Biden: Maybe the EU capital is the center of the free world

posted at 3:35 pm on May 24, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

As Joe Biden gaffes go, this one’s a …medium.  Biden saluted Brussels, Belgium in the opening of his address to the European Parliament with the traditional, obsequious praise all speakers offer to another country when addressing their legislatures — well, almost all, anyway.  However, as Biden is wont to do, he goes overboard, and in the process denigrates his peers in the American political system and his own country:

As you probably know, some American politicians and American journalists refer to Washington, DC as the “capital of the free world.”  But it seems to me that this great city, which boasts 1,000 years of history and which serves as the capital of Belgium, the home of the European Union, and the headquarters for NATO, this city has its own legitimate claim to that title.

How exactly would Brussels claim that status?  Do they spend massive amounts of money defending the free world and policing the trade routes of the world?  In Afghanistan, do they play a primary or even secondary combat role in the most obvious Western effort to defend liberty against its enemies?  Not exactly.  The US still picks up the tab for most of those efforts, as it has for the last sixty-five years.  If we hadn’t done so, there wouldn’t be an EU in the form it takes today, and if we stopped, it’s likely that the EU wouldn’t survive under the economic pressures of providing for its own security.

That’s not to say that the EU doesn’t partner with us on those issues; they do.  But they hardly take a leadership role.  Perhaps Biden is speaking of the future, after Barack Obama successfully concludes his apology tour during his term of office and we withdraw from global affairs, or at the least start asking for EU approval for our foreign policy.  At least that would make some sort of sense from the nonsensical and silly claims Biden made in Brussels.


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… and this man is one heart beat away from the Presidency

God help us all.

J_Crater on May 24, 2010 at 3:37 PM

Joe wants to be on the new “One World Currency” $3 dollar bill.

portlandon on May 24, 2010 at 3:38 PM

I want these people out of office.

NOW!

Skywise on May 24, 2010 at 3:38 PM

Do they have a blog with the “Gaffe’s of Biden” yet? Someone could be making GOLD on that!

upinak on May 24, 2010 at 3:38 PM

This is like loins level 3. Maybe 3.5 – mild girding recommended but not necessary.

lorien1973 on May 24, 2010 at 3:39 PM

The EU and freedom have absolutely nothing in common.

Tommy_G on May 24, 2010 at 3:39 PM

he’s perfect for this administration.

search4truth on May 24, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Stand up EU!!!

portlandon on May 24, 2010 at 3:40 PM

US taxpayers provided the “capital of the free world.” which we in turn borrow from the Chinese.

The capitol of the free world is of course Washington DC.

pedestrian on May 24, 2010 at 3:40 PM

Not. A. Gaffe.

rockmom on May 24, 2010 at 3:40 PM

Joe is as Joe does. God luv ‘em!

NickelAndDime on May 24, 2010 at 3:40 PM

Did he blast their immigration laws?

/

artist on May 24, 2010 at 3:41 PM

Intellectual Disability?

trubble on May 24, 2010 at 3:41 PM

For Obama, Biden and crew, precipitous American decline is a foregone conclusion…they are there to ensure it happens. To them, it’s a feature, not a bug. So, of course Belgium is the center of the free world in their withered brains.

AUINSC on May 24, 2010 at 3:41 PM

Moderator: Mr. Obama, what is the capital of the “free world” ?

Obama: Aah. There .. there .. isn’t really just one capital of the free world. Aah. .. next question.

Palin: Oh come on now Mr. President, every housewife in Wasilla knows the answer to that question …

J_Crater on May 24, 2010 at 3:42 PM

Stand up EU!!!

portlandon on May 24, 2010 at 3:40 PM

Blogs for Biden:

Stand Up Chuck!
Bindenator: Gaffe’s only the One’s second could stumlbe upon.
This is a Big F*ing Deal: Biden “Gird your Loin” Gaffes.

Oh someone stop me! I could go all day!

upinak on May 24, 2010 at 3:42 PM

Joe meant the chocolate capital of the free world. Simple.

andycanuck on May 24, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Everyday it’s a new load of crap coming form those
twits. . . . They never miss a day to wipe thier
butts on this country.

Texyank on May 24, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Just yesterday, I was pondering this quote, nostalgic that it is now obsolete:

If you want to be prosecuted for expressing your opinion, you need to go to Europe, not George Bush’s America

Yes, I do miss W.

fluffy on May 24, 2010 at 3:44 PM

BUT THE QUESTION IS: DID HE BOW?

GarandFan on May 24, 2010 at 3:44 PM

And there is a $h!tty tasting vegetable named after that city

macncheez on May 24, 2010 at 3:44 PM

Maybe Belgium will take the UN.

BacaDog on May 24, 2010 at 3:45 PM

Oh someone stop me! I could go all day!

upinak on May 24, 2010 at 3:42 PM

“Obama’s Clean,Articualte….”
“Can’t go to a 7-11 without someone having an accent…”
“I eat at Katie’s Restaurant” (it closed 8 years ago)

The man is the magic 8-ball of stupidity.

portlandon on May 24, 2010 at 3:45 PM

Cool, may be we can send them some of our illegals.

DaydreamBeliever on May 24, 2010 at 3:46 PM

Well good then let Brussels be scape goat to every sh&*(*(( H*** in the world. Take the Illegal Aliens why their at it!!!!!!!!!!!!

xler8bmw on May 24, 2010 at 3:46 PM

“I eat at Katie’s Restaurant” (it closed 8 years ago)

The man is the magic 8-ball of stupidity.

portlandon on May 24, 2010 at 3:45 PM

FDR on TV after the stock market crash ?

macncheez on May 24, 2010 at 3:47 PM

Joe wants to be on the new “One World Currency” $3 dollar bill.

To show the “power of money” and his intellectual ability, Joe Biden would suggest the square root of 3 dollar bill. The $1.732 bill.

J_Crater on May 24, 2010 at 3:47 PM

portlandon on May 24, 2010 at 3:45 PM

VPOTUS: Because you can’t have a POTUS without the VPOTUS!

Meet Joe Biden: Gaffemaster in Arms!

Wait.. didn’t Joe say that there was TV in like 1918 or something LOL. OMG this guy is worth a funny satire blog.

upinak on May 24, 2010 at 3:47 PM

As a kid reading comic books there was an ad for 100 stamps for $1.00, as a fool I bought the stamps and by golly 90% of them were from Brussels. That has to mean something.

fourdeucer on May 24, 2010 at 3:48 PM

J.O.B.S.

Three letter word

-Joe GaffeBiden

canopfor on May 24, 2010 at 3:48 PM

The next thing he will say is that Greece is the “Finance Capital of the World”.

Dire Straits on May 24, 2010 at 3:48 PM

Does Biden know the number to the website of the world’s capital city ?

macncheez on May 24, 2010 at 3:49 PM

FDR on TV after the stock market crash ?

macncheez on May 24, 2010 at 3:47 PM

Remember when he said the President of Ireland’s Mom was dead during the St Patrick’s day speech?

She was very much alive.

portlandon on May 24, 2010 at 3:49 PM

As Joe Biden gaffes go, this one’s a…medium.

Keep telling yourself this was a gaffe.

selias on May 24, 2010 at 3:50 PM

Maybe Belgium will take the UN.

BacaDog on May 24, 2010 at 3:45 PM

Yes! That’s a perfect idea. It needs to be removed from New York.

Heralder on May 24, 2010 at 3:50 PM

“You know, I’m embarrassed. Do you know the Web site number? I should have it in front of me and I don’t. I’m actually embarrassed.”Joe Biden, speaking to an aide standing out of view during an interview on CBS’ “Early Show,” in the midst of encouraging viewers to visit a government-run Web site that tracks stimulus spending, Feb. 25, 2009

portlandon on May 24, 2010 at 3:50 PM

Judg-a-ment.

Hey boss…..

SlaveDog on May 24, 2010 at 3:51 PM

“Capital of the Free World”
Obama’s administration wants to declare Brussels the free world’s capital? UN, get out of NYC

maverick muse on May 24, 2010 at 3:51 PM

I got it:

Biden’s “Big F*ing Deal” Blog.
~For those who can’t get enough of the Gaffemaster~

upinak on May 24, 2010 at 3:51 PM

She was very much alive.

portlandon on May 24, 2010 at 3:49 PM

hehehhe

and when he informed us that we drove out hizbollah out of Lebanan ?

macncheez on May 24, 2010 at 3:51 PM

At least he didn’t waffle.

N. O'Brain on May 24, 2010 at 3:51 PM

“Jill and I had the great honor of standing on that stage, looking across at one of the great justices, Justice Stewart.” –Joe Biden, mistakenly referring to Justice John Paul Stevens, who swore him in as vice president, Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009

portlandon on May 24, 2010 at 3:52 PM

This is a big f’ing deal.

rbj on May 24, 2010 at 3:52 PM

She was very much alive.

Nice little mother you have there. Hate for her to have an …………accident.

BacaDog on May 24, 2010 at 3:52 PM

Biden’s “Big F*ing Deal” Blog.
~For those who can’t get enough of the Gaffemaster~

upinak on May 24, 2010 at 3:51 PM

PERFECT!

BFD.com

portlandon on May 24, 2010 at 3:52 PM

Something I saved:

“We went from Darth Cheney to Jar Jar Biden.”

kingsjester on February 26, 2010 at 9:02 AM
-Hot Air Blog

N. O'Brain on May 24, 2010 at 3:52 PM

Washington, DC as the “capital of the free world.”

Interesting,so that means Hopey still can’t
find his way home as the Leader of the Free World!!

canopfor on May 24, 2010 at 3:52 PM

PERFECT!

BFD.com

portlandon on May 24, 2010 at 3:52 PM

LMFAO! you in? You know you wanna!

upinak on May 24, 2010 at 3:53 PM

World Trade Center, move out of NYC and on over to Brussels.

maverick muse on May 24, 2010 at 3:53 PM

Joe Biden. Obama’s guaranteed life insurance policy.

hippieforlife on May 24, 2010 at 3:53 PM

“A man I’m proud to call my friend. A man who will be the next President of the United States — Barack America!” –Joe Biden, at his first campaign rally with Barack Obama after being announced as his running mate, Springfield, Ill., Aug. 23, 2008

portlandon on May 24, 2010 at 3:53 PM

How could the capital of the free world have an army that is unionized?

‘Nuff said.

rogersnowden on May 24, 2010 at 3:54 PM

I’m sure the same speech will work for Smirkin Joe when he visits Havana.

Or Caracas.

fogw on May 24, 2010 at 3:54 PM

N. O’Brain on May 24, 2010 at 3:52 PM

Appreciate it.

kingsjester on May 24, 2010 at 3:55 PM

“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.” –Joe Biden, speaking at a town hall meeting in Nashua, New Hampshire

canopfor on May 24, 2010 at 3:55 PM

If nothing else, the Obama administration projects a consistent message to the rest of the world: “America Sucks!”

DamnCat on May 24, 2010 at 3:55 PM

Wait.. didn’t Joe say that there was TV in like 1918 or something LOL. OMG this guy is worth a funny satire blog.

upinak on May 24, 2010 at 3:47 PM

upinak:))))
===================================================

. “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.” -Joe Biden, apparently unaware that FDR wasn’t president when the stock market crashed in 1929 and that only experimental TV sets were in use at that time

canopfor on May 24, 2010 at 3:56 PM

..once again, confirming that Buiden is the epicenter of world stupidity..the other being the clown in the WH..

The War Planner on May 24, 2010 at 3:57 PM

Y’all give Joe a break. He had just spent ten hours on a street in Brussels,trying to figure out how the water comes out of that world famous statue.

kingsjester on May 24, 2010 at 3:57 PM

Remind me: How many thousands of years is it until 2012?

Daggett on May 24, 2010 at 3:57 PM

In “Obama bizzarro world,” anything is possible …
Just call me Speaker of the House
… bring me my private jet.

J_Crater on May 24, 2010 at 3:57 PM

*shaking the head*
Joe, Joe, Joe…..what an idiot

cmsinaz on May 24, 2010 at 3:57 PM

Biden is intellectually disabled.

Kafir on May 24, 2010 at 3:58 PM

How exactly would Brussels claim that status?

Three words:

Fries (they are NOT French)
Waffles
Chocolate

Any country that orginated those three foods can be my center of the free world.

MississippiMom on May 24, 2010 at 4:00 PM

Biden: Maybe the EU capital is the center of the free world

He just slipped a bit and revealed their master plan.

Monica on May 24, 2010 at 4:01 PM

I live just east of Brussels. One of the things that has shocked me here — “here” meaning continental Europe, not just Brussels or Belgium — is how incredibly racist they are. The most egregious local example is Black Pete, Santa Claus’s black slave. And just in case this weren’t offensive enough, Black Pete is always portrayed by a white person in blackface. They’ve tried to whitewash it (ha!) by saying he’s just covered in soot from going down chimneys, but then Santa would be black too.

And the bizarre thing is they don’t think they’re racist. They’ll just say, “No, I’m not racist, I just think black people should stay in Africa, and they shouldn’t marry white people.” If the stuff that flies under the radar here happened in the States, cities would burn.

JS on May 24, 2010 at 4:01 PM

A Gaffe a day……

keeps Democrats at bay……

canopfor on May 24, 2010 at 4:02 PM

Somehow European socialism and freedom don’t seem to go together.

Out of other people’s money to handout, out of time.

tarpon on May 24, 2010 at 4:04 PM

He it is. HEHE is anyone wants to help with this. You know how to get a hold of me.

upinak on May 24, 2010 at 4:04 PM

Pffft. Consider the source. Biden is a moron, and proves it every time he uses his ability to speak.

capejasmine on May 24, 2010 at 4:05 PM

This is a seriously insane human

faraway on May 24, 2010 at 4:05 PM

MississippiMom on May 24, 2010 at 4:00 PM

Bacon.

Communist.

lorien1973 on May 24, 2010 at 4:06 PM

Tell it to the Congolese.

Capital of the free world my a**.

Bennett on May 24, 2010 at 4:07 PM

The man had multiple brain surgeries people. A BRAIN TUMOR and 2 aneurysm and we still elected him. Now tell me who has the real mental handicap?

What do people expect?

TheBigOldDog on May 24, 2010 at 4:08 PM

Maybe Belgium will take the UN.

BacaDog on May 24, 2010 at 3:45 PM

I just started hopin’ for a change!

stvnscott on May 24, 2010 at 4:09 PM

Someone’s angling for another beer summit invite.

Christien on May 24, 2010 at 4:11 PM

So, does anyone have a good feel for who the worst Vice Presidents in history are?

Count to 10 on May 24, 2010 at 4:12 PM

“Belgium is a country invented by the English to annoy the French.”
– Charles de Gaulle

mojo on May 24, 2010 at 4:13 PM

The Barry and Joe Bow Down to the World Road Show. From their twisted view of things, this gaffe makes perfect sense. After all, the EU is the model they aspire the world to be governed by- a governing body made up from whole cloth and not accountable to anyone, not even themselves. To Barry and Joe, it’s the biggest of f*#@king deals.

Fletch54 on May 24, 2010 at 4:19 PM

And yet the left was just soooooooo appalled at the prospect of Silly Sarah as VP.

Excuse me while I barf.

disa on May 24, 2010 at 4:19 PM

Upinak,

http://joebidensaidthat.com/

Here’s a site that has been keeping up w/ Joe.

di butler on May 24, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Ah yes, tiny Belgium, France’s mini-me is capital and center of the free world.

Only if the rest of the free world surrenders, which sadly is what our president does best with a servient bow.

RJL on May 24, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Awww this aint bad, last week, when Calderon was at the Whitehouse, Biden handed him a weed whacker and told him the smoking break was over.

Alden Pyle on May 24, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Joe heard it’s all-you-can-drink at the DeBeers factory tour.

Christien on May 24, 2010 at 4:27 PM

I wish I actually met someone that supported and think Biden is a great leader…I want to meet the person who actually voted for him…I get Obama, he was “special”.
But Biden? I have got to meet that one person who thinks he is anything but a big doofus.

right2bright on May 24, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Joe has a scary IQ, because he told us so, therfore all these gaffes and screw ups are signs of a soooooper jeanyus.

jukin on May 24, 2010 at 4:39 PM

I wouldn’t sell this “gaffe” short. When this man was the holder of “The Office of the Vice President Elect”, he advised Israel to prepare for a nuclear Iran. I think it is far more likely that this, like the prior statement, is not a gaffe but simply Joe unable to keep his mouth shut.

CC

CapedConservative on May 24, 2010 at 4:40 PM

Joe Biden is merely vying for the position of
The New Mannequin Pis
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_zUVEbzx4jO0/SD1stdK0h8I/AAAAAAAAABI/iRamWvdh8Hw/S660/617px-Manneken_Pis_%2528crop%2529.jpg

Lockstein13 on May 24, 2010 at 4:43 PM

And poor Dan Quayle will never live down ‘potatoe’ (which wasn’t even his fault, dontcha know).

lonesome_pine on May 24, 2010 at 4:44 PM

“N. O’Brain on May 24, 2010 at 3:52 PM

Appreciate it.

kingsjester on May 24, 2010 at 3:55 PM”

Yeah, it was ROTFLMAO funny.

And I kept the attribution.

Being honest is a burden…….

N. O'Brain on May 24, 2010 at 4:45 PM

Bacon.

Communist.

lorien1973 on May 24, 2010 at 4:06 PM

Chocolate is my favorite stand alone food group, communist or not! I will sell out my political soul for it! :-)

But I will agree that bacon does makes every other food taste better. It should be on the table like salt/pepper.

MississippiMom on May 24, 2010 at 4:48 PM

What an idiot!! and a national embarrassment!

ultracon on May 24, 2010 at 4:48 PM

As a kid reading comic books there was an ad for 100 stamps for $1.00, as a fool I bought the stamps and by golly 90% of them were from Brussels. That has to mean something.

fourdeucer on May 24, 2010 at 3:48 PM

LOL, no doubt you bought them from Littleton Stamp Co. here in New Hampshire. Believe it or not they are still in business-changed their name Mystic Stamp, though they still have a sister company called Littleton Coin.

Del Dolemonte on May 24, 2010 at 4:50 PM

All of the Obama administration’s prostrations are public record of themselves expressing their OWN ineptitude, their own ignorance, their own criminal negligence of their own constitutional duties. EX: Obama telling America to model our civil rights after China’s lack of civil rights is his own admission that he not only has no intention of upholding our Constitution and Bill of Rights, but that he intends to revise through “comprehensive legislative reform” all “rights” to belong to the federal government, none to citizens, none to any state.

BTW, do note that governors can and must protect their own constituent citizens even/especially when the potus/federal government fails to do so. Aside from the example from AZ suffering from the federal lack of border security, similarly, Jindal is now taking matters into his own hands as Louisiana Governor instead of still waiting indefinitely because of the federal bureaucracies’ REFUSAL to perform according to their legally established protocol.

maverick muse on May 24, 2010 at 4:51 PM

Come on Joe, you know it’s really Chicago.

Schadenfreude on May 24, 2010 at 4:51 PM

Joe strikes again!!!! We needed this Joe. Now get back home and go into that secret bunker.

antisocial on May 24, 2010 at 4:52 PM

What an idiot!! and a national embarrassment!

ultracon on May 24, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Palin would have been so much worse! Joe is doing a fine job, you betcha!

/happyfeet aka simplesimon

Del Dolemonte on May 24, 2010 at 4:55 PM

when Calderon was at the Whitehouse….

Alden Pyle on May 24, 2010 at 4:21 PM

/Calderon’s stateside US visit coincides with Mexican “black tar” heroin’s appearance, at least in the media, with the accidental overdoses reported.

maverick muse on May 24, 2010 at 4:55 PM

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