WH: Hey, who doesn’t like and respect Joe Biden?

posted at 8:43 am on January 8, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Most of the attention from Robert Gates’ new memoir has focused on its impact on Barack Obama and the presumed 2016 campaign of Hillary Clinton.  The former Secretary of Defense sharply criticizes both for playing politics with the lives of soldiers, even though Gates’ memoir also includes praise for both in other contexts. The one politician who gets no nuance from Gates, though, is Joe Biden. Gates slams the Vice President for having “been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades,” which Allahpundit joked yesterday constitutes proof of the book’s accuracy.

Oddly, the White House appears to be taking that kind of attack seriously:

The White House voiced its support Tuesday for Vice President Joe Biden, responding to the release excerpts of former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’s new book in which he slams Biden for being consistently “wrong” over his decades of government service.

“The president disagrees with Secretary Gates’ assessment – from his leadership on the Balkans in the Senate, to his efforts to end the war in Iraq, Joe Biden has been one of the leading statesmen of his time, and has helped advance America’s leadership in the world,” National Security Council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden said in a statement. “President Obama relies on [Biden’s] good counsel every day.”

This was the first, and so far only salvo from their rapid-response political team, Politico noted:

While the White House was quick to stick up for Biden, officials have not yet weighed in on some of the more serious claims made against the president and his first-term secretary of state, Hillary Clinton. Gates contends that Clinton and Obama both freely admitted that their opposition to the 2007 surge in Iraq was driven by political considerations.

One might understand why the White House wouldn’t act to defend Hillary Clinton, since she’s not in the administration any longer. But why defend Biden ahead of Obama? The White House went so far as to schedule a rare opportunity for anyone else but official photographer Pete Souza to take pictures of the President … having lunch with Joe Biden.

They are taking this seriously, even if no one else takes Biden seriously. Biden has made noises about running for the presidency himself in 2016, but Sean Sullivan notes that this line from Gates may spell doom for those hopes, even if those hopes were pretty unrealistic anyway:

Gates’s appraisal of Biden on what is arguably his signature issue — Biden was chairman of the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee — stands to feed doubts about seriousness and qualifications that have already been planted in the minds of voters across the country.

It’s the latest piece of discouraging news for Biden, who has been doing the kinds of things one does when they are seriously considering a White House bid. Things like spending time in Iowa and raising money for the governor of New Hampshire, for example.

Nearly one in five Iowa Democrats and almost six out of 10 Iowans said they viewed Biden unfavorably in a recent Des Moines Register poll. Sixty-two percent of Iowa voters (and 33 percent of Democratic voters there) said they did not think he would make a good president in a Quinnipiac University poll. We’re talking about a state where Biden won only about 1 percent in the 2008 Democratic presidential caucuses.

So why leap to Biden’s defense, even ahead of Obama’s? Perhaps because Obama needs Biden as a front for his own foreign policy, a shield that assumes Biden has gravitas in the first place. The only people who seem to think that, though, are Joe Biden and Barack Obama.


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Sheriff Schmoe.

Akzed on January 8, 2014 at 8:46 AM

VP Biden voted against the liberation of Kuwait, for the invasion of Iraq and against the Surge.

MoreLiberty on January 8, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Wasn’t the selection of Biden supposed to show how the country didn’t need to worry about BO’s lack of experience? After all he would have the benefit of Joe’s years of experience in foreign policy.
Who in the rational realm thought Biden had a chance to get the Dem nomination? It is NOW a woman’s term. Hillary was a good team player and shafting her again could be deadly for the Dems.

katiejane on January 8, 2014 at 8:49 AM

This book sounds interesting – I may have to get it.

gophergirl on January 8, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Biden clearly has some wires crossed in his brain, literally, and shouldn’t be anywhere near Congress, let alone a heartbeat away from the presidency.

HiJack on January 8, 2014 at 8:53 AM

Of course the NYT use to write about how awesome Joe Stalin was. The paper has always been a disgrace.

Flange on January 8, 2014 at 8:55 AM

WH: Hey, who doesn’t like and respect Joe Biden?

/raises hand

makattak on January 8, 2014 at 8:55 AM

RUN JOE, RUN !

stenwin77 on January 8, 2014 at 8:55 AM

I like and respect Joe Biden compared to Hillary Rodham Clinton.

David Blue on January 8, 2014 at 8:56 AM

I wouldn’t trust him to assemble an entertainment center. Seriously, if you handed the guy a valet ticket, you’re guessing it’s 50/50 he comes back with the wrong car.

trubble on January 8, 2014 at 8:56 AM

RUN JOE, RUN !

stenwin77 on January 8, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Against Hillary? I hope he wins.

David Blue on January 8, 2014 at 8:57 AM

WH: Hey, who doesn’t like and respect Joe Biden?

ME

ToddPA on January 8, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Did Gates also criticize Neil Kinnock?

Mr. D on January 8, 2014 at 8:58 AM

When they installed Joe’s hairplugs they drilled the holes too deep.

myiq2xu on January 8, 2014 at 8:58 AM

I wouldn’t trust him to assemble an entertainment center. Seriously, if you handed the guy a valet ticket, you’re guessing it’s 50/50 he comes back with the wrong car.

trubble on January 8, 2014 at 8:56 AM

What difference, at this point, does that make?

David Blue on January 8, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Slow Joe is President BO’s insurance.

Wander on January 8, 2014 at 9:00 AM

After each proclamation biden makes I always here him say “ya,that’s the ticket”

tim c on January 8, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Joe Biden is a big fing deal!

NotCoach on January 8, 2014 at 9:00 AM

VP Biden voted against the liberation of Kuwait, for the invasion of Iraq and against the Surge.

MoreLiberty on January 8, 2014 at 8:46 AM

And he was right about the first two (we should only have attacked Saddam if we intended to kill him, and Biden knew we were not going to do that; then after we had made the animal our mortal enemy we had to take him out), and he was only wrong about the Surge because after getting authorization to do it Petraeus then surprisingly utilized a strategy of separating the Sunnis and Shiites, something Biden had been arguing for all along.

Don’t get me wrong. Biden is a destructive idiot who has spent his career voting against America’s interests. But he’s a genius American Patriot compared to the rest of the sludge that has been sliming its way through the current Administration (including HRC).

fadetogray on January 8, 2014 at 9:00 AM

ME

ToddPA on January 8, 2014 at 8:57 AM

And me.

And pretty much every other sentient being.

bigmacdaddy on January 8, 2014 at 9:01 AM

who doesn’t like and respect Joe Biden

me

dmacleo on January 8, 2014 at 9:01 AM

Hillary must be laughing her butt off….. please keep doing this Obama….this will distance me from your legacy

cmsinaz on January 8, 2014 at 9:02 AM

who doesn’t like and respect Joe Biden?

Me.

On a side note, I named my 12GA Mossberg 500 “Joe Biden.”

RandallinHerndon on January 8, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Biden is malicious, vindictive, petty, arrogant and stupid. I do not like him.

mchristian on January 8, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Fox is all over this. Gonna need more popcorn.

AllahsNippleHair on January 8, 2014 at 9:05 AM

RUN JOE, RUN !

stenwin77 on January 8, 2014 at 8:55 AM

yes, RUN JOE, RUN …….. off a cliff

RandallinHerndon on January 8, 2014 at 9:09 AM

So, if the White House thinks he’s all that, why are they letting Hillary primary him?

CurtZHP on January 8, 2014 at 9:09 AM

All of this will be sorted out when other books come out
Chuck Todd

Translation =don’t believe this book

cmsinaz on January 8, 2014 at 9:10 AM

I’ll give Biden one thing over Obama. I believe that Biden does love this country. Obama not so much.

gophergirl on January 8, 2014 at 9:10 AM

Gravitas? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

RobertE on January 8, 2014 at 9:12 AM

I don’t think Biden should have the final say in any major policy decisions. On the social scene I figure he’s probably a blowhard and kind of coarse but would make for good entertainment. At the end of the night I would probably be pretty happy he is not a member of my family. He might OCCASIONALLY have an insightful opinion for Obama to consider but I think he is mainly there because he is an intellectual lightweight and, therefore, doesn’t threaten Obama who himself suffers from the same problem.

DaveDief on January 8, 2014 at 9:13 AM

On a side note, I named my 12GA Mossberg 500 “Joe Biden.”

RandallinHerndon on January 8, 2014 at 9:05 AM

I picked up two shotguns this weekend. When I walked in the door, my 14-year old daughter looked at them and muttered, with as much disdain as she could muster, “buy a shotgun. Buy a shotgun.”

I love my little conservative.

bigmacdaddy on January 8, 2014 at 9:15 AM

I’ll give Biden one thing over Obama. I believe that Biden does love this country. Obama not so much.

gophergirl on January 8, 2014 at 9:10 AM

I think Biden loves Biden and power and the country comes in a distant third.

mchristian on January 8, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Hey, if you’re the type that laughs when your pit-bull puppy chews up your precious 20 gauge side-by-side Purdy gunstock, then you’re the type of guy that will also like Joe Biden.

Don L on January 8, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Didn’t Hillary once write a book about Biden titled “It Takes a Village Idiot”?

merlich on January 8, 2014 at 9:18 AM

1. Women he’s groped.
2. Dunkin’ Doughnut workers.
3. Anyone in the same rail car as him.
4. Me.
5. At least half of the American People.
6. Batman (speculating, but I think he wouldn’t be too keen on him.)

Gatsu on January 8, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Obama lied us into Obamacare. Now Gates’ memoir shows his war in Afghanistan was a fraud too.

petefrt on January 8, 2014 at 9:19 AM

The One is defending Joe the Mouth because he wants Joe to succeed him as POTUS. Period.

It’s simple logic. The One proved in ’08 that Shrillary isn’t “inevitable”- except perhaps the inevitability of her life emulating Lady MacBeth’s right to the end of the “play”. (Lady McB goes mad, ICYDK.)

I suspect he anticipates Hi*lary and Liz “Fauxcahontas” Warren engaging in MAD in the primaries, much as everybody but JFKook did on the D side in ’04. Leaving the field clear for Joe. He’s probably assuming yet another R candidate from the NorthEast Liberal Old Boys’ Network (“It’s MY turn, now!”), and he’s probably correct in that assessment.

Leaving The One with Joe in the Oval Office, retaining The One’s “executive team”.

Meaning, The One can run the United States from the 14th tee, just by keeping Valerie Jarratt on his speed-dial.

I suspect the teleprompter will be getting a real workout from Joe. Although they’ll have to keep the Secret Service on standby to get him off stage when about halfway through he bugs his eyes out, rotates them in opposite directions, says “foodlesmanng yakkvllabble SPLOINNGG!” and begins having an animated conversation with the quickling he just spotted under the podium.

clear ether

eon

eon on January 8, 2014 at 9:19 AM

The Secret Service would be hard pressed to invent better protection for Pres Obama than having Joe Biden as VPres.

WestTexasBirdDog on January 8, 2014 at 9:19 AM

That gaggle in the White House aren’t simply incompetent, they’re extremely dangerous.

rplat on January 8, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Seriously, if you handed the guy a valet ticket, you’re guessing it’s 50/50 he comes back with the wrong car.

trubble on January 8, 2014 at 8:56 AM

My gosh fellow, you actually assume that he’ll come back with your car?

Don L on January 8, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Gotta luv Dumb and Dumber run da circus

roflmmfao

donabernathy on January 8, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Caitlin Hayden – Stenographer

And NSC spokes person. Can you find her in this pic?

Key West Reader on January 8, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Box of rocks. Bag of hammers. Door knobs. Paris Hilton.
All the usual jokes come to mind, but I don’t want to insult anyone.

AllahsNippleHair on January 8, 2014 at 9:29 AM

She also works as a community organizer! Caitlin Hayden.

A source you can trust.

Key West Reader on January 8, 2014 at 9:30 AM

He’s like the drunk at the cocktail party. I might like laughing at his charades but that doesn’t mean that I respect him.

blammm on January 8, 2014 at 9:32 AM

from the movie
Being There (1979)
Quotes

Louise: It’s for sure a white man’s world in America. Look here: I raised that boy since he was the size of a piss-ant. And I’ll say right now, he never learned to read and write. No, sir. Had no brains at all. Was stuffed with rice pudding between th’ ears. Shortchanged by the Lord, and dumb as a jackass. Look at him now! Yes, sir, all you’ve gotta be is white in America, to get whatever you want. Gobbledy-gook!

Paul-Cincy on January 8, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Box of rocks. Bag of hammers. Door knobs. Paris Hilton.
All the usual jokes come to mind, but I don’t want to insult anyone.

AllahsNippleHair on January 8, 2014 at 9:29 AM

From Seinfeld, Elaine on George:

“You have to understand something about George. He’s an idiot.”

Paul-Cincy on January 8, 2014 at 9:35 AM

All of this will be sorted out when other books come out
Chuck Todd

Translation =don’t believe this book

cmsinaz on January 8, 2014 at 9:10 AM

Oh, you know what? I think you’re right. We should trust a boot licking leftist reporter over Gates. Chuckles knows more than Robert Gates, that’s fo sho!

/punchy this morning – too darned cold!

Key West Reader on January 8, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Joe Biden: “I’m an idiot. I’m serious. I’m not joking. It’s the truth. I’m not kidding.”

Paul-Cincy on January 8, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Hey, who doesn’t like and respect Joe Biden?

Who?

The real question is this. Does anybody but Joe Biden consider his running for the Presidency a real thing?

Biden was tapped to be VP to give the rat-eared wonder “gravitas” on foreign affairs (no, really). It shows.

Happy Nomad on January 8, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Obama lied us into Obamacare. Now Gates’ memoir shows his war in Afghanistan was a fraud too.

petefrt on January 8, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Meanwhile, most returning Vets are now being arbitrarily declared “incompetent” to manage their VA benefits and to own guns

This “defense bill” passed in December 2012. Now, in 2013 most are being declared “incompetent”. The more “incompetent” vets, the better says Obama.

Key West Reader on January 8, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Did Gates also criticize Neil Kinnock?

Mr. D on January 8, 2014 at 8:58 AM

LOL. Well done.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on January 8, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Key West Reader on January 8, 2014 at 9:42 AM

My bad… Here’s the link and actual copies of letters being received by returning Vets

Key West Reader on January 8, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Oddly, the White House appears to be taking that kind of attack seriously

All outta buses?

Shy Guy on January 8, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Why would anyone trust Gates’ judgment regarding Biden?

Gates is really slamming Biden because of the one thing Biden was right about: If we wanted to establish liberal democracy in Iraq, we had to largely separate the Sunnis and Shiites so they could each have their own governments.

Come to think of it, why would any of you here trust Gates judgment at all, anyway, about anything?

fadetogray on January 8, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Come to think of it, why would any of you here trust Gates judgment at all, anyway, about anything?

fadetogray on January 8, 2014 at 9:50 AM

What I want to know is why Gates remained silent about Obama’s indifference to the number of troops he was killing until well after the 2012 elections. I’ve heard respected conservative pundits try to explain it as being the “loyal soldier” not critical in public about the administration while trying to fix things behind the scenes. I’ve heard liberal pundits suggest that he is a liar trying to sell books with sensationalized but fictional accounts about Obama.

All I want to know is why nobody stood up for the troops. Lest we forget 75-80% of all combat deaths in Afghanistan have been during the Obama administration.

Happy Nomad on January 8, 2014 at 9:55 AM

VP Biden voted against the liberation of Kuwait, for the invasion of Iraq and against the Surge.

MoreLiberty on January 8, 2014 at 8:46 AM

And he was right about the first two (we should only have attacked Saddam if we intended to kill him, and Biden knew we were not going to do that; then after we had made the animal our mortal enemy we had to take him out)

fadetogray on January 8, 2014 at 9:00 AM

You’re ignoring the fact that Pappy Bush had to assemble a coalition of many countries to evict Saddam from Kuwait, and many of the Middle Eastern countries that joined only signed on to said coalition on the condition that it evict Iraq from Kuwait, and nothing more.

Del Dolemonte on January 8, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Key West Reader on January 8, 2014 at 9:42 AM

As if that’s not bad enough, see what you think of this: Switzerland Warning Against Obama Regime Stuns Russia

petefrt on January 8, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Joe Biden: “I’m an idiot. I’m serious. I’m not joking. It’s the truth. I’m not kidding.”

Paul-Cincy on January 8, 2014 at 9:37 AM

“That’s a big effing deal.”

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on January 8, 2014 at 9:59 AM

There is a principle in management that you should not let a manager pick his successor. The reasoning is that there tends to be a desire, whether acknowledged or not, for someone to think more highly of themselves than they perhaps should. This desire can be manifested by picking someone to follow who isn’t quite as good, thus vindicating that the manager was someone special and no one could do the job as well as they could do the job.
Obama is nothing if not supremely and unjustifiably confident in his own wonderfulness. I could very much imagine his ego cringing from Hillary succeeding him but rejoicing at Biden being his successor. Not only would Biden’s election be a nod to the greatness that is Obama in the same sense that Bush the senior’s election was a nod to Reagan’s success, but Biden would not threaten Obama by overshadowing him.
The one thing you have to give Obama his due on is he is a great campaigner. If he went whole hog in campaigning for Biden, not only would he likely enjoy that more than actually governing, but it would stroke his ego. Obama going all out to campaign for Biden in the primary would potentially push Biden over the top. If nothing else, it would cause a definite rift within the dems for a term limited sitting president to push so hard in a primary.
If Obama pushed for Biden, Biden failed to get the nomination and the GOP won the presidency in 2016, Obama could shake his head and point to no one listening to his sage advice.
If Obama pushed for Biden, Biden got the nomination and the GOP won the presidency in 2016, Obama could shake his head and ruefully admit that no one is as great as he is.
If Obama pushed for Biden, Biden got the nomination and the dems won the presidency in 2016, Obama could take victory laps for another four years.
If Obama pushed for Biden, Biden failed to get the nomination and the dems won the presidency in 2016, Obama would be no worse off. He will always have a place in the dem table as an ex-president. He can play the race card to ensure that no one pushes him back from the table to hard.
In short, from the ego driven perspective of Obama he has nothing to lose pushing Biden and much to gain.

yetanotherjohn on January 8, 2014 at 10:00 AM

I wouldn’t trust him to assemble an entertainment center. Seriously, if you handed the guy a valet ticket, you’re guessing it’s 50/50 he comes back with the wrong car.

trubble on January 8, 2014 at 8:56 AM

I’d agree with that, so long as the other 50% chance is that he doesn’t come back at all.

makattak on January 8, 2014 at 10:01 AM

petefrt on January 8, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Thanks. I knew when they started f*cking with Petreaus… Good info, so thanks again.

Key West Reader on January 8, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Gates slams the Vice President for having “been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades,” which Allahpundit joked yesterday constitutes proof of the book’s accuracy.

…enough said!

KOOLAID2 on January 8, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Happy Nomad on January 8, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Something much bigger is happening behind the scenes with our most revered Generals. Just my humble opinion cuz I don’t gets my newz from Rachel Maddow or Juan Stewart or Stepphen Col-Bert.

Check out Peterfrt @ 9:59.

Key West Reader on January 8, 2014 at 10:12 AM

RUN JOE, RUN !

stenwin77 on January 8, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Seen on front bumpers everywhere.

James on January 8, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Paul-Cincy on January 8, 2014 at 9:34 AM

“Being There”: probably the best movie ever that most people have never seen. It is a crime that Peter Sellers did not receive an Oscar, although Melvyn Douglas won for Best Supporting Actor.

GAlpha10 on January 8, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Gates slams the Vice President for having “been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades,” which Allahpundit joked yesterday constitutes proof of the book’s accuracy.

…enough said!

KOOLAID2 on January 8, 2014 at 10:11 AM

I think we may all recall the date and time that Rush picked and Obama picked “Biden” as VPOTUS. A wicked day, indeed.

I’m not a paid Rush member, but it’s right there in the archives.

Pick the stupidest, most inane, most illiterate, most alcohol soaked Senator for VPOTUS for foreign policy creds… control him, hide him, deride him, make him a laughing stock (because he is just that) and Obama can commandeer the road to ruin for America.

Biden – Useful tool since he took office 35 freaking years ago.

Term limits

Key West Reader on January 8, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Obama’s War on America’s Finest

Not sure where General Ham is now, but he was AFRICOM before Benghazi and was told to stand down on 9/11/12 by Valerie Jarrett, the Iranian.

Key West Reader on January 8, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Key West Reader on January 8, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Gates’ revelations just scratch the surface, IMO. While not taking everything in that article at face value, I do believe bigger things at work below the surface will be exposed… hopefully sooner than later.

petefrt on January 8, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Something much bigger is happening behind the scenes with our most revered Generals. Just my humble opinion cuz I don’t gets my newz from Rachel Maddow or Juan Stewart or Stepphen Col-Bert.

Key West Reader on January 8, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Frankly, our most senior generals are nothing more than politicians in uniform.

Happy Nomad on January 8, 2014 at 10:21 AM

hopefully sooner than later.

petefrt on January 8, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Agreed. All 5 of my brothers were Boy Scouts and I know their motto.

Be Prepared.

Key West Reader on January 8, 2014 at 10:23 AM

GAlpha10 on January 8, 2014 at 10:15 AM

I thought “Being There” was a movie about John Kerry. But that was before Obama moved into the WH.

Agree, it was a super movie.

petefrt on January 8, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Frankly, our most senior generals are nothing more than politicians in uniform.

Happy Nomad on January 8, 2014 at 10:21 AM

You know how much I luv ya HN, but I have to respectfully disagree on this one. Honestly, I come from a long line of Military (I never served because.. I’m a girl and wasn’t tough enough), but I do believe that there are more powerful forces at work here. Strategic and intelligence based.

I believe POTUS is blissfully unaware and VPOTUS is just retarded. But the forces we face can and will be defeated.

Key West Reader on January 8, 2014 at 10:28 AM

yetanotherjohn on January 8, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Excellent analysis.

fadetogray on January 8, 2014 at 10:29 AM

yetanotherjohn on January 8, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Excellent analysis.

fadetogray on January 8, 2014 at 10:29 AM

From a pure political standpoint? Yes. Eggselent.

From the view from below by the populace?

Niet. Enough politics.

Key West Reader on January 8, 2014 at 10:31 AM

He’s a nasty political hack who hides his snarkiness behind a smile full of capped teeth. He’s as phony as his toupee. None of these so called revelations surprise me. If it looks like a snake it probably is a snake.

neyney on January 8, 2014 at 10:34 AM

He’s a nasty political hack who hides his snarkiness behind a smile full of capped teeth. He’s as phony as his toupee. None of these so called revelations surprise me. If it looks like a snake it probably is a snake.

neyney on January 8, 2014 at 10:34 AM

So, I’m guessing we can count you out for leading the “Stand up for Joe” chant.

Happy Nomad on January 8, 2014 at 10:38 AM

“Stand up, Chuck”

Mallard T. Drake on January 8, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Bozo Biden.

jake49 on January 8, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Has anyone heard of or seen Biden, lately?

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2014 at 11:14 AM

The Onion has been right on Biden from the get-go. That Obama has been wrong isn’t surprising, or even news, so who cares what the WH has to say? So long as the President needs a traveling road-show he has Crazy Joe, but if anything serious needs to be done they will roll out someone else.

MTF on January 8, 2014 at 11:24 AM

The one politician who gets no nuance from Gates, though, is Joe Biden. Gates slams the Vice President for having “been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades”

The same could be said of John Kerry after his fraudulent purple hearts.

sadatoni on January 8, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Man, that’s tough. So much for the sub-50 IQ vote, eh Joey?

mojo on January 8, 2014 at 12:10 PM

To answer the ‘headline question’ . . . . . “me.”

listens2glenn on January 8, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Everyone…..

williamg on January 8, 2014 at 1:02 PM

I was a Senate Judiciary subcommittee counsel during the Carter administration, when Joe sat on the Judiciary Committee. Was around him a lot. Nice guy, he was only in his 30s then. That impression you have of him, as a buffoon? That’s accurate. I wouldn’t have hired him to defend me on a parking ticket.

tkmcp on January 8, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Biden is malicious, vindictive, petty, arrogant and stupid. I do not like him.

mchristian on January 8, 2014 at 9:05 AM

And how does obama deviate from this description?

Oh, riiight! He blaaaaaack!

Lanceman on January 8, 2014 at 1:43 PM

This is a big f’ing deal.

evergreen on January 8, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Um … because Obama needs somebody in his administration who’s more incompetent than he is?

RebeccaH on January 8, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Key West Reader on January 8, 2014 at 10:12 AM

The eutimes is less credible than The Onion :(

Al in St. Lou on January 8, 2014 at 4:49 PM

It seems the most we can hope for with this book is that it reemphasizes how the Clinton’s feel about the military. Just pawns in the game. Or waiters.

Cindy Munford on January 8, 2014 at 4:55 PM