Biden: “It’s time to take back America!”

posted at 6:01 pm on September 2, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Alternate headline: Joe Biden becomes a Tea Party activist. Even ABC’s Rick Klein felt the need to point out the obvious after the Vice President’s Labor Day speech called out for supporters to “take back America.” Take it back from whom?

Vice President Joe Biden figures to be quite the draw for Democrats this fall, behind perhaps only a few people named Clinton, and maybe one named Warren, as the Democrat other Democrats want alongside them to help them in closely contested elections. To that end, Biden’s rousing Labor Day speech in Detroit is worth paying attention to. “It’s time to take back America,” said the man who’s been vice president of the United States for almost six years.

There are two ways to read this, and neither one of them are particularly positive for Biden or the administration he serves. First, “taking back America” usually refers to kicking the party in power in the shins, and right now that’s the Democrats. Biden’s party controls the Senate, and in case Biden hasn’t noticed (which may be possible), the White House as well. “Taking back America” is a call to punish that power structure, not to endorse it.

The other way to read this is a call to take back America from powerful special interests, which is more what Biden means here. But again, Biden and Barack Obama have had almost six years to do that, and Democrats have controlled the Senate since the 2006 midterms eight years ago. What did they do with that opportunity? Well, they created a command economy in health insurance and forced Americans to buy expensive policies whether they needed them or not. And … that’s about it. They’ve presided over a set of economic policies which has produced the weakest post-recession recovery ever, which makes people even more vulnerable to powerful special interests, and which has stifled the kind of innovation and start-up competition that might challenge that establishment.

This is why running on a populist message in the sixth year of an administration is a bad idea. Taking back America is an explicit call to punish the man who’s making this very call.

Alternate alternate headline: The Vice President is a racist:

Noah ripped Holder for this assertion in July for playing the race card on a phrase which has a long tradition in American politics and populism. On the other hand, maybe it was a fortuitous declaration in the long run. Perhaps someone will ask the Attorney General on camera whether the Vice President is racist for saying this, or just monumentally foolish. There doesn’t seem to be a third choice here.


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Limbaugh Theorem on full display.

Aizen on September 2, 2014 at 6:04 PM

wait i thought “taking our country back” was racist or something

renalin on September 2, 2014 at 6:05 PM

in case Biden hasn’t noticed

Uncle Joe doesn’t notice anything unless it’s wearing a biker chick halter top.

As for his phrasing and Holder’s beef with it, we already knew Slow Joe is a raving racist.

C’mon trolls! Go to bat for the old coot!

CurtZHP on September 2, 2014 at 6:06 PM

RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACIST!!!

Resist We Much on September 2, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Hah, told you Biden and the leftists are racists.

Schadenfreude on September 2, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Per Holder/obama, Biden is now a racist.

Schadenfreude on September 2, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Stand up, Joe!

Maybe Biden is just as horrified at Obama’s inaction as the rest of us. Maybe he really is bailing out on Obama…..

After all, if Obama resigns/is impeached/forced out/dies of AIDS from Reggie Love/Dies from Michelle inflicted Lobster wounds: Biden benefits.

Vanceone on September 2, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Biden points out that we’ve always been at war with Eastasia. The crowd eats it up and is ready to take the nation back.

Happy Nomad on September 2, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Perhaps someone will ask the Attorney General on camera whether the Vice President is racist for saying this, or just monumentally foolish. There doesn’t seem to be a third choice here.

How about both?

Bitter Clinger on September 2, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Take it back from Biden. Obumbles the Incompetent has ruined it and Biden doesn’t want it any more.

Old Country Boy on September 2, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Take it back from 7-Eleven clerks?

Ward Cleaver on September 2, 2014 at 6:09 PM

The other way to read this is a call to take back America from powerful special interests, which is more what Biden means here.

You mean those special interests like banks, which bought and paid for Biden (and his lobbyist sons)?

Biden wants Americans to take the country back from the special interests who finance the campaigns of people like . . . Biden?

No, what Biden really means here is that he wants corporate-owned stooges and corruptocrats like himself to take the country back from the Tea Party (i.e., We the People).

AZCoyote on September 2, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Biden would still be a better President than Obama.

And that is truly sad.

petunia on September 2, 2014 at 6:11 PM

The fact he said this in the liberal cesspool of Detroit, run into the ground by union goon, libs the last 50 years, is priceless.

Meople on September 2, 2014 at 6:11 PM

maybe he had tee many martoonies and thought it was 2008 all over again

DanMan on September 2, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Biden would still be a better President than Obama.

And that is truly sad.

petunia on September 2, 2014 at 6:11 PM

A ham sandwich would be better than Obama. At least the Islamists would hate it.

Aizen on September 2, 2014 at 6:12 PM

I wonder if Biden is “gonna put y’all in chains”?

thatsafactjack on September 2, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Well, they created a command economy in health insurance and forced Americans to buy expensive policies whether they needed them or not. And … that’s about it.

Ed, how quickly we forget about those earlier triumphs such as Cash for Clunkers!

parke on September 2, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Hahaaha what a loon. Say who’s in charge there Joe?

A heartbeat away……

CW on September 2, 2014 at 6:14 PM

IN: ‘It’s time to take you out of chains!’

OUT: ‘Dey gonna putcha back in chains!’

Resist We Much on September 2, 2014 at 6:14 PM

This is why I don’t fear a 50/50 split in the senate.

Biden is dumb enough to be played like the fool he is.

nobar on September 2, 2014 at 6:15 PM

It seems both Warren and Biden are coming at Clinton from her left. How much room is there over there?

KW64 on September 2, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Biden is an old leftie, and he knows only one script. However, this represents a problem for all the left and not just Biden. It’s hard to say lets fight the man when you are the man. The left controls the media, the federal bureaucracy, the Presidency and the Senate. The left is the man.

DFCtomm on September 2, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Now he’s playing the race card again. In a recent speech he said, “There’s a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me, that’s directed at me (and) directed at the president. You know, people talking about taking their country back. … There’s a certain racial component to this for some people. I don’t think this is the thing that is a main driver, but for some there’s a racial animus.”

Schadenfreude on September 2, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Here’s the national oafish capo.

Schadenfreude on September 2, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Biden: “It’s time to take back America!”

‘from the liberal progressive douchebag idiots!’

Diluculo on September 2, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Um, the Democrats have driven America into the ditch,
after they side-swiped the World,

so,…um,..whats to take back!!

canopfor on September 2, 2014 at 6:22 PM

You left out that they presided over Big Government federal programs, both spending (“stimulus”) and regulatory (Consumer Credit Protection Act, etc.) that benefited big business and cronies of the administration at the expense of small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Socratease on September 2, 2014 at 6:27 PM

I knew the Tea Party would find their leader. Plugs Biden!

msupertas on September 2, 2014 at 6:28 PM

I knew the Tea Party would find their leader. Plugs Biden!

msupertas on September 2, 2014 at 6:28 PM

He does kind of have that “Founding Father” look, albeit with less hair.

Aizen on September 2, 2014 at 6:30 PM

MeanWhile,..from Hopey’s Labour Day Speechy:

DeMonizing of the Right!

And if I cared about these things, I’d also want more Democrats looking out for me. I’m just saying. (Applause.) Because when the rest of the country is working to raise wages, but Republicans in Congress won’t, it ain’t right. Not only is it not right, it ain’t right. (Laughter.) When the rest of the country is working to open up more businesses, but Republicans in Congress block investments that would help more businesses grow, it ain’t right. When unions and CEOs, when law enforcement and the evangelical community, when folks who usually don’t agree on anything agree that we should be fixing our broken immigration system, but the Republicans in the House of Representatives have been sitting on a bill for more than a year, it ain’t right.

http://www.shallownation.com/2014/08/29/video-president-obama-labor-day-speech-laborfest-milwaukee-wisconsin-sept-1-2014/

canopfor on September 2, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Third alternative:

Joey Biden is running for president and distancing himself from Obama.

Hey! Democrats get dumber every day. Some would actually buy this!

They elected King Barack TWICE, didn’t they?

GarandFan on September 2, 2014 at 6:37 PM

He does kind of have that “Founding Father” look, albeit with less hair.

Aizen on September 2, 2014 at 6:30 PM

That sum beeyatch is senile…plain and simple. The secret service is not for protection, but baby sitting…diaper changes and food blendering.

msupertas on September 2, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Who said the following, ISIS or the Obama admin?

“It’s time to take back America!”

faraway on September 2, 2014 at 6:38 PM

The guy just spews clichés, he hasn’t a clue what he is talking about.

albill on September 2, 2014 at 6:40 PM

They probably trademarked “take back America” and “move forward America” just to leave their opponents without a slogan.

Buddahpundit on September 2, 2014 at 6:41 PM

That sum beeyatch is senile…plain and simple. The secret service is not for protection, but baby sitting…diaper changes and food blendering.

msupertas on September 2, 2014 at 6:37 PM

True, and I was mainly joking anyway. ;)

Maybe should have added a sarc tag, there.

Aizen on September 2, 2014 at 6:42 PM

I think he is right, he has been so left out and is worried about his future. He knows he can’t become President living in the closet Valerie put him.

Sven on September 2, 2014 at 6:43 PM

His plugs are not holding up so well.

As for his plea to take back America?

It depends on “which” America he is rooting for. America-America or Obama-America.

Sellout.

Key West Reader on September 2, 2014 at 6:48 PM

That sum beeyatch is senile…plain and simple. The secret service is not for protection, but baby sitting…diaper changes and food blendering.

msupertas on September 2, 2014 at 6:37 PM

That Duty would suck.

Key West Reader on September 2, 2014 at 6:50 PM

He has to mean take America back from the Democrats correct? Or maybe from the Muslim invasion? Maybe the illegal immigrant invasion? Or how about corrupt the agencies that are being used for political purposes? Guess he could be talking about our feckless elected legislators or judges who don’t dispense justice but rule based on ideology? Wow, pretty long list. Where do we begin?

iamsaved on September 2, 2014 at 6:55 PM

You’ve been in charge for 6 damned years idiot!

mitchellvii on September 2, 2014 at 6:58 PM

The guy just spews clichés, he hasn’t a clue what he is talking about.

albill on September 2, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Agreed. He also said that the economy was improving and that “the middle class is stable”.

WTF?

I think he meant it’s “stable” about the way a crashed aircraft is. I mean, it’s not going anywhere, and best of all from the deep-green POV, it’s not using energy or creating pollution.

Of course, there are probably dead bodies lying around, too, but hey, fertilizer.

Which is about what Slow Joe has between his ears.

clear ether

eon

eon on September 2, 2014 at 7:16 PM

Alternate alternate headline: The Vice President is a racist:

Excellent catch, Ed. This is exactly why I read HotGas.

rogaineguy on September 2, 2014 at 7:16 PM

“How we gonna run reform when we’re the d*** incumbent!”

http://youtu.be/08mqvCL_uq4

ZonToro on September 2, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Take back America from whom? Biden is already President of the Senate, and can break tie votes there (which won’t happen until after the 2014 elections anyway). From President Obama? Does Biden want Obama impeached? Or from the Grim Weeper, John Boehner?

Memo to Slow Joe, Scranton Rantin’: Let’s Take Back America from you and your boss!

Steve Z on September 2, 2014 at 7:28 PM

It’s what he made it, unless he’s playing Ernst Rohm to Barry’s (Godwin Alert).

Which makes Holder who exactly?

formwiz on September 2, 2014 at 7:31 PM

When Joe Biden talks about taking “back America,” is he talking about our 1/2 of 1/3 of the political power. We can’t even have that?!

ncjetsfan on September 2, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Molon labe, MF.
Molon labe.

connertown on September 2, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Will anyone in the Manure Spreading Media remind Ol’ Joke Biden that ‘his people’ a.k.a. the Gimmedat’s have been in CONTROL of government since (drum roll please) 2006.
For those in the Gimmedat Party (who find math is hard) that amounts to over EIGHT YEARS.
With over SIX of them having KING PUTT (with Pen & Phone) controlling the direction of government.

Summer of Recovery!!!

Where is the $ 800 BILLION in Stimulus, Joe?
Where the phuck did it go Joe?

Missilengr on September 2, 2014 at 7:42 PM

No, no, you’ve all got it wrong! Joe was referring to Mexico taking the country back!

OldEnglish on September 2, 2014 at 7:50 PM

Then-Senators Obama, Biden, Clinton, Kerry, along with their Democrat peers including Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, took majority control of Washington, D.C. on 1/3/2007 (NOT 1/20/2009), and have held majority control (2+ out of 3 of the House, Senate, and Presidency) for over seven and half years.

When the Democrats became the majority party on 1/3/2007 (and George W. Bush became part of the minority party),they inherited a GOOD economy:

Dec 2006 Unemployment 4.4%
FY 2007 Deficit < $161 Billion, = 1.1% of GDP

Over the last 7 fiscal years, Democrats have created deficits averaging 6.4% of GDP every year for 7 years.

Unemployment has never returned to the 4.4% which Democrats inherited from the outgoing Republican majority.

Yes, we need to take our country back from the Democrats (and from RINOs who want to spend like Democrats).

Biden is so stupid that he thinks that themes which resonate with conservative Tea Party voters will also resonate with his base if he simply repeats “just words”.

ITguy on September 2, 2014 at 7:59 PM

I agree. Take it back.

COgirl on September 2, 2014 at 9:35 PM

It’s story-book, man.

S. D. on September 2, 2014 at 9:58 PM

Flippin’ moron! I don’t find Biden at all amusing. The word that comes to mind is appalling.

claudius on September 2, 2014 at 11:17 PM

I prefer Biden to Hillary, and maybe democrats do too? They don’t have much else right now.

virgo on September 2, 2014 at 11:43 PM

Right after we take back Vanessa Redgrave, Joe Piscopo, and Eddie Murphy and give ‘em all some place to go.

Christien on September 3, 2014 at 12:16 AM

Right after we take back Vanessa Redgrave, Joe Piscopo, and Eddie Murphy and give ‘em all some place to go.

Christien on September 3, 2014 at 12:16 AM

That’s Great!

Buck Turgidson on September 3, 2014 at 8:03 AM

Dain bammage.

Kissmygrits on September 3, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Is it just me, or does old senile Joe seem like one of those mouth-breather extras they had sitting around the campfire on Hee-Haw?

thejackal on September 3, 2014 at 10:12 AM