Biden takes credit for Bush funding

posted at 12:52 pm on April 2, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Joe Biden’s greatest value to the Barack Obama administration thus far has been to out-gaffe the President in order to make his boss look better by comparison.  Sensing that he had slacked off in recent days, Biden rushed to Raleigh, North Carolina, to take credit for federal funding a fire station received.  Unfortunately, the funding came from George Bush, not Porkulus, as Biden claimed:

Biden and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced a new wave of $10.4 billion in federal stimulus money for home loans across the country, and billions more for essential services in rural communities such as Pikeville, which is getting money for a new fire station. Biden used the outdated, current station as a backdrop. Pikeville is just north of Goldsboro in Wayne County.

“We’re investing in places like this all across the country,” Biden said, “to demonstrate the vital role towns like this play in the recovery.”

Most of the money for the station that was announced Wednesday, however, had been secured last year under the Bush administration, according to fire department officials.

The man who actually got the money for the station took offense to Biden’s glory-hogging:

State Sen. David Rouzer, a Republican who represents Pikeville and worked in the Agriculture Department under President Bush, said he helped secure the fire department money last year out of the federal agency’s regular programs.

“They’re coming in and cherry picking the best projects and switching out the money, saying it’s stimulus money,” Rouzer said. “But it was already approved and in the pipeline. It’s totally disingenuous to come down here and say this is stimulus money, when regardless of whether a stimulus bill passed, they were getting the money.”

How much longer until Joe Biden credits Porkulus for the Hoover Dam, interstate highways, and Mount Rushmore?

Biden and Vilsack also promised low-cost home loans to buyers in the rural areas of North Carolina.  That didn’t impress the attendees, either, who remembered what happened the last time government provided low-cost home loans to people who couldn’t otherwise get them:

A wave of new loans, though, sounds like a repeat of what created the recession, said John Tyndall, a volunteer firefighter and corn and soybean farmer who attended the Biden event.

“They gave out loans to people who couldn’t pay ‘em back,” Tyndall said.

As Biden noted from FDR’s famous 1929 presidential television appearance, don’t worry about accuracy from government — just act grateful when we give you a little bit of your own money back, minus the standard 95% administrative fees.

Update: Spit-take comment of the day from Dr. Allecon:

Joe Biden claiming other people’s work as his own?

Hmmmm….I don’t think that’s ever happened before.


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Biden’s an @ss… news at 11

gatorboy on April 2, 2009 at 12:54 PM

Arguing over who gets credit for pork. Marvelous.

innominatus on April 2, 2009 at 12:56 PM

Great to see Uncle Fester is still about, pretending he’s Vice President.

Wait, he is Vice President?

What the hell happened?

NoDonkey on April 2, 2009 at 12:57 PM

When Obama chose Biden I wallowed in the despair of that guy having even more press attention.

But I have come to believe that Biden is a wonderful gift, in that he provides the spoon full of sugar that helps makes the socialism go down.

myrenovations on April 2, 2009 at 12:57 PM

So,Team Hopey left the dungeon door open accidently,
and now GaffeBiden is loose!!

Hehe!

canopfor on April 2, 2009 at 12:58 PM

innominatus on April 2, 2009 at 12:56 PM

Yep. The oysters continue to dance into the Walrus and the Carpenter’s diddy.

Limerick on April 2, 2009 at 1:00 PM

The Obama stimulus bill also ended slavery, cured small pox, built the panama canal, and is now working on ending sadness.

MDWNJ on April 2, 2009 at 1:01 PM

Nobody messes with Joe!

ladyingray on April 2, 2009 at 1:03 PM

FDR turned on the TV and saw the news

Kini on April 2, 2009 at 1:03 PM

Joe Biden claiming other people’s work as his own?

Hmmmm….I don’t think that’s ever happened before.

DrAllecon on April 2, 2009 at 1:08 PM

Biden needs to take centre stage,while Obama and
First Lady Omama are prancing around the globe
and setting back America’s image,as they make daily
multiple gaffes,making it worse!!

Remember the montra talkin points from the Lefty’s,
wait till they get back in power,they have to repair
America’s image after Bush!!

And yet,in the last two months,its been a rollercoaster
of disasters,one after another!

canopfor on April 2, 2009 at 1:08 PM

The Obama administration reminds me of the plot of “The Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy” (the book not the horrible movie). I just wonder in what shack in the middle of nowhere is hiding the power broker behind Obama.

Tommy_G on April 2, 2009 at 1:09 PM

Stand up Chuck!

Knucklehead on April 2, 2009 at 1:10 PM

Limerick on April 2, 2009 at 1:00 PM

I like to think I’m pretty current on pop-culture references, but I’m totally helpless with that one…

innominatus on April 2, 2009 at 1:11 PM

You can’t go into a firehouse if you have a slight Southern accent.

Christien on April 2, 2009 at 1:11 PM

Soon they will claim that the Stimulus and expectation of the budget passing is the reason for the rise in the market and stock market climb. The GOP talking heads need to get in front of this lest the spending (that has not occured yet) will get the credit.

WashJeff on April 2, 2009 at 1:12 PM

How much longer until Joe Biden credits Porkulus for the Hoover Dam, interstate highways, and Mount Rushmore?

Before all that, they’re working with Big Al to find a way to credit gravity to Porkulus.

BobMbx on April 2, 2009 at 1:14 PM

Limerick on April 2, 2009 at 1:00 PM

I like to think I’m pretty current on pop-culture references, but I’m totally helpless with that one…

innominatus on April 2, 2009 at 1:11 PM

Coo Coo ka choo….I am the egg man…..

BobMbx on April 2, 2009 at 1:15 PM

cream rises to the top in our political system

gatorboy on April 2, 2009 at 1:16 PM

Has anyone else heard that Joe Biden invented the Internet?

Shy Guy on April 2, 2009 at 1:16 PM

Sheriff Joe Biden, Ladies and Gentlemen! You can catch him Fridays and Saturdays at the Naval Observatory in Washington, DC. Tickets available at your local ARRA office…

Robert_Paulson on April 2, 2009 at 1:16 PM

BobMbx on April 2, 2009 at 1:15 PM

Thanks. I hate the Beatles. Now even more than before :)

innominatus on April 2, 2009 at 1:17 PM

Wish we could blame TARP on Biden instead of just this stupid gaffe.

Christian Conservative on April 2, 2009 at 1:17 PM

There’s a word for people like Joe

bluelightbrigade on April 2, 2009 at 1:17 PM

I wonder if Biden also invented the internet,
like Al Gore!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on April 2, 2009 at 1:17 PM

Tickets available at your local ARRA office…

Robert_Paulson on April 2, 2009 at 1:16 PM

What’s the website number for that?

myrenovations on April 2, 2009 at 1:17 PM

How much longer until Joe Biden credits Porkulus for the Hoover Dam, interstate highways, and Mount Rushmore?

Keep journals. Someday we will need to reconstruct the real history of this country and how this happened to us.

But keep them hidden and don’t talk about them because if the Obama gang get wind that anyone is keeping the real “score” they will come after that person.

petunia on April 2, 2009 at 1:18 PM

Has anyone else heard that Joe Biden invented the Internet?

Shy Guy on April 2, 2009 at 1:16 PM

I thought it was a bunch of rich Chinese monks….it’s so hard to keep the stories from running together.

BobMbx on April 2, 2009 at 1:18 PM

Wish we could blame TARP on Biden instead of just this stupid gaffe.

Christian Conservative on April 2, 2009 at 1:17 PM

Yep. Sure be easier to fight this stupidness if Bush hadn’t just caved in there at the end.

petunia on April 2, 2009 at 1:19 PM

myrenovations on April 2, 2009 at 1:17 PM

1-20-2013

Robert_Paulson on April 2, 2009 at 1:19 PM

get out of my state.

Mommypundit on April 2, 2009 at 1:19 PM

Has anyone….

Shy Guy on April 2,2009 at 1:16PM.

Shy Guy: Crap,I just read your post!:)

canopfor on April 2, 2009 at 1:20 PM

But you don’t understand. The stimulus bill saved these jobs. That’s what Biden meant to say.

Doughboy on April 2, 2009 at 1:21 PM

A wave of new loans, though, sounds like a repeat of what created the recession, said John Tyndall, a volunteer firefighter and corn and soybean farmer who attended the Biden event.

“John the Firefighter” is about to get investimugated!

Mr_Magoo on April 2, 2009 at 1:22 PM

All good in the world is driven by the naive ACTOR.

tarpon on April 2, 2009 at 1:23 PM

LEAVE JOE ALONE!

Mr_Magoo on April 2, 2009 at 1:24 PM

NEWSFLASH**DEMS TAKE CREDIT FOR WINNING WAR IN VIETNAM**

lasertex on April 2, 2009 at 1:24 PM

Biden’s an @ss… @sshole news at 11.

gatorboy on April 2, 2009 at 12:54 PM

gsherin on April 2, 2009 at 1:24 PM

“John the Firefighter” is about to get investimugated!

Mr_Magoo on April 2, 2009 at 1:22 PM

Better have paid his taxes, child support, nanny social security, etc.

Unlike Bammy’s cabinet appointees.

NoDonkey on April 2, 2009 at 1:26 PM

Hey Plugs, tell it to Spanish Prime Minister Jose Zapatero next time you thank him for Iraq help.

Wade on April 2, 2009 at 1:28 PM

He’s de facto president while Obama is out of the country.

Oh gosh and golly God helps us~!

(Spoken in a Dunkin’ Donuts/ Seven-Eleven Hindu/Baboo accent.)

profitsbeard on April 2, 2009 at 1:31 PM

The Obama stimulus bill also ended slavery, cured small pox, built the panama canal, and is now working on ending sadness.

MDWNJ

You forgot defeating the Axis and putting a man on the moon.

SKYFOX on April 2, 2009 at 1:38 PM

He’s de facto president while Obama is out of the country.

Then we’re just as de fucto as we are as when Bammy’s in the country, so everything’s sweet.

NoDonkey on April 2, 2009 at 1:39 PM

How much longer until Joe Biden credits Porkulus for the Hoover Dam, interstate highways, and Mount Rushmore?

Wait, what? He didn’t earmark those items himself? Say it ain’t so, Joe!

tru2tx on April 2, 2009 at 1:40 PM

Biden is no longer a party line voting member of the Senate so now he is the token white boy and comic opera at best. His Foreign Policy experience is as sadly lacking as Obamas.

He is just the distraction while the hardcore Socialists do their damage to the Nation. The decoy, kinda like chaff & flares on a warplane. Useful but disposable after his purpose has been served.

old trooper2 on April 2, 2009 at 1:45 PM

Are we supposed to be surprised by this. Let me clue you in on what the next 2 to 4 years is going to be like. Obama, Biden and the democrats in congress are going to blame anything that goes wrong on Bush and try to take credit for anything that Bush accomplished.

TrickyDick on April 2, 2009 at 1:57 PM

Sorry Joe – It’s back to the Basement for you.
The brightest VP ever.

kingsjester on April 2, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Makes me yearn for the good old days and dick Cheney.

seven on April 2, 2009 at 2:09 PM

Are we supposed to be surprised by this. Let me clue you in on what the next 2 to 4 years is going to be like. Obama, Biden and the democrats in congress are going to blame anything that goes wrong on Bush and try to take credit for anything that Bush accomplished.

TrickyDick on April 2, 2009 at 1:57 PM

The mantra from the press and Democrats throughout the current economic crisis has been that more “accountability” is needed. Well, this is yet another demonstration of why Fascism Doesn’t Work. Fascism places control of the economy under the least accountable possible actor, the government. You can’t even tell what the government did, or didn’t, do. How many people will be perfectly happy to believe this nonsense out of Biden, and will never know any different?

It won’t be hard for them to blame everything bad on Bush and take credit for everything good, as you say. We can hardly rely upon the media to blow the whistle on them. We all had a good laugh about the imbecilic claims that Obama’s policies will “create or save” X number of jobs, but the media will energetically help sell that kind of sloppy nonsense to the public.

Not only is it nearly impossible to hold the government to account for its mistakes, it’s nearly impossible to assess what it has actually done. A private industry would never be able to get away with what Biden did here, or what the Administration will do with increasing frequency over the coming years… if Ford tries to take credit for Toyota sales, they get laughed out of the room, and if Ford tries to claim their cars prevent male-pattern baldness, they get sued. Obama can claim virtually any aspect of a trillion-dollar economy is, or is not, his responsibility, and the voters would need PhDs in macroeconomics to know for certain if he’s telling the truth. Even the kind of obvious failure that would destroy a private industry can be spun as success by the government. Can anyone doubt that a $300 billion dollar loss at GM, accompanies by a 3% increase in minority car ownership thanks to Fannie Mae-style socially engineered loans, would be presented as a terrific victory?

Doctor Zero on April 2, 2009 at 2:11 PM

cream slime rises to the top in our new political system

gatorboy on April 2, 2009 at 1:16 PM

There, FIFY!

Sweet_Thang on April 2, 2009 at 2:14 PM

Say it aint’t so Joe. This could still be a teleprompter malfunction. we do not know if these teleprompters are new or still have some Republican lineage in them.

seven on April 2, 2009 at 2:14 PM

Biden has been taking credit for everything good in Delaware for the last two generations from his braindead constituents.

Speedwagon82 on April 2, 2009 at 2:21 PM

Home Alone…

right2bright on April 2, 2009 at 2:28 PM

“How much longer until Joe Biden credits Porkulus for the Hoover Dam … ”

When he does, he probably will call it Boulder Dam.

burt on April 2, 2009 at 2:30 PM

But you don’t understand. The stimulus bill saved these jobs. That’s what Biden meant to say.

Doughboy on April 2, 2009 at 1:21 PM

.
But you don’t understand. The plan is to save or create three and a half million jobs. Those jobs are all that will be available. The other 160 million will be gone.

And that 3,500,000 is about the size of the Federal payroll.

See?

News2Use on April 2, 2009 at 2:34 PM

Just another example of Biden ‘making up shit as he goes along’. Of course the press/prostitutes will eat it up and repeat it like a drum beat.

GarandFan on April 2, 2009 at 2:46 PM

A wave of new loans, though, sounds like a repeat of what created the recession, said John Tyndall, a volunteer firefighter and corn and soybean farmer who attended the Biden event.
“They gave out loans to people who couldn’t pay ‘em back,” Tyndall said.

Another average American who knows how to cut through the BS… John the Firefighter!

drunyan8315 on April 2, 2009 at 2:55 PM

If I’m not mistaken, money from the Stimulus bill made it possible for my mom and dad to keep their jobs, and eventually meet and marry 55 years ago.

The stimulus is working so fast it’s breaking the time barrier…

karl9000 on April 2, 2009 at 2:58 PM

That’s good. A GOP state senator taking credit for unconstitutional spending by the federal government.

What is wrong with you people in the GOP?

RWLA on April 2, 2009 at 3:10 PM

I hope John the Farmer / Firefighter has all his taxes paid up, is current in his firefighter training, and hasn’t ever done anything like get divorced, because if he has… well the news value of any of that would inestimable, according to the precedents of the MSM!

On the other hand, the President’s original birth certificate, transcipts, theses, and Illinois legislative papers… or for that matter, the military records of the “war hero” that the Dems ran last time… those are all just distractions!!

drunyan8315 on April 2, 2009 at 4:10 PM

How much longer until Joe Biden credits Porkulus for the Hoover Dam, interstate highways, and Mount Rushmore?

Think how many people will be put to work when they decide to carve The One’s head on Mt. RushWantsmore

Mo_mac on April 2, 2009 at 4:59 PM

Joe still would be an improvement over Obama-nation.

darktood on April 2, 2009 at 5:09 PM

This boob is stupid, arrogant, and dangerous.

maryo on April 2, 2009 at 7:24 PM

Then we’re just as de fucto as we are as when Bammy’s in the country, so everything’s sweet.

NoDonkey on April 2, 2009 at 1:39 PM

Thanks. That laugh made my day.

davidk on April 2, 2009 at 8:46 PM