Biden to Dem donors: I’m available in 2016 …

posted at 10:35 am on May 23, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama sent Joe Biden out to do some fundraising, with predictable results.  Oh, Biden showed up and made his sales pitch on Obama’s behalf, but as it turns out, the President wasn’t Biden’s only client.  To the surprise of some attendees, Biden asked the donors to keep some money aside for 2016, too:

Vice President Joe Biden surprised a gathering of donors in Cincinnati last week when he floated the prospect of his succeeding President Barack Obama in the White House.

Biden, who started in the Senate young and would be just 70 in 2012, raised the possibility unprompted during a wide-ranging conversation at the May 19 dinner with major Democratic Party donors, a source in the room said.

He’ll be “just 70 in 2012.”  That will make him 74 in 2016, which isn’t exactly spring-chicken territory, even if Biden’s performance as VP made a case for him as a presidential candidate at that point.  Small wonder that Biden’s comment “caught the attention” of the donors, especially since no one asked him about his plans after Obama’s presidency.

Biden hasn’t exactly set the world on fire as a VP, however.  He’s been put in charge of the Porkulus program, which turned into an expensive flop.  Does anyone know what the unemployment rate should be now, according to the administration’s estimate if the stimulus package passed?  6.7%.  Thanks to his months-long blather last year about “Recovery Summer,” no one takes Biden seriously any longer on economic matters.  And if his non-presence on major foreign-affairs issues like Pakistan, Israel, and Iraq are any indication, no one at the White House takes him seriously on what was supposed to be his one area of expertise.

Besides, the donors aren’t worrying about 2016 for a Democratic successor to Obama.  They’re more worried about losing in 2012, and they have to be wondering what the color of the sky is in Biden’s world if he’s starting to feel them up for a 2016 run.


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

Will his #1 project be dividing the US into three separate countries?

RBMN on May 23, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Biden to Dem donors Holiday Inn and Motel 6: I’m available in 2016 to work my comedy act in your lounges.

Bishop on May 23, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Small wonder that Biden’s comment “caught the attention” of the donors, especially since no one asked him about his plans after Obama’s presidency.

In 2013 both Obama and Biden will both be hitting the unemployment lines—count it!

Rovin on May 23, 2011 at 10:40 AM

WTH?

ladyingray on May 23, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Crazy Uncle Joe — he’s always good for a laugh.

aunursa on May 23, 2011 at 10:40 AM

…for kids’ birthday parties and bar mitzvahs.

DrAllecon on May 23, 2011 at 10:41 AM

no one takes Biden seriously any longer on economic matters

Wait, someone actually did once?

rbj on May 23, 2011 at 10:42 AM

No more laughable than the dumbest President in history winning again in 2012.

MNHawk on May 23, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Too funny

cmsinaz on May 23, 2011 at 10:44 AM

Please, PLEASE! Just one debate between this idiot and somebody like Allen West. Joe would be curled up on the floor in a fetal position inside of 10 minutes.

michaelo on May 23, 2011 at 10:45 AM

This is a big effin deal.
Now we can get some real smart power…oh, and an expert on foreign policy too.

Electrongod on May 23, 2011 at 10:45 AM

I’m not even sure he’ll be on the ticket in ’12!

Abby Adams on May 23, 2011 at 10:46 AM

In 2016, Joe will still be in hiding after Obama loses in 2012 and the Obama tell-all book comes out in 2013 with a very long chapter dedicated to Biden titled, “Why did I Pick that Loser as my VP? or (Top 100 Screw-Ups by Biden as VP)”

albill on May 23, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Crazy Joe being crazy.

Rebar on May 23, 2011 at 10:47 AM

I’m not even sure he’ll be on the ticket in ’12!

Abby Adams on May 23, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Yep, no way Hillary keeps Joe.

flyfisher on May 23, 2011 at 10:49 AM

“The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.”

negentropy on May 23, 2011 at 10:49 AM

Does anyone know what the unemployment rate should be now, according to the administration’s estimate if the stimulus package passed? 6.7%.

Everyone knows that nobody does any hiring around New Year’s Day, MLK Day, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Earth Day, Easter, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Bastille Day, Foot Health Month, National Clown Week, Labor Day, National Pudding Day, John Lennon’s Birthday, Halloween, Election Day, Thanksgiving, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Christmas or Boxing Day in Canada.

Everybody knows that… so stop the Obama hate!

mankai on May 23, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Joes available…? This is no big F___ing deal!

Kuffar on May 23, 2011 at 10:50 AM

He’s been acting like Forrest Gump ever since the hair plugs…

PatriotRider on May 23, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Didn’t Neil Kinnock already announce for 2016?

mankai on May 23, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Biden…….the gift that keeps on giving.

GarandFan on May 23, 2011 at 10:54 AM

He’s asking for funding now, for an election another 5+ years away? Good lord! Or. Maybe. Could it be he’s asking for donations, so he can be put in a better home than O’care will allow him? LOL

capejasmine on May 23, 2011 at 10:55 AM

Remember a long, long, long time ago, when people actually took Biden seriously?

Talk about “That Was Then/This Is Now!”!

pilamaye on May 23, 2011 at 10:55 AM

He was never anything more than IMPEACHMENT insurance…

golfmann on May 23, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Biden? Even Bin Laden didn’t take him seriously!

patrick neid on May 23, 2011 at 11:02 AM

and would be just 70 in 2012

I remember when the press wanted to portray a 68-year-old Reagan as having one foot in the grave. Good times.

greggriffith on May 23, 2011 at 11:02 AM

If gaffe-tastic Joe lasts in office until 2016 he will have been occupying space at the Federal level for 43 years. 43 YEARS! Government work must be really easy for him to want to put the feedbag on again after 43 years of “service.” The only apt analogy I can think of is someone who continues as head of the family business at the boardroom level after decades of high pay, low risk, and excessive power.
.
Go home, already, Joe!

ExpressoBold on May 23, 2011 at 11:02 AM

He’s still a sore loser.
Wonder what the BO-JB conversations are like.

Badger40 on May 23, 2011 at 11:04 AM

He’s the comic relief Vice President.

Kensington on May 23, 2011 at 11:04 AM

He was never anything more than IMPEACHMENT insurance…

golfmann on May 23, 2011 at 11:01 AM

LOLLOLOL!
Thread winner!

Badger40 on May 23, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Yep, no way Hillary keeps Joe.

flyfisher on May 23, 2011 at 10:49 AM

Heh. Nice shot, and the week has barely started.

a capella on May 23, 2011 at 11:05 AM

even if Biden’s performance as VP made a case for him as a presidential candidate at that point

If this administration has taught us nothing else it’s that: these guys shouldn’t be allowed to take care of a kitten, let alone the free world. Which incidentally, in only two and a half years has gotten a whole lot less free.

Tommy_G on May 23, 2011 at 11:06 AM

Will he run on a high-speed rail platform? Could we toss him under it?

kringeesmom on May 23, 2011 at 11:08 AM

I bet Joe came up with their slogan:
Winning
The
Future

search4truth on May 23, 2011 at 11:08 AM

He really should have been locked up in an attic somewhere years ago.

Naturally Curly on May 23, 2011 at 11:09 AM

Biden…….the gaffe gift that keeps on gaffing giving.

GarandFan on May 23, 2011 at 10:54 AM

FTFY. “Stand up Chuck!”

VegasRick on May 23, 2011 at 11:11 AM

Put him out to pasture. He’s always been rather demented, and old age will can only exaggerate his peculiar behavior. After the humiliation of having BO around we don’t need to be terrified (along with the rest of the world) with Crazy Old Joe at the helm.

He can ride the Acela Express back and forth to DC babbling to passengers and pretend he’s going to work. He loves high speed rail. Perfect retirement for him.

Cody1991 on May 23, 2011 at 11:11 AM

Heaven help us.

Aronne on May 23, 2011 at 11:13 AM

I remember when the press wanted to portray a 68-year-old Reagan as having one foot in the grave. Good times.

greggriffith on May 23, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Hell, just go back to 2008 and see how the MFM hyperventilated over McCain‘s age.

Kensington on May 23, 2011 at 11:13 AM

He’ll be “just 70 in 2012.” That will make him 74 in 2016, which isn’t exactly spring-chicken territory….

That phrase stood out to me immediately, too. What absolute tools and hacks the Politico are!!

When Herman Cain announced, the MSM noted (can’t remember if it was AP or what), emphasizing the point, that Cain would be “the third oldest president” evah elected, should he be elected. At 67!! Contrast that to this pap. Notice how they wove the word “young” into the sentence to make you think “oh, 70 is so young!.”

Politico = Waste. Tools. Useless. Hacks.

DINORight on May 23, 2011 at 11:14 AM

“…no one at the White House takes him seriously on what was supposed to be his one area of expertise.”

Considering how the administration’s foreign policy has gone, this may be a point in his favor.

grahampowell on May 23, 2011 at 11:21 AM

Biden=number 2

maineconservative on May 23, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Politico = Waste. Tools. Useless. Hacks.

DINORight on May 23, 2011 at 11:14 AM

And they think Americans can’t see this.

Badger40 on May 23, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Stand up, Joe….God love ya.

RedMindBlueState on May 23, 2011 at 11:29 AM

He’s off the ticket in ’12.

He’ll be replaced by a female VP candidate; don’t know who, but take it to the bank.

Bruno Strozek on May 23, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Assuming BO won and then didn’t try to declare the term limit unconstituional, or something along those lines and actually left the office. Biden may be available, bu the US would be lost at that point.

jeffn21 on May 23, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Well judging by the President’s performance, being president doesn’t require much more work than being a vice president so of course it appeals to him. What arrogant buffoons, the both of them.

scalleywag on May 23, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Gotta love Sheriff Joe, remaining completely oblivious to reality for decades. Can anybody think of a politician (or any public figure for that matter) that has stepped on his own crank as many times as Biden?

I sure can’t.

Tim Zank on May 23, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Remember a long, long, long time ago, when people actually took Biden seriously?

pilamaye on May 23, 2011 at 10:55 AM

Ummm…no.

bigmacdaddy on May 23, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Outstanding! That guy should go into comedy.

Murf76 on May 23, 2011 at 11:53 AM

What’s so hilarious is that the Left has absolutely no problem with this chickenhawk being Vice President, even though he received the exact same number of draft deferments (5) as the previous VP, who was “evil” for doing so.

Del Dolemonte on May 23, 2011 at 11:57 AM

I hope he is, and I hope he runs, in fact I hope he is the front runner…

right2bright on May 23, 2011 at 12:00 PM

For what?

For Clown czar!

Schadenfreude on May 23, 2011 at 12:03 PM

I would have to think he could’t get elected to dog catcher in Scranton anymore could he?

Tim Zank on May 23, 2011 at 12:07 PM

You are all forgetting that Biden is a “progressive” and therefore, smart.

Greek Fire on May 23, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Please, PLEASE! Just one debate between this idiot and somebody like Allen West. Joe would be curled up on the floor in a fetal position inside of 10 minutes.

michaelo on May 23, 2011 at 10:45 AM

No he wouldn’t. One has to be smart enough to recognize that he just had his a$$ handed to him. Joe’s not that smart…

Big John on May 23, 2011 at 12:33 PM

That will make him 74 in 2016, which isn’t exactly spring-chicken territory, even if Biden’s performance as VP made a case for him as a presidential candidate at that point.

In what universe would Biden be considered for POTUS?

disa on May 23, 2011 at 12:40 PM

I’m available in 2016 …

Snicker. Reminds me of the nerdy cameraman character from Groundhog Day when he jumped on stage to offer himself in the auction– and brought in 2 bits.

obladioblada on May 23, 2011 at 1:02 PM

His primary strategy is to lock all the other candidates in a closet.

mankai on May 23, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Please, PLEASE! Just one debate between this idiot and somebody like Allen West. Joe would be curled up on the floor in a fetal position inside of 10 minutes.

michaelo on May 23, 2011 at 10:45 AM

And the LSM would still declare him the winner.

SKYFOX on May 23, 2011 at 1:40 PM

He was never anything more than IMPEACHMENT insurance…

golfmann on May 23, 2011 at 11:01 AM

That’s funny. I’ll never forget Rush’s reaction when he heard the news.

txhsmom on May 23, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Snicker. Reminds me of the nerdy cameraman character from Groundhog Day when he jumped on stage to offer himself in the auction– and brought in 2 bits.

obladioblada on May 23, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Chris Elliot.
Get it right.

Lanceman on May 23, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Remember, Obama (2010): “(Picking Biden as my VP) Best choice I made in my life.”

Sir Napsalot on May 23, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Laughing out loud. As, I’m sure, were the donors after SloJoe was out of hearing distance.

SukieTawdry on May 23, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Please, PLEASE! Just one debate between this idiot and somebody like Allen West. Joe would be curled up on the floor in a fetal position inside of 10 minutes.

michaelo on May 23, 2011 at 10:45 AM

You’re all underestimating Sheriff Joe’s debate performance. When Biden runs out of facts, he’s perfectly capable of making up some more.

tom on May 23, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Maybe old Joe was hinting that he’s really available in 2012, you know, if the Dems wanted to hold a primary or something.

RebeccaH on May 23, 2011 at 2:30 PM

“oh now, Joe, there you go again!” Somebody famous once said that. /

Joe doesn’t concern me. What concerns me is that Obamao loves history and precedence so much (his own and him setting it, that is.), that not only will BO be the Dem candidate for re-election in 2012, he will also be in 2016. I don’t fear him winning in 2012 but in 2016 the narrative will be “that it’s time for America to realize the mistake it made in 2012 and make amends. And Obamao would be the first Black President to ever be re-elected after losing.” The media doth loveth a narrativeth.

rmel80 on May 23, 2011 at 2:43 PM

Alan Grayson 2016!

Greek Fire on May 23, 2011 at 3:26 PM

*snicker*

RedNewEnglander on May 23, 2011 at 3:34 PM

He was never anything more than IMPEACHMENT insurance…

golfmann on May 23, 2011 at 11:01 AM

That’s funny. I’ll never forget Rush’s reaction when he heard the news.

txhsmom on May 23, 2011 at 1:43 PM

I no longer see it that way. Joe as president would be a magnitude better than the current jackass. I believe little Bammie is no smarter than Joe, the only difference is that liberals have faced the fact that Joe is an idiot. They won’t face that fact re little Bammie because they can’t.

slickwillie2001 on May 23, 2011 at 3:35 PM

maybe Biden could become a Russian citizen and run as Dmitry Medvedev’s vice-president? Putin will be up for re-election around that time.

mark on May 24, 2011 at 12:37 AM