Biden: The middle class has been ‘buried the last four years’

posted at 4:01 pm on October 2, 2012 by Mary Katharine Ham

Vice President Joe Biden, speaking on the campaign trail in Charlotte, N.C. today, offered an unvarnished assessment of the Obama economy:

First, he repeats the myth that Mitt Romney will “raise taxes” on the middle class— “raising their taxes with this tax cut,” as Joe so Bidenly puts it. Second, he says Romney can’t possibly justify that mythical tax hike because the Obama presidency has been so hard on the middle class.

The Romney campaign agrees and Jim Pethokoukis has the charts to prove it.

It’s not the first time Biden has eloquently described the toll the Obama economy has taken on working families:

“You know, I talk about ‘the longest walk.’ You have heard me say that,” said Biden. “The longest walk a parent can make is up a short flight of stairs, to their child’s bedroom, to say, ‘Honey, I am sorry you cannot go back to sing in the choir next year. You cannot play on that Little League team. Daddy, Mommy, we lost our jobs. The bank says we cannot live here any more.’ You know, you know people who have made that walk.”

Biden’s strength on the trail is supposed to be his ability to connect with the middle class in a way President Obama and Mitt Romney don’t. It is certainly a strength to feel the pain of those who are suffering, but he’s perhaps a tad too good at expressing that pain while also forgetting to pretend it’s still 2008, as the rest of the campaign does. Which is weird because he’s the administration’s most likely candidate to have misplaced the last four years of his life.

Maybe he has trouble on the trail because he’s too busy being so damn sexy. That’s what Jonathan Allen of Politico posits in this article, which is seemingly about a creepy, old sexist uncle who makes you dread bringing friends to family gatherings.

He’s kissed women on the lips – and the cheek. He pulled a biker chick so close to him at one pit stop that she appeared to be sitting in his lap in photos. And he’s talked about the acrobatic acts of cheerleaders in terms that would draw at least a PG-13 rating in Hollywood…

It’s undeniable that he’s a little different than the other candidates on the presidential ticket — the vice president is a big flirt.

This is what he said to the college cheerleaders in question, per a September pool report:

“Guess what, the cheerleaders in college are the best athletes in college,’’ VPOTUS told them. “You think, I’m joking, they’re almost all gymansts, the stuff they do on hard wood, it blows my mind.’’

“Anyway it’s so great to see you guys,’’ he said. “I thought I’d get to play a little bit.’

Back to Politico‘s description of Joe Biden’s, ahem, charm:

On Saturday, at Mel’s Diner, a Fort Meyers, Fla., joint, not the fictional greasy spoonon TV’s “Alice,” Biden asked a group of nurses if they would “take my pulse.” …

At one stop, a woman handed her phone to Biden so that he could talk to her husband. “I’m sitting here with your wife,” Biden said, catching himself. “Not alone.”

So, an over-Botoxed public figure kissing random women, making suggestive comments about young cheerleaders through his giant, Guy Smiley veneers, and indulging in nurse fantasies on the trail are all glowing political assets now. Remember when Peter Orszag was allegedly sexy? Must be nice to be a Democrat. Who’s up for a waitress sandwich! You know, for women’s empowerment!

When the Obama campaign says “vote like your lady parts depend on it,” maybe they just mean it’ll get Joe Biden off the trail.

A couple ladies Biden hasn’t charmed yet seized on his comments Tuesday:

“Vice President Biden made a stunning admission today and we couldn’t agree more: the middle class has been ‘buried’ under the last four years of this President’s policies,” said Romney campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg. “Under President Obama, the middle class has suffered from crushing unemployment, rising prices and falling incomes. They can’t afford to be ‘buried’ for four more years.”

“We agree, the middle class has been buried the past four years by Obama’s failed policies from higher taxes to more debt, which is why he doesn’t deserve another term in the White House to make it worse,” said Kirsten Kukowski, spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee.

There’s no accounting for how they resist him.


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“The private sector is doing just fine…” - Pantload

Seven Percent Solution on October 2, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Gawd I love that guy.

BobMbx on October 2, 2012 at 4:06 PM

This was classic Biden, telling the truth and then lying about the other side.

Romney would be crazy not to run ads non-stop saying how Obama has hurt the middle class and saying, dont take my word for it, and then running Biden’s words.

milcus on October 2, 2012 at 4:06 PM

In his pathetic attempt to pretend he and his boss are in no way responsible for what’s happened the last 4 years, Bite Me stumbled onto the truth.

Doughboy on October 2, 2012 at 4:06 PM

..Pantload™..

Seven Percent Solution on October 2, 2012 at 4:05 PM

The War Planner on October 2, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Sure Biden is a crazy touchy-feely weirdo, but that’s just Joe being Joe.

Bishop on October 2, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Enjoy this from American Crossroads

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfjn4BpmirU

Fleuries on October 2, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Caption contest entry for the screencap:

The Cops
Somebody call them!

CurtZHP on October 2, 2012 at 4:07 PM

You could almost say: “The last four years has put us all back in chains!”

Glenn Jericho on October 2, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Iowahawk is on fire today: “How in God’s name will Biden’s staff lower his debate expectations?”

dont taze me bro on October 2, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Biden: The middle class has been ‘buried the last four years’

Hey Joe !
A little advice for you.
This is NOT something to brag about.

Jabberwock on October 2, 2012 at 4:08 PM

The obvious is indignant.

With this much ‘respect’ for their constituents the leftists are in ‘business’.

Schadenfreude on October 2, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Biden is creepy personified.

thatsafactjack on October 2, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Iowahawk: Stand-in for Romney in Obama debate prep: John Kerry. Stand in for Biden in Ryan debate prep: Honey Boo Boo.

dont taze me bro on October 2, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Slow Joe is a national treasure.

VP Dick Cheney is on Hannitys radio show right now.

Philly on October 2, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Yeah, Biden, why is the Obama administration raising taxes on the middle class?

Jackwagon.

22044 on October 2, 2012 at 4:11 PM

“You know, I talk about ‘the longest walk.’ You have heard me say that,” said Biden. “The longest walk a parent can make is up a short flight of stairs, to their child’s bedroom, to say, ‘Honey, I am sorry you cannot go back to sing in the choir next year. You cannot play on that Little League team. Daddy, Mommy, we lost our jobs. The bank says we cannot live here any more.’ You know, you know people who have made that walk.”

Said the guy who hasn’t held a real job since 1973.

SoFlaCon on October 2, 2012 at 4:12 PM

“We will bury you!” –N.S. Khrushchev, Soviet version of Joe Biden

Archivarix on October 2, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Oh yeah, if I were Mitt, Id use this gem for an ad.

Philly on October 2, 2012 at 4:13 PM

And if you don’t believe some of the individual states are in trouble, I’ve got two words for you: California.

Sincerely,

Joe Biden

thirteen28 on October 2, 2012 at 4:13 PM

I DEMAND that Steff Cutter gets to spin this one for Joe.

Nothing else will do !

Jabberwock on October 2, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Biden: The middle class has been ‘buried the last four years’

Yup, and it was Obama that buried us.

Gunlock Bill on October 2, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Who is the blonde in a green dress behind Slow Joe? She cannot possibly be a Democrat, can she?

Archivarix on October 2, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Well, you know the old cliche, you can’t fix stupid.

Mirimichi on October 2, 2012 at 4:14 PM

“Vice President Biden made a stunning admission today and we couldn’t agree more: the middle class has been ‘buried’ under the last four years of this President’s policies,”

Romney’s first shovel-ready project–to unbury the middle class from Obama’s stifling policies!

With all that buffoonery, Paul Ryan must be REALLY licking his chops waiting to meet Biden in a nationally televised debate!!!

This would make Dick Cheney’s manhandling of John Edwards in 2004 look tame by comparison…

Steve Z on October 2, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Bad VP, but he’d make a fun uncle!

;)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on October 2, 2012 at 4:17 PM

This should make the best Romney ad of the campaign… Thank you Joe…

mnjg on October 2, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Gosh it seems dear joe is a ‘hair challenged’ bill with the his ‘way’ he has with the gals?

Is joe still trying to get the boot after bho thinks he will be re-elected? I wonder what joe’s wife thinks of her husband?

I hope that joe keeps out on the campaign trail, he is a gift and laugh of the day!
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letget on October 2, 2012 at 4:18 PM

God love ya, Joe.

Someone in the current Administration finally telling it like it is.

Now that’s a BFD.

parke on October 2, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Consider the consequences.

Schadenfreude on October 2, 2012 at 4:19 PM

It’s undeniable that he’s a little different than the other candidates on the presidential ticket

Yeah, you could say that, in a “special needs” kind of way.

The Rogue Tomato on October 2, 2012 at 4:21 PM

What will be the MSM spin on this? That Romney is a gaffe-prone liar who refuses to reveal his tax returns, and that Biden telling the truth is all the more reason to vote for Obama?

Liam on October 2, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Will Romney develop ads running this comment by Biden? Sure would be worth it in swing states.

SheetAnchor on October 2, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Well, you know the old cliche, you can’t fix stupid.

Mirimichi on October 2, 2012 at 4:14 PM

No, but brain dead Americans can elect him Vice President!

gonnjos on October 2, 2012 at 4:24 PM

I have to believe the Obama campaign is shaking in their boots at the prospects of Biden debating Ryan. All hands on deck: damage control.

dont taze me bro on October 2, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Biden: The middle class has been ‘BARRY-ed the last four years’

Glenn Jericho on October 2, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Any movement in the Gallup tracking today?

Hmmm….

gumbyandpokey on October 2, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Great team ya got there, LibFree; a choom-head and a pervert.

SailorMark on October 2, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Serious question-Is Biden intentionally trying to sabatoge obama? Noone can really be this dumb-can they?
BTW, Gallup has obama at 47% approval-noone gets elected with that number.

Ta111 on October 2, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Biden: The middle class has been ‘buried the last four years’

…”I just didn’t know it because my head has been up some rectum somewhere!”

KOOLAID2 on October 2, 2012 at 4:31 PM

“The private sector is doing just fine…” – Pantload

Seven Percent Solution on October 2, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Always treat the office with respect, that should be President Pantload./

Thomas More on October 2, 2012 at 4:33 PM

What does it tell you that the only way to get even a moment of realistic candor out of this Administration is to give Biden a few beers and turn him loose on the ladies.

JeremiahJohnson on October 2, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Any movement in the Gallup tracking today?

Hmmm….

gumbyandpokey on October 2, 2012 at 4:27 PM

None. They’re still doing Registered Voters.

sentinelrules on October 2, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Any movement in the Gallup tracking today?

Hmmm….

gumbyandpokey on October 2, 2012 at 4:27 PM

…oh!…no thanks!…just stick with the poles!

KOOLAID2 on October 2, 2012 at 4:34 PM

The Gift that keeps on giving.

brut4ce on October 2, 2012 at 4:34 PM

OT – Border Patrol Aget Nicholas J. Ivie – RIP

I am deeply saddened by the death of Border Patrol Agent Nicholas J. Ivie and the attack on another Border Patrol Agent early this morning.

Both agents were on patrol near Bisbee, Arizona when they came under fire from an unknown assailant. This act of violence reminds us of the risks our men and women confront, and the dangers they willingly undertake, while protecting our nation’s borders.

From of official statement.

D-fusit on October 2, 2012 at 4:34 PM

“We will bury you!” –N.S. Khrushchev, Soviet version of Joe Biden

Archivarix on October 2, 2012 at 4:12 PM

..actually, Nikita Khrushchev was a terrifyingly powerful and ruthless individual. He was around at the beginning of the Soviet Union during the revolution, survived Stalin’s purges, became one of his favorites in the inner circle, and, after Stalin died, successfully wrested power for himself to such an extent that he could successfully denigrate Stalin and eliminate a great deal of the Stalinism in the 50s and 60s. Don’t kid yourself. Biden is an impotent, blabbering, drooling idiot compared to Khrushchev.

..but, then again, Biden is an impotent, blabbering, drooling idiot compared to a mentally-impaired paramecium.

The War Planner on October 2, 2012 at 4:34 PM

OT- Drudge has posted the following:

CAMPAIGN DRAMA: VIDEO MADE 6 YEARS AGO SURFACES ON EVE OF FIRST PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE… DEVELOPING TONIGHT…

Nick_Angel on October 2, 2012 at 4:35 PM

I wonder what mary jo kopechne thinks about Joe’s proclivities…..oh wait.

ted c on October 2, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Looks like Pappy Biden had too much Viagra that day….

search4truth on October 2, 2012 at 4:36 PM

OT- Drudge has posted the following:

CAMPAIGN DRAMA: VIDEO MADE 6 YEARS AGO SURFACES ON EVE OF FIRST PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE… DEVELOPING TONIGHT…

Nick_Angel on October 2, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Sorry, I should add that it is a teaser only, no link.

Nick_Angel on October 2, 2012 at 4:39 PM

34 days to go……when Mr. Romney???????

Still waiting on that Death Star you have to fire!!!!

PappyD61 on October 2, 2012 at 4:40 PM

..actually, Nikita Khrushchev was a terrifyingly powerful and ruthless individual. He was around at the beginning of the Soviet Union during the revolution, survived Stalin’s purges, became one of his favorites in the inner circle, and, after Stalin died, successfully wrested power for himself to such an extent that he could successfully denigrate Stalin and eliminate a great deal of the Stalinism in the 50s and 60s. Don’t kid yourself. Biden is an impotent, blabbering, drooling idiot compared to Khrushchev.

The War Planner on October 2, 2012 at 4:34 PM

You won’t have an argument from me in regard to Slow Joe’s questionable mental capacity, but Nikita Khrushchev’s reputation in the USSR of 70-ies was one of a farm clown. He had his good aspects, certainly so as compared to the monster whom he replaced, and his skill in internal politics was likely formidable, but he was reputed to be a very unstable and illogical individual.

Archivarix on October 2, 2012 at 4:40 PM

I had a conversation with a lady (ealry 30s?) last night. It started to veer into politics. She asked who I was voting for. I said I prefer to talk first about issues that are important to me rather than get wrapped up around a particular candidate and lose sight of priorities. I said the critical issue to me at this point in time is the economy, that we could easily be approaching a tipping point in our history. If we don’t work on that then everything else is kinda secondary. And she replied: But don’t you care about women’s health?

dont taze me bro on October 2, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Nick_Angel on October 2, 2012 at 4:35 PM

This should be interesting? Wonder if this is the one with bho and the rop type that can’t be seen by anyone yet?
L

letget on October 2, 2012 at 4:42 PM

dont taze me bro on October 2, 2012 at 4:41 PM

whoops…wrong thread. over to ‘lady parts’. seeya.

dont taze me bro on October 2, 2012 at 4:42 PM

This from Drudge:

@DRUDGE

Curious tape dropping tonight. NOT from MOTHERJONES. Will cause controversy, ignite accusations of racism — in both directions!
2 Oct 12

@DRUDGE

Internal debate at news network about airing tape tonight, on eve of debate… MORE
2 Oct 12

MontanaMmmm on October 2, 2012 at 4:43 PM

This should be interesting? Wonder if this is the one with bho and the rop type that can’t be seen by anyone yet?
L

letget on October 2, 2012 at 4:42 PM

The question is does it hurt Obama or hurt Romney. No siren yet.

Nick_Angel on October 2, 2012 at 4:43 PM


“Today is an important day in U.S. history, Biden got something right!”

-John Sununu on Biden’s middle class being buried the last 4 years.

(HAHA I love Sununu as a surrogate)

jaygatz33 on October 2, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Paul Ryan said that in OHIO they are being OUTSPENT THREE TO ONE in TV ads!!!!

Romney MUST be throwing the election to Obama!!!!

Good God you dumb freeking republicans you are so STUPID!!!!!

If the republicans lose this PLEASE abandon the gop……..UNBELIEVABLE

PappyD61 on October 2, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Nick_Angel on October 2, 2012 at 4:43 PM

I pray that is doesn’t hurt Mitt, but if there could be found any slime bho/team will find it no matter how tiny it is to slam Mitt!
L

letget on October 2, 2012 at 4:46 PM

This from Drudge:

@DRUDGE

Curious tape dropping tonight. NOT from MOTHERJONES. Will cause controversy, ignite accusations of racism — in both directions!
2 Oct 12

@DRUDGE

Internal debate at news network about airing tape tonight, on eve of debate… MORE
2 Oct 12

MontanaMmmm on October 2, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Well if the network is debating releasing it it’s probably not good news for Obama.

jaygatz33 on October 2, 2012 at 4:47 PM

barry is visiting the Hoover Dam. So that means he will do a maddow moment and talk tomorrow about the Wonder of Workers coming Together to build a dam..and we can do that as a NATION if you follow ME

so hopefully mitt will have an answer for this.

i don’t want to be mean but the EPA wouldn’t permit it…the Unions would make it Astronomically priced…and, well, we’d have to hire immigrants to do it because who would want to go out to the middle of the desert and get dirty building a stupid dam

r keller on October 2, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Could this be the news? Nothing else on Fox on any new news.

http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2012/10/02/let-pre-debate-debate-begin-obama-accuses-romney-flip-flop-immigration
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letget on October 2, 2012 at 4:52 PM

an unvarnished assessment of the Obama economy:

Uncle Joe’s head looks like it needs a new coat of varnish too.

Del Dolemonte on October 2, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Heh, Ryan “Biden is right, burried, stop digging”

Schadenfreude on October 2, 2012 at 4:56 PM

You always wondered how the libs could give you stimulus with their hands on your shoulders.

Speakup on October 2, 2012 at 4:56 PM

If the republicans lose this PLEASE abandon the gop……..UNBELIEVABLE

PappyD61 on October 2, 2012 at 4:46 PM

No doubt about it. If we lose this one, then I suspect the Tea Party will be next viable party. If not them, then someone else will rise up.

Mirimichi on October 2, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Del Dolemonte on October 2, 2012 at 4:54 PM

LOL.

DaveyandGoliath must be a masochist.

kingsjester on October 2, 2012 at 4:58 PM

The media beat McCain up relentlessly over Palin…Not much doubt that the big f’n deal is certifiable…Why no mainstream howling about how this reflects on the Chicago Roosevelt’s judgement? First indicator of Presidential competence etc. Qualye, Ford, Cheney they were all used to attack the GOP…With Biden they just laugh it off. Sooner the MSM reaches irrelevance the better. And it is happening.

bluesdoc70 on October 2, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Obama has taken our money and shifted it to left leaning organizations and causes. To further ensure his reelection he has paid off every liberal cause in existence and given millions to the parasitic underclass. I wonder if this country is even worth the effort anymore?

rplat on October 2, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Remember when gop nominees fought like Reagan and were NOT SCARED of offending the Beltway elites?

Yeah, me neither.

PappyD61 on October 2, 2012 at 5:20 PM

♪♫And there’s Uncle Joe,
his brain is movin’ kind of slow,
at the Function.♪♫
♪♫Pettifog Function.♪♫

mrt721 on October 2, 2012 at 5:25 PM

If you want to beat Obama, you must first beat his propaganda element . . . the media.

rplat on October 2, 2012 at 5:26 PM

This Clown also stole Reagan’s line from the 1980 campaign, about the when a Neighbor’s out of work it’s a recession and when you’re out of work, it’s a depression. This putz is, the gift that keeps on giving!
For those following, How to take on the Obama Enemy media: http://paratisiusa.blogspot.com/2012/09/an-open-letter-to-those-who-should-know.html?spref=tw

God Bless America!

paratisi on October 2, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Biden’s strength on the trail is supposed to be his ability to connect with the middle class in a way President Obama and Mitt Romney don’t.

Connect? Yeah, if you’re a brain-dead lemming.

GarandFan on October 2, 2012 at 6:11 PM