack America!” Biden, at his first campaign rally with Barack Obama.
- “You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. … I’m not joking.” Biden, in a private remark to an Indian-American man.
- “Stand up, Chuck, let ’em see ya.” Biden, in a public speech, to Missouri state Sen. Chuck Graham, who is confined to a wheelchair.
- “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.” Biden, speaking to members of the House Democratic caucus.
Do you remember? How can you forget?
Still he’s considered a serious candidate for the Democratic Party presidential nomination in 2020.
You may have forgotten Joe’s had a lot of practice running for office – including the presidency several times, all unsuccessful.
In 1987, he ran for the Democratic nomination against Michael Dukakis. That was an adventure. He stole a speech British Labour Party politician Neil Kinnock delivered just four months prior.
Kinnock said: “Why am I the first Kinnock in a thousand generations to be able to get to university? [Pointing to his wife in the audience:] Why is Glenys the first woman in her family in a thousand generations to be able to get to university? Was it because all our predecessors were thick?”
Biden said: “I started thinking as I was coming over here, why is it that Joe Biden is the first in his family ever to go to a university? [Pointing to his wife in the audience:] Why is it that my wife who is sitting out there in the audience is the first in her family to ever go to college? Is it because our fathers and mothers were not bright? Is it because I’m the first Biden in a thousand generations to get a college and a graduate degree that I was smarter than the rest?”
The speech was not even that good. Didn’t bother Crazy Joe.
Biden was forced to withdraw from the presidential race after Maureen Dowd of the New York Times exposed his plagiarized speech. Allegations followed that Biden lifted parts of other speeches from Hubert Humphrey, Robert Kennedy and JFK.
Embarrassing for Biden. Truly embarrassing for America, too.