Biden: “You’re the dullest audience I’ve ever spoken to”

posted at 9:30 am on October 8, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Is it too late to start a Bidenism of the Day?  Alas, Andrew Malcolm usually has that beat well covered, but in this case, the Hill reports on the just-reconfirmed running mate for Barack Obama’s election helping to turn Wisconsin, er, red. After getting a tepid reaction from his attempt to demagogue on globalization and jobs, Joe Biden blamed his audience for failing to appreciate his genius:

“We want to reward people who manufacture things in the United States, in Wisconsin, not to take them overseas to China and to other countries!” he said to a silent room at the event for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Tom Barrett, according to a White House pool report.

He continued, saying, “You’re the dullest audience I’ve ever spoken to,” at which point he got applause and laughs. “Do you realize how many jobs Wisconsin lost? It’s staggering!”

Well, Wisconsin voters certainly know how many jobs have been lost — all while Obama and Biden claimed to be “saving or creating them.”  Biden speaks as if he and his boss have not been in power for most of two years, and Democrats in charge of Congress for almost four.  On top of that, Democrats have run Wisconsin for the last several years, if not longer, including Mayor Tom Barrett for whom Biden campaigned today.  So who lost the jobs, and who is responsible for them not coming back?

Barrett, by the way, is trailing significantly in the polls to Scott Walker, and at the same time Russ Feingold has fallen back of Ron Johnson.  Usually in those cases, politicians like to inspire the base by telling them how intelligent and powerful they are in order to fire them up and get them engaged.  Calling them the “dullest audience I’ve ever spoken to” is hardly motivational, but it does fit nicely with the recent White House strategy of scolding Democrats for not being enthusiastic enough about the massive failures created by their leadership.  Now they’re sending the court jester out to scold voters for not amusing him well enough.

In fact, Andrew Malcolm is already on this particular story, noting that the audience paid $250 to get insulted.  Imagine what Biden would have called them had they paid $500:

And after Biden’s emphatically-promised economic Recovery Summer didn’t recover anything and all this travel and talking, it can be frustrating for a longtime self-respecting ex-senator to stand in front of a bunch of dullard Democrat donors who just don’t get it.

Finally, Thursday the effing vice president had had enough. …

Nothing. No hoots and hollers. Not even a whistle. That did it.

“You are,” the vice president of the United States informed the party donors, “the dullest audience I’ve ever spoken to.”

Finally, applause and laughter.

Biden then took his political good will tour to Missouri. He’ll be in Seattle all day today, folks, for two more riveting fundraisers.

Maybe he’ll gripe about the lousy coffee in town …


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“You’re the dullest audience I’ve ever spoken to,” at which point he got applause and laughs. “Do you realize how many jobs Wisconsin lost? It’s staggering!”

The job losses and beatings will continue until the attitude and adoration of his Oneness in Wisconsin improves…..

Motivational posters

ted c on October 8, 2010 at 9:32 AM

He continued, saying, “You’re the dullest audience I’ve ever spoken to,” at which point he got applause and laughs.

It’s called a joke, Ed. You see usually it’s the speaker who is or isn’t dull. By changing the point of expectation from the speaker to the audience, Biden is engaging in what we Earthlings call “humour”.

aengus on October 8, 2010 at 9:33 AM

GaffeBiden Strikes Again!!

canopfor on October 8, 2010 at 9:33 AM

They didn’t respond to his demagoguery… and that scared the dickens out of him.

Better check that playbook one more time, Joe.

Say it ain’t so, Joe.

mankai on October 8, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Loins….girded.

BigWyo on October 8, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Has anyone ever compared Biden’s intelligence pre and post hair plugs? I think he has a law suit there.

dirtseller on October 8, 2010 at 9:35 AM

Nancy needs to put a 10 second delay gizmo
in GaffeBidens yap,for his own good!!(sarc).

canopfor on October 8, 2010 at 9:35 AM

Now they’re sending the court jester out to scold voters for not amusing him well enough.

I’m certain that an NIH funded study will soon show that the latent effects of chronic KoolAid imbition will conclusively state that these people are prone to lethargy, inability to hold a job, poor math skills, inattention, fits of crying, and chronic apathy with politicians.

ted c on October 8, 2010 at 9:35 AM

It’s always someone else’s fault.

right2bright on October 8, 2010 at 9:35 AM

Back at ya!

d1carter on October 8, 2010 at 9:36 AM

This guy is just amazing.

UltimateBob on October 8, 2010 at 9:37 AM

Quite the motivational speaker, ain’t he?

Bat Chain Puller on October 8, 2010 at 9:37 AM

“We want to reward people who manufacture things in the United States
================

Solar panels and electric cars no doubt!!

canopfor on October 8, 2010 at 9:37 AM

Lord love ya, Joe! Keep talking!

MochaLite on October 8, 2010 at 9:37 AM

You’re the dullest audience I’ve ever spoken to

Ah, yes. This from an obtuse loser who just happens to be as dumb as a bucket of rocks.

Cody1991 on October 8, 2010 at 9:41 AM

… And people in Delaware think Christine O’Donnell can’t handle his old job?

A trained sea slug is more on-the-ball than this guy.

UltimateBob on October 8, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Stand up Joe!

Dingbat63 on October 8, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Biden really is to political fundraising speeches what Andy Kaufman used to be to comedy — show up, never know what you’re going to get, but with a 50-50 chance that the featured attraction is going to get hostile with the audience.

jon1979 on October 8, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Could Joe be a Hillary plant? She did say they both love what they’re doing right now.

txhsmom on October 8, 2010 at 9:43 AM

the audience paid $250 to get insulted.

What was that about fools and their money?

Lanceman on October 8, 2010 at 9:43 AM

The Bidenator has spoken!

dczombie on October 8, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Is it too late to start a Bidenism of the Day?

Ed, it would need to be a Bidenism of the Moment.

rbj on October 8, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Instead of standing on the Titanic’s deck and playing soothing music on a violin, Biden does stand-up comedy. What’d he expect?

cartooner on October 8, 2010 at 9:44 AM

In fact, Andrew Malcolm is already on this particular story, noting that the audience paid $250 to get insulted.

Probably costs a lot less to see a Don Rickles show. And Rickles is occasionally funny.

Wethal on October 8, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Out–Joe Biden

In—Joe Boring

canopfor on October 8, 2010 at 9:44 AM

It’s called a joke, Ed. You see usually it’s the speaker who is or isn’t dull. By changing the point of expectation from the speaker to the audience, Biden is engaging in what we Earthlings call “humour”.

aengus on October 8, 2010 at 9:33 AM

I think I probably have a much higher IQ than you do.

- Joe Biden

You cannot go to a 7/11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.

- Joe Biden

Why don’t you say something nice instead of being a smartass all the time?

- Joe Biden

It’s called a pattern, aengus.

MadisonConservative on October 8, 2010 at 9:45 AM

It’s called a pattern, aengus.

Nah, you’re just inside an echo chamber is all. The article even says the audience laughed.

aengus on October 8, 2010 at 9:47 AM

The dumbest VP ever said what ??

tarpon on October 8, 2010 at 9:48 AM

I’m going to be a little sad once Hillary becomes VP. She’s not nearly as much fun as old Joe.

myrenovations on October 8, 2010 at 9:49 AM

Nah, you’re just inside an echo chamber is all. The article even says the audience laughed.

aengus on October 8, 2010 at 9:47 AM

An audience…in Madison, Wisconsin…that was there to see Joe Biden.

MadisonConservative on October 8, 2010 at 9:49 AM

Probably costs a lot less to see a Don Rickles show. And Rickles is occasionally funny.

Wethal on October 8, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Wethal:)
========================================================

Don Rickles on Dean Martin Roasts Reagan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ALHiadIsKo

canopfor on October 8, 2010 at 9:49 AM

An audience…in Madison, Wisconsin…that was there to see Joe Biden.

Were you there? Or do you mean that Madison, Wisconsin is full of idiots and you would know because you live there?

aengus on October 8, 2010 at 9:53 AM

The dumbest VP ever said what ??

tarpon on October 8, 2010 at 9:48 AM

Vice President Quimby.

Lanceman on October 8, 2010 at 9:53 AM

I was asleep because you’re the dullest man I’ve ever heard speak.

NoDonkey on October 8, 2010 at 9:53 AM

He’ll be in Seattle all day today, folks, for two more riveting fundraisers.

Dino Rossi should invite Biden to spend the whole month campaigning for Patty Murray!

Steve Z on October 8, 2010 at 9:54 AM

Or do you mean that Madison, Wisconsin is full of idiots and you would know because you live there?

aengus on October 8, 2010 at 9:53 AM

Are you unfamiliar with the fact that Madison is one of the most liberal cities in the country?

MadisonConservative on October 8, 2010 at 9:56 AM

Could Joe be a Hillary plant? She did say they both love what they’re doing right now.

txhsmom on October 8, 2010 at 9:43 AM

txhsmom: HilRod’s Extreme Vast RightWing Conspiracy
Cabal strikes again!!

canopfor on October 8, 2010 at 9:56 AM

What’s sad is, at this point, given his boss, I wouldn’t mind is Crazy Uncle Joe got promoted.

kingsjester on October 8, 2010 at 10:00 AM

And the Democrats had the audacity to make fun of Dan Qualye years ago for his gaffes?

When it comes to jackass comments of the highest caliber, nobody does it better than Biden!

pilamaye on October 8, 2010 at 10:01 AM

I do believe ole Joe’s brain is unexpectedly half empty.

percysunshine on October 8, 2010 at 10:01 AM

Joke or not, he’s unused to actually explaining why Democrats are good for economic growth evidently. He probably just assumes that ingrained cultural bias and political habit guarantee hefty financial donations from the wealthy even during a near-Depression. Only tea party nuts rebel against hapless party establishments, after all.

Seth Halpern on October 8, 2010 at 10:01 AM

OT: Gen. James Jones to step down as National Sec. Advisor…
BHO: we don’t need no stinkin’ security advisor…/

d1carter on October 8, 2010 at 10:03 AM

We don need no stinging voters!

Speakup on October 8, 2010 at 10:04 AM

Houseplants don’t say much….

ted c on October 8, 2010 at 10:04 AM

It sounds like he was making the case for Ron Johnson. Someone that q
exports products, not jobs, to China.

lizzie beth on October 8, 2010 at 10:06 AM

He should’ve tapped the mic and said … (tap tap tap) … “Is this thing on? I said … We want to reward people who manufacture things in the United States, in Wisconsin, not to take them overseas to China and to other countries!”

Tony737 on October 8, 2010 at 10:07 AM

pilamaye on October 8, 2010 at 10:01 AM

1 gaffe is not ‘gaffes’, pilla.

Lanceman on October 8, 2010 at 10:07 AM

OT: Gen. James Jones to step down as National Sec. Advisor…
BHO: we don’t need no stinkin’ security advisor…/

d1carter on October 8, 2010 at 10:03 AM

Deserting a sinking ship?

sandee on October 8, 2010 at 10:07 AM

Andrew did get to this.

As for the jobs lost “joke”, we’ve had a tax-them-out-of-existence governor the last 8 years, a tax-them-out-of-existence state Senate the last 4 (which, along with a ‘Rat near-majority in the Assembly and a few key RINOs, implemented a large part of that plan in 2007), and a full-out tax-them-out-of-existence Assembly the last 2. Immediately upon getting official control of the last piece of the budget process, the ‘Rats implemented a millionaire’s tax and combined reporting, which has already cost thousands of jobs.

steveegg on October 8, 2010 at 10:09 AM

Why do you have to be such a smartass?

vcferlita on October 8, 2010 at 10:11 AM

Ha-ha-ha! Good Old Joe, what a wit! Always good for a chuckle, why, even his gaffes are well-intended and softened by his great good nature, his indisputable intelligence and being a Democrat. Unlike that bungling moron George Bush.

SurferDoc on October 8, 2010 at 10:13 AM

Every so often they tip their hand and show their disdain for the electorate.

Sarcasm is a weapon used by those who want to even the score. Sarcasm is a passive-aggressive shield to say something hurtful, mean or angry without taking responsibility. I know I can use it myself sometimes.

Because Joe’s cloaked the attack inside a joke, he’s just being light or humorous and everyone else is just being too sensitive. Right, aengus?

Fallon on October 8, 2010 at 10:14 AM

About the National Security Adviser quitting. I wonder if this has anything to do with the charges by some European advisers that Obama “exaggerated” the terrorist threat? Interesting…

sandee on October 8, 2010 at 10:14 AM

The Vice-Jackass has spoken…

PatriotRider on October 8, 2010 at 10:16 AM

Biden: “You’re the dullest audience I’ve ever spoken to”

It’s, as Barack Obama has said, a six word phrase, ‘You should be thanking us.’

/Biden

Left Coast Right Mind on October 8, 2010 at 10:16 AM

It’s called a pattern, aengus.
Nah, you’re just inside an echo chamber is all. The article even says the audience laughed.

aengus on October 8, 2010 at 9:47 AM

The fact that they laughed at a thinly veiled insult shows they are not smart enough to know when someone is joking with them & when someone is treating them jokingly with contempt.
But hey, you fell for it, too.

Are you unfamiliar with the fact that Madison is one of the most liberal cities in the country?

MadisonConservative on October 8, 2010 at 9:56 AM

Possibly he is.
But I would wager that aengus is someone who doesn’t get too worked up when being blatantly insulted bcs if it’s disguised as a ‘joke’, the no harm done.
Some of these might be known as Democrats and Independents.

Badger40 on October 8, 2010 at 10:20 AM

Pot…Kettle…Black

garry on October 8, 2010 at 10:26 AM

I’ll give Biden a pass on this. That ‘dullest audience’ quote can be intended as a laugh line, and Biden (thinks he) has a sense of humor. I don’t believe for one second that Sheriff Joe said that with any malice. Probably better to focus on other things besides this out-of-context ‘outrage’….

joejm65 on October 8, 2010 at 10:29 AM

Biden IS the dullest blade in the drawer.

jbh45 on October 8, 2010 at 10:29 AM

Biden reminds me of Ray Liotta at the end of Hannibal.

He’s a few candles short of a Menorah.

gash on October 8, 2010 at 10:32 AM

Time and time again I am reminded that this administration only leads those who agree with them. Everyone else is the enemy and I don’t think that is a great way to govern.

Cindy Munford on October 8, 2010 at 10:37 AM

This story is a hopeful sign. Even the Dems will no longer respond to describing the problem as if that is a solution. The crisis is that China went capitalist and that engine of wealth sucked away all of the USA’s jobs and technology. So Obama/Biden offer a plan to make us into socialist serfs. He is lucky that these Dems were not up to Tea party standards of shouting the serial liars down. They may do their shouting in the privacy of the voting booth. Dems and people who rely on Dems need to eat too.

jimw on October 8, 2010 at 10:38 AM

Well, they did show up to see Biden! If that don’t make you idjit, what does?

abobo on October 8, 2010 at 10:39 AM

“You’re the dullest audience I’ve ever spoken to,” at which point he got applause and laughs

The audience replied in unison, “This was the dullest speech we’ve ever been bused in and paid to listen to…”

Astroturf.

ted c on October 8, 2010 at 10:43 AM

We want to reward people who manufacture things in the United States, in Wisconsin, not to take them overseas to China and to other countries!” he said

So why will we soon be forced to buy only curly lightbulbs, which are made in China? Are there any U.S. factories that manufacture them?

KyMouse on October 8, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Fallon on October 8, 2010 at 10:14 AM

Falls on deaf ears.
And you are so right.
It’s funny how you can use sarcasm that way & watch how some people have no clue that you’re insulting them.
This is evidence to me that so many in America are truly stupid.

Badger40 on October 8, 2010 at 10:44 AM

Good thing they get the money upfront for these little get togethers. Who wants to pay to be insulted?

Cindy Munford on October 8, 2010 at 10:45 AM

Are there any U.S. factories that manufacture them?

KyMouse on October 8, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Nope. Not anymore evidently.
Meanwhile, the curly bulbs that are supposed to last so much longer as being made in China & are CRAP, made inferiorly & so they fall apart & bust bcs they are chincy.

Badger40 on October 8, 2010 at 10:46 AM

The Gaffetastics just keep on rolling on!

ajacksonian on October 8, 2010 at 10:46 AM

Who wants to pay to be insulted?

I can’t believe they clapped.
This tells me they like to pay to get insulted.

Badger40 on October 8, 2010 at 10:47 AM

I wonder why people don’t understand why industry has left America.
It’s a huge combination of so many things gone wrong that gives companies a huge incentive to leave this country.
Just a few:
High priced union labor
High taxation
Restraining enviro policies (not saying we shouldn’t protect the environment, but it’s gotten ridiculous).
OSHA standards (not saying people shouldn’t be safe on the job, but again, it’s gotten ridiculous)
‘Free Trade’ agreements that do nothing more than let goods get produced for cheaper by cheaper labor & lax enviro standards, less taxes etc in other countries
I could go on, but in the end, it is the govt that LETS companies flee this country in search of cheaper ways to do business.
There are some companies, to be sure, that are ruthless.
But I would wager there are a lot of companies that would rather have their headquarters & employees in this country.
One thing interesting-a head honcho of JBS (huge meat packing corp from Brazil) just moved his family to CO. His older family members cannot understand why he’d want to leave his native Brazil when he doesn’t have to.
I wonder too.

Badger40 on October 8, 2010 at 10:53 AM

He continued, saying, “You’re the dullest audience I’ve ever spoken to,”

“…since I was shaving this morning.”

TugboatPhil on October 8, 2010 at 10:53 AM

VP Krusty the Klown

maverick muse on October 8, 2010 at 10:56 AM

joejm65 on October 8, 2010 at 10:29 AM

Have to agree with you and aengus on this one. It looks like the audience responded positively.

mikeyboss on October 8, 2010 at 10:56 AM

He’s the dullest VP I’ve ever seen. With “dull” meaning stupid, as opposed to boring.

eyedoc on October 8, 2010 at 11:00 AM

It’s a poor workman who blames his tools.

It’s a poor performer who blames his audience.

JohnGalt23 on October 8, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Probably better to focus on other things besides this out-of-context ‘outrage’….

joejm65 on October 8, 2010 at 10:29 AM

Have to agree with you and aengus on this one. It looks like the audience responded positively.

mikeyboss on October 8, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Guys, I realize it’s a little thing.
But these people are piling up on a lot of little things over time.
If I call my husband an a-hole all the time, but laugh & say that I was just kidding, it really does mean something.
It isn’t a joke anymore when you keep saying & keep doing the same things over & over again.
These people really do have contempt for their electorate.
And the elctorate is so stupid that it will clap, not realizing they have paid to get insulted.
I realize some people wouldn’t mind paying to get reamed.
Masochists.
I believe this is one, out of a HUGE amount of Joe Biden gaffes that serves to illustrate what pukes he, & the rest if his ilk, really are.

Badger40 on October 8, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Dear Ed,
It was a joke. The audience laughed uproariously when he said it.

To what address do you want the clue bat shipped? We’ll be glad to include a sense of humor.

Pathetic.

moochy on October 8, 2010 at 11:30 AM

It’s a poor workman who blames his tools.

It’s a poor performer who blames his audience.

JohnGalt23 on October 8, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Not if your tools are made out of cardboard or your audience has the IQ of a houseplant. And to round it all out, both of those descriptions also fit Biden to a T.

Dark-Star on October 8, 2010 at 11:33 AM

Bwahahahaha

I guess the correlation between speaker and audience is wayyyy above Joey’s “hair plugged” head!!!!!!!

roflmmfao

donabernathy on October 8, 2010 at 11:36 AM

He continued, saying, “You’re the dullest audience I’ve ever spoken to,” at which point he got applause and laughs.

Biden went further, “And by dull, I mean ‘boring’, but you could also say dull as in ‘stupid’….” At that point, his microphone was cut off.

olesparkie on October 8, 2010 at 11:51 AM

How much does Barry hate this guy? Only Barry gets to insult the audience, Joe. Get it straight.

Missy on October 8, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Once again, Biden splitting atoms with his mind. You don’t get to be second in line to the presidency for nothing.

Christien on October 8, 2010 at 12:11 PM

“C’mon Joe, shut up.”

“Oh! God love ‘ya Joe, you can’t shut up!”

Mr. Grump on October 8, 2010 at 12:47 PM

Mark Levin used to call Biden “the dumbest man in the US Senate”. lol

sandspur on October 8, 2010 at 12:49 PM

I don’t know if Slow Joe is the dumbest. He has so much competition it’s difficult to tell.

BetseyRoss on October 8, 2010 at 12:58 PM

One question. Was the audience laughing with him, or at him?

capejasmine on October 8, 2010 at 12:58 PM

C’mon Joe, shut up.”

“Oh! God love ‘ya Joe, you can’t shut up!”

Mr. Grump on October 8, 2010 at 12:47 PM

ROFLMAO!!!

capejasmine on October 8, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Maybe he was speaking to a crowd that was mostly Obama voters?

Dark-Star on October 8, 2010 at 1:36 PM

Sounds like a joke to me. He’s obviously talking to a friendly audience and kidding with them about how they’re being too quiet.

Biden says more than enough genuinely stupid things to get after him over. There’s no need to emulate the feminist left and get pissy every time the opposition makes a joke.

RINO in Name Only on October 8, 2010 at 3:16 PM

[tap; tap] Is this thing on?

andycanuck on October 8, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Takes one to know one, or a bunch.

gbear on October 8, 2010 at 4:43 PM

Joe is a piece of work and I know not where the government found him to be a VP. There are no words to describe him but just shaking my head tells it all.

mixplix on October 8, 2010 at 7:04 PM

He continued, saying, “You’re the dullest audience I’ve ever spoken to,” at which point he got applause and laughs.

Joe, you are not the sharpest tool in the shed either.

jpmn on October 8, 2010 at 9:27 PM