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Pack of monkeys threaten Joe Biden

posted at 11:55 am on July 23, 2013 by

I’m not sure about you guys, but monkeys freak me the hell out. They’re way too close to humans for my comfort and have the advantage because they don’t talk. I always wonder, “What are these little demon creatures thinking?”

Vice President Joe Biden is in India this week and apparently, there was an issue with security.

The security around Joe Biden’s visit to India may be among the tightest in the world, but it faced an unanticipated threat during the U.S. vice president’s first engagement — a pack of monkeys.

Mr. Biden started a four-day visit to India Monday with a trip to the Gandhi Smriti, a memorial to the leader of India’s freedom movement at the site where he was assassinated in New Delhi in 1948.

In what could be described as bad timing, about a dozen adult monkeys–some with babies in tow– took a fancy to thick clusters of raw mangoes hanging on a tree above a tall statue of Gandhi, just before the American dignitary was due to reach the spot on his carefully choreographed walkabout of the site.

But, oblivious to the high-profile visit going on beneath them, the creatures gamboled on the branches swinging from one to another, bombarding the area around Gandhi’s statue with unripe mangoes as they bit into the raw fruit and discarded the leftovers. Then three of the monkeys suddenly swept down from the branches on to a 10-foot high bamboo frame, covered with a white cloth, erected as a backdrop to the statue.

“What I don’t want is a mango to drop on the vice president when he comes here,” said an Indian security official as he warily eyed the furry creatures, who are regarded by many in the Indian capital as a menace.

 

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Heh. Where to start? Low hanging fruit, if you don’t mind a metaphor.

a capella on July 23, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Cue the Madagascar cast with slightly edited script:

Mason the Chimpanzee: [Mason and Phil have just escaped] I hear Crazy Joe’s speaking at the Gandhi statue.

[Phil signs frantically]

Mason the Chimpanzee: Well, of course we’re going to throw poo at him!

ugottabekiddingme on July 23, 2013 at 12:06 PM

[Phil signs frantically]

Mason the Chimpanzee: Well, of course we’re going to throw poo at him!

ugottabekiddingme on July 23, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Are you sure Phil wasn’t signing about Slow Joe throwing poo at them?? It would sure explain the “frantic” part.

VelvetElvis on July 23, 2013 at 12:16 PM

But Joe, you just need to take a double-barreled shotgun and fire two rounds into the air to scare off these hoodlums.

Imrahil on July 23, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Fanboys.

CurtZHP on July 23, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Biden threatened himself?

Bitter Clinger on July 23, 2013 at 12:25 PM

as he warily eyed the furry creatures, who are regarded by many in the Indian capital as a menace.

We, in the US, regard Biden as a menace.

Bitter Clinger on July 23, 2013 at 12:28 PM

I think Miss Pavlich wins the internet. All I have to do is read the headline of this post and I start laughing uncontrollably.

CurtZHP on July 23, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Must….resist……commenting……

BobMbx on July 23, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Must….resist……commenting……

BobMbx on July 23, 2013 at 12:36 PM

C’mon. You know you want to.

CurtZHP on July 23, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Good thing the monkeys didn’t bite Biden.

They might catch something.

Christien on July 23, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Biden is an idiot. These are wild animals that are in regular contact with people, almost always without incident. Simply give them space when they are near their food, and they will leave you alone–unless you are openly displaying your own edibles.

Setting up under their mango tree? Only a dumbass like Biden would be so foolish.

Christien on July 23, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Biden v Bandar-log: The Rumble in the Jungle Book

Christien on July 23, 2013 at 1:01 PM

I figured President Pack of Camels would have threatened him first.

Flange on July 23, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Pack of monkeys threaten Joe Biden

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I was thinking “intellectually” but it appears I may have been wrong… or maybe I was right. Did Joe make faces at them, like he does at Republicans and military commanders he doesn’t like?

ExpressoBold on July 23, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Apparently, they didn’t like his 7-11 and Dunkin Donuts jokes, either.

Christien on July 23, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Obviously, just excited to see one of their own elected Vice President of the United States.

VastRightWingConspirator on July 23, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Monkeys are worshiped in India as creatures of the Hindu monkey God, Hanuman. They are given the free run of things. There’s an occasional series on cable called Rebel Monkeys following a troop of Rhesus Macaques in Jaipur. They’d have been destroyed as nuisances here, but they get away with all sorts of things there.

flataffect on July 23, 2013 at 1:23 PM

I don’t want to get involved in Joe’s family problems.

RadClown on July 23, 2013 at 2:00 PM

My test worked! Soon my evil robot monkey-armies will rule the world! Not even Joe Biden and his shotgun can stop me. BWAHAHAHAHAHA!

Kingfisher on July 23, 2013 at 2:15 PM

1. Were they flying monkeys?

2. Were they sent by Nancy Pelosi?

jmad on July 23, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Relax. Nothing to see here. These are just the normal monkeys that fly out of Crazy Uncle Joe’s posterior whenever he is in public.

CableDude on July 23, 2013 at 2:43 PM

I understand some rabies shots were administered. The monkeys are expected to recover.

CrustyB on July 23, 2013 at 3:07 PM

So…Joe was in his element. Although, the monkeys undoubtedly have a higher IQ.

MrFreeman07 on July 23, 2013 at 3:13 PM

They recognized Slow Joe as a member of a rival troop and decided to show him whose territory he was in.

RebeccaH on July 23, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Meanwhile, the Peanut Farmer spins “White Rabbit”.

Steve Eggleston on July 23, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Them monkeys is smarter than most of the American voting public…wish we all could throw a mango once in a while at our “leadership.” :-)

coldwarrior on July 23, 2013 at 3:39 PM

I thought Jay Z, Beyonce and the Reverend Duo were traveling with Obama?

2Tru2Tru on July 23, 2013 at 3:51 PM

jmad on July 23, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Thread winner!

thejackal on July 23, 2013 at 3:57 PM

Who let the monkeys loose?

cranky old men, that’s who

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfv6u4An8hU

bigdada on July 23, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Did he visit any 7-11 stores while he was there?

CableDude on July 23, 2013 at 4:17 PM

I hear Biden was telling the Indians there were jobs available at 7-11s throughout the US …..

There Goes the Neighborhood on July 23, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Heh.

I put my money on the monkeys winning.

BlaxPac on July 23, 2013 at 6:25 PM

In what could be described as bad timing

Why bad?

malclave on July 23, 2013 at 6:41 PM

just grab the shotgun joe….that’ll take care of ‘em…

ted c on July 23, 2013 at 6:42 PM

Joe probably joked with the Prime Minister. He said, “Hey, is this what you meant when you said you wanted to show me your monkey?”

ted c on July 23, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Dammit dammit dammit. That’s how my new zombie outbreak script started. What are the chances?

TexasDan on July 23, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Carter faced a rogue rabbit. Biden gets mad monkeys.

GarandFan on July 23, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Now he knows how Zimmerman feels

HotAirian on July 24, 2013 at 12:53 AM

Pack of monkeys threaten Joe Biden


Know the hazards when you visit a foreign country.

Years ago, BigSven was accosted by a marauding band of macaques inside the gun tunnels of Gibraltar …was rather chaotic, very noisy and unexpeced…BigSven survived :)

In Bangkok, especially in wee hours late night, dog packs will stalk you if you look like a victim and appear “timid”…

In Manila huge rats, 15inch+ just the body, not incld tail, will visit your hotel rooms (yes, even the $300 a night ones)while you sleep. Tip: ALWAYS Check entire room, especially aircondtioner vent areas and bathrooms for any holes or crevices that are unexplained or unblocked. ;)

Maybe the State Department will now post ‘practical info’ in their consular remarks about such things, now since VP Biden had a brush with ‘real life’ for a change..;)

BigSven on July 24, 2013 at 6:52 AM

Everybody’s talking about the zombie apocalypse. And I’m just sitting here preparing for the monkey apocalypse.

ZK on July 24, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Pack of monkeys threaten impersonate Joe Biden

They got caught though; turns out they’re just not goofy enough to pull it off.

VelvetElvis on July 24, 2013 at 11:41 AM