Biden’s office circulates press release to promote veep’s trip to “Road Island”

posted at 4:15 pm on February 21, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Copy editors and fact-checkers are in short supply these days, as newspapers and websites daily attest. Apparently, that’s true of Joe Biden’s office, too. The vice president’s staff recently circulated a press release that promotes Biden’s trip to “Road Island.”

“On Thursday, the Vice President will travel to Boston, Massachusetts, Manchester, New Hampshire and Providence, Road Island to attend campaign events,” the memo states.

What does it say about me that I’m equally bothered by the lack of a colon and semicolons in the list of the vice president’s destinations? Why not, “On Thursday, the Vice President will travel to the following places: Boston, Massachusetts; Manchester, New Hampshire; and Providence, Rhode Island”? Do no English teachers share the wisdom of Strunk and White anymore? Or have they all succumbed to the whimsical grammatical advice of Stanley Fish? For what it’s worth, the hardcover illustrated edition of “The Elements of Style” is quite nice and makes a lovely high school graduation present. Consider it a symbol of all the kid you’re toasting didn’t learn in school.

To be fair to Mr. Biden’s staff, they’re not the only folks who’ve misspelled a campaign stop recently. As The Blaze points out, Rick Santorum’s staffers did it too when they announced he was headed to “Bimidji, Minnesota.” It’s actually “Bemidji.” Clearly those errors are of comparable magnitude.

Why report on this at all? As Dana Loesch notes, Dan Quayle still can’t live down “potatoe,” but, somehow, Joe Biden always gets a pass. It’s the double standard, stupid.

(H/t to the-one-and-only Jim Treacher)


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It’s the double standard strength , stupid.

FIFY

MikeA on February 21, 2012 at 4:18 PM

If it was actually Biden who wrote it, yeah, maybe this would be worth an article. But it was probably typed up by some 18 year old campaign volunteer, and most 18 year olds I know wouldn’t be able to spell any of those states correctly.

AngusMc on February 21, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Perfect.

Tim_CA on February 21, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Now thats a Big F’kn Deal!!
(sarc)

canopfor on February 21, 2012 at 4:21 PM

My Lord that Sarah Palin chick is really stooopid!

Oh…..wait……

Opposite Day on February 21, 2012 at 4:21 PM

And these are the smartest people in the room who are going to tell us what medical treatment we will need.

dirtseller on February 21, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Smart power. Check Joe’s BAC before he drives any of those Road Island roads.

BHO Jonestown on February 21, 2012 at 4:22 PM

I recommend Eats, Shoots & Leaves for humor in punctuation. The poor spellers I cannot help.

2L8 on February 21, 2012 at 4:22 PM

If it was actually Biden who wrote it, yeah, maybe this would be worth an article. But it was probably typed up by some 18 year old campaign volunteer, and most 18 year olds I know wouldn’t be able to spell any of those states correctly.

AngusMc on February 21, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Of course, Biden may think it’s spelled like that, too.

cheers

eon

eon on February 21, 2012 at 4:23 PM

That’s the kind of thing every American learns in grade school.

logis on February 21, 2012 at 4:23 PM

It’s the double standard, stupid.

No,
its an dubbul standard stoopid
:P

burrata on February 21, 2012 at 4:23 PM

They better never misspell Tecksas.

Doughboy on February 21, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Seems par for the course. Even if some geeky kid staffer wrote the thing, Biden might as well have done it.

Logus on February 21, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Will Joe Biden be taking the “Bridge to Road Island” (AKA the bridge to nowhere) ?

J_Crater on February 21, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Rhode trip!/Biden’s press team

FLconservative on February 21, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Perhaps it’s a very good thing that Biden is veep and not Sec. State. Granted, the idea of Hillary being in line for the Presidency is chilling, however, she does far more diplomatic work than the veep does.

Biden’s the guy every family has that you stick in the corner.

Logus on February 21, 2012 at 4:26 PM

At least now we know the name of the 51st state that Obama visited back in 2008. Only six more to go.

kozmocostello on February 21, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Isn’t that the 57th state?

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canopfor on February 21, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Repeat from the headline thread:

Linda Richman: Talk amongst yourselves. I’ll give you a topic. Rhode Island, neither a road nor an island, discuss.

Fallon on February 21, 2012 at 4:27 PM

That stupid Bush…er Biden sure is a hayseed isn’t he?

Hummer53 on February 21, 2012 at 4:29 PM

“Palin as VP would have brought down the IQ of the Executive Branch.”

- DNC,BrooksParkerFrumSchmidtKrautRoveHammer

portlandon on February 21, 2012 at 4:30 PM

“Road Island” is right up there with the Ivy League pronunciation of “Corpseman.”

The stupidity and the dumbing-down of America would be shocking, if I hadn’t seen it coming – 30 years ago.

I have a saying:

The seeds of Socialism are illiteracy and ignorance.

The illiterate and the ignorant need to be led – by the State. And the State knows it.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 21, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Fools can’t even spell Road Eyeland right…

Gingotts on February 21, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Will Joe Biden be taking the “Bridge to Road Island” (AKA the bridge to nowhere) ?

J_Crater on February 21, 2012 at 4:25 PM

J_Crater:And,j-o-b-s,er,R-o-a-d,is a 3 letter word!(sarc)

canopfor on February 21, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Time to bring back “Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?”

Or at least run reruns for WH staff?

Wethal on February 21, 2012 at 4:33 PM

I wonder if there are any Indian 7-11 stores that might be
serendipitiously on any corners on Rode Island!!
(sarc)

canopfor on February 21, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Fools can’t even spell Road Eyeland right…

Gingotts on February 21, 2012 at 4:30 PM

That’s my laugh for the day. I need at least one, just to keep semi-sane.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 21, 2012 at 4:34 PM

I bet Joe Boob’s favorite guitarist is Randy Roads.

Flange on February 21, 2012 at 4:34 PM

I wonder if he’ll stop along the way in Delaware and eat at that spot he frequents–oh wait, that’s been closed for a decade.

rjoco1 on February 21, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Like Bill Clinton, Biden was a Roads Scholar, but from Delawhere.

It’s a shovel-ready project: build a Road to the Island.

Gird your lions, or something like that!

Steve Z on February 21, 2012 at 4:35 PM

They better never misspell Tecksas.

Doughboy on February 21, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Or Arkansaw.

Steve Z on February 21, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Personnel is policy…

phreshone on February 21, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Is it true that Biden and his staff have been traipsing down the Yellow Brick Road for some time? They must be searching for the Wizard of Oz, who supposedly inhabits the Oval Office when he is himself not on the road again(!) campaigning.

onlineanalyst on February 21, 2012 at 4:39 PM

OhEssYouCowboys on February 21, 2012 at 4:30 PM

I’m afraid the movie “Idiocracy” shows our future.
See it if you haven’t already – fair warning though – lots of crude language.

dentarthurdent on February 21, 2012 at 4:39 PM

If it was actually Biden who wrote it, yeah, maybe this would be worth an article. But it was probably typed up by some 18 year old campaign volunteer, and most 18 year olds I know wouldn’t be able to spell any of those states correctly.

AngusMc on February 21, 2012 at 4:19 PM

But I bet the kid has great self-esteem. Because that’s what they teach in school these days.

rbj on February 21, 2012 at 4:39 PM

They better never misspell Tecksas.

Doughboy on February 21, 2012 at 4:23 PM

How about kunfyusin Tecksas with Kansaas ?

burrata on February 21, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Is it true that Biden and his staff have been traipsing down the Yellow Brick Road for some time? They must be searching for the Wizard of Oz, who supposedly inhabits the Oval Office when he is himself not on the road again(!) campaigning.

onlineanalyst on February 21, 2012 at 4:39 PM

I think they were on the Yellow Brick Rode. Or was it the Rhode?
I think they rhode into Road Island on the yellow brick rode….

dentarthurdent on February 21, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Biden’s the guy every family has that you stick in the corner.

Logus on February 21, 2012 at 4:26 PM

It’s all fun & games until they start pooping themselves.

roy_batty on February 21, 2012 at 4:45 PM

but Palin said ” refudiate”,
what do you have to say to that huh huh ??
Obama is awsome

/Media Matters troll who resides on Obama’s thongs

burrata on February 21, 2012 at 4:45 PM

As The Blaze points out, Rick Santorum’s staffers did it too when they announced he was headed to “Bimidji, Minnesota.” It’s actually “Bemidji.” Clearly those errors are of comparable magnitude.

And don’t forget – they misspelled it FOUR TIMES. The horror.

disa on February 21, 2012 at 4:47 PM

I’m afraid the movie “Idiocracy” shows our future.

dentarthurdent on February 21, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Note to self: DVR latest episode of “Ow My Balls”.

roy_batty on February 21, 2012 at 4:48 PM

when your last name is ‘Biden’, nepotism can cost you your job!

burserker on February 21, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Worst part about it:

The person that came up with that mispelling is probably some government union worker on the fast track to a $120,000 year pension with full benefits.

MichaelGabriel on February 21, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Hit the rhode Joe

burrata on February 21, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Dan Quayle still can’t live down “potatoe,”

And Quayle did not misspell potatoe. He was reading from a card in which the word was misspelled. The card was supplied by the teacher.

PackerBronco on February 21, 2012 at 4:49 PM

We are talking about Baidun, right ?

burrata on February 21, 2012 at 4:51 PM

I also liked the campaign trip brochure with Obummer coming to Colorado – and they had a big star marking Wyoming. I suppose that’s a tough one for the geographically challenged since they’re both rectangular.

However – Michelle Bachmann also had a good one making a speech in Concord, New Hampshire about it being the location of “the shot heard round the world”.

dentarthurdent on February 21, 2012 at 4:53 PM

I’m equally bothered by the lack of a colon…

Yep, I’d be bothered by not having a colon as well…I don’t need anyone removing any more body parts :)

Be careful there Tina or you’ll be lumped into the very grammar-challenged group you’re complaining about…

RMCS_USN on February 21, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Ah yes, the mighty Affirmative Action Administration strikes again in all its mighty ignorance.

retiredeagle on February 21, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Sheriff Joe: “Something is spelled wrong? Oh, of course. It’s Eyeland, not Island. Jeez…”

Moose Drool on February 21, 2012 at 4:55 PM

We are talking about Baidun, right ?

burrata on February 21, 2012 at 4:51 PM

I thought it was spelled Biduh.

MichaelGabriel on February 21, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Yep, I’d be bothered by not having a colon as well…I don’t need anyone removing any more body parts :)

Be careful there Tina or you’ll be lumped into the very grammar-challenged group you’re complaining about…

RMCS_USN on February 21, 2012 at 4:53 PM

I’ll bet Biden likes Old Spice colon….

dentarthurdent on February 21, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Can’t wait until Obama’s press office releases a statement that he will be staying on the island of St. Helena indefinitely.

Glenn Jericho on February 21, 2012 at 4:56 PM

I thought it was spelled Biduh.

MichaelGabriel on February 21, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Biduh ?
Isn’t that a bathroom fixture ?
;-)

burrata on February 21, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Perhaps from Road Island, he’ll take a train on the intercontinental railrhode to Hawaii.

dentarthurdent on February 21, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Not to worry. They got all the words right on the Catholic birth control mandate that will make it constitutional.

tjexcite on February 21, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Can we please have the dumb people back in charge?

jukin3 on February 21, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Hopefully, Biden doesn’t travel with too many people…we wouldn’t want Road Island to tip over

Ditkaca on February 21, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Perhaps from Road Island, he’ll take a train on the intercontinental railrhode to Hawaii.

dentarthurdent on February 21, 2012 at 4:57 PM

What’s Joe gotta do in Asia ?

burrata on February 21, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Dan Quayle is thanking God for Joe Biden.

danking70 on February 21, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Yo, yo, yo, Tina! Word-up sista’ !! Howz yo shizzle doin’?

Didn’t you git da’ down-low dat Strunk & White waz nothin’ but strayt-up neo-facist haters of da’ common man?!?!?! Az all of da cracka’ profs in my college’s white-zionist-dominated english-lit departments would say – Strunk & White is soooooo last century!

Time to git wit the program sista’ Korbe cuz you ain’t in lilly-white Kanz-ass no mo’!!

powerpickle on February 21, 2012 at 5:07 PM

“Look, John’s last-minute economic plan does nothing to tackle the number one job facing the middle class, and it happens to be, as Barack says, a three-letter word: jobs. J-O-B-S,” the Democratic veep nominee said at a morning rally in Athens.

Biden and Moochelle are the go to people for the super scary smart 0bama. Scary.

jukin3 on February 21, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Biduh ?
Isn’t that a bathroom fixture ?

What does it say about me that I’m equally bothered by the lack of a colon and semicolons in the list of the vice president’s destinations?

This stuff writes itself. Time to jump this thread.

MichaelGabriel on February 21, 2012 at 5:09 PM

I am still waiting for the formerly-free-press to ask plugs to explain the Obama doctrine.

That will be good for some laughs . The Obama Doctrine ?? Blame Boosh .

Of course .

DeweyWins on February 21, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Proving once again that Biden is not a Rhodes Scholar.

ExUrbanKevin on February 21, 2012 at 5:16 PM

In the fifth grade Michigan students have to do a report on a state. My son was unlucky enough to draw Rhode (aka Road) Island. Nothing of any importance has happened there since the state was colonized. No major Revolutionary War battles were fought there (perhaps because the Brits couldn’t find it). The state is about the size of a midwestern or western county.

The most boing state in the Union. Almost as useless as the Vice President himself.

bw222 on February 21, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Perhaps Road Island is one of Obama’s 57 states!

Raquel Pinkbullet on February 21, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Any “corpse-man” in the 57th state, speaking Austrian, riding on the Intercontinental Railroad, while heading for the “English” embassy, via “Road Island” could tell you, conservatives are much smarter than anyone over at Team Parasite.

Raquel Pinkbullet on February 21, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Can Joe Biden see ROAD Island from his backyard in DC?

Conservative4Ever on February 21, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Biden’s office circulates press release to promote veep’s trip to “Road Island”
…when you’re “educated” by socialist indoctrinators masquerading as “teachers”, you don’t lean unimportant things like spelling (or American history, or about the “57″ US OBOZO states, or the US Constitution, or much else that’s good.)

TeaPartyNation on February 21, 2012 at 5:44 PM

The most boing state in the Union. Almost as useless as the Vice President himself.

bw222 on February 21, 2012 at 5:27 PM</blockquot<

On the contrary. According to former senator Lincoln Chafee, RI
executed an innocent man in 1898 and thus his opposition to Bin Laden being offed.
RI gave us two outstanding repub senators./

arnold ziffel on February 21, 2012 at 5:44 PM

How about we just send 0bama to Fantasy Island instead?

lacerta on February 21, 2012 at 5:49 PM

The first indication Obama was going to be the most incompetent and unqualified president in our history was his selection of Biden as his Vice President. Biden is a Neanderthal that regularly exhibits his own brand of complete ignorance on a regular basis. Eric Holder was a close second, but you can add the most corrupt Attorney General in our history to his resume. This Ship of Fools will continue to destroy our nation as long as they are in office.

volsense on February 21, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Tina, like their moral compass, the lib use of the English language is relative when it comes to ‘the rules’.

GarandFan on February 21, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Worst part about it:

The person that came up with that misspelling is probably some government union worker on the fast track to a $120,000 year pension with full benefits.

MichaelGabriel on February 21, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Yep. If I were a parent in the NC school with the “food police” on guard, I might be more worried about the memo the principal circulated about the issue. Maybe the principal should get a job with Biden’s office instead of being in charge of students allegedly learning grammatically correct sentence structure.

This is pitiful coming from Biden’s office and West Hoke Elementary School.

http://www.missourieducationwatchdog.com/2012/02/more-news-from-north-carolina-school.html

manateespirit on February 21, 2012 at 6:26 PM

He’s got to be doing it on purpose to distract from his boss’ gaffes isn’t he?

Speakup on February 21, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Road Island is a small island off the coast of Oaklahoma where local ordinance forbids the use of Street, Avenue, Lane, Drive or Boulevard.

Stephen Macklin on February 21, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Every one of us ought to apply for a job at Biden’s office as a proof reader.

Speaking of ole Joe….tomorrow is Ash Wednesday. Joe Biden manages to get on TV every year with the ashes big and black on his forehead for all the world to see.

Free bridge to first to spot Joe Biden with his ashes.

patfish on February 21, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Meh, they misspelled Taxachusetts also …

deepdiver on February 21, 2012 at 8:12 PM

In the fifth grade Michigan students have to do a report on a state. My son was unlucky enough to draw Rhode (aka Road) Island. Nothing of any importance has happened there since the state was colonized. No major Revolutionary War battles were fought there (perhaps because the Brits couldn’t find it). The state is about the size of a midwestern or western county.

The most boing state in the Union. Almost as useless as the Vice President himself.

bw222 on February 21, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Actually, Providence, RI, produced both Howard Phillips (H.P.) Lovecraft, creator of the Cthulhu Mythos, and also Ara Heditsian, better known as David Hedison, Captain Lee Crane on the old Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea TV show.

I figure that puts “Little Rhodie” two up on Plugs.

cheers

eon

eon on February 21, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Vice President! Geez!

KOOLAID2 on February 21, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Next stop – State Louis, Straight Island, Port-O-Rico, Lost Angeles,Nude Haven, Waste Virginia and of course Washington BC.

Sticky Wicket on February 21, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Stupidity is not contagious but is often inherited. It is also often fatal but in that case largely confined to liberals.

dunce on February 21, 2012 at 11:14 PM

Ya’ll are making me laugh tonight and I needed a good laugh. I may need a new monitor, because a few comments back I spit Diet Coke I was laughing so hard.

Biden’s office circulates press release to promote veep’s trip to “Road Island”
…when you’re “educated” by socialist indoctrinators masquerading as “teachers”, you don’t lean unimportant things like spelling (or American history, or about the “57″ US OBOZO states, or the US Constitution, or much else that’s good.)

TeaPartyNation on February 21, 2012 at 5:44 PM

armygirl on February 21, 2012 at 11:49 PM

Colon me no colons!

She’s got legs!

And knows how to use them!

But Biden is no Roads Scholar!

Oops!

Sherman1864 on February 22, 2012 at 6:03 AM

Here are the directions to ‘Road Island’ Joe.
Take the first left after you get off ‘The Bridge to Nowhere’.

Klem Kadiddlehopper on February 22, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Employees with degrees in Gender Studies aren’t required to spell correctly.

dahni on February 22, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Most of those who aren’t from the Lesser White North don’t know how to pronounce “Bemidji,” even if they know how to spell it.

Olo_Burrows on February 23, 2012 at 3:51 AM