We have great fun with our Obamateurisms, but Joe Biden may need his own category soon. We knew that Biden was a Past Gaffemaster, but who knew he’d fail to correctly name the Democratic governor of New Jersey — in prepared remarks? Andrew Malcolm has the story:
For your Joe Biden Gaffe files: Washington. Mandarin Oriental Hotel. LGBT fundraiser. Hauled in about $1 mill. 33% better than last year with Michelle Obama. …
Biden also praised Tim Kaine as the “great governor of New Jersey.”
One problem: Tim Kaine’s not governor of New Jersey.
Jon Corzine (right) is governor of New Jersey (Remember, he didn’t wear his seatbelt in the state patrol car for the big high-speed crash).
Tim Kaine is governor of another state, called Virginia.
He’s also chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
Andrew reports that Biden used his TelePrompter to deliver that remark, and that it wasn’t just off the cuff. That meant that Biden, who reportedly got chosen as a running mate because of his status as an eminence grise among Democrats, apparently can’t tell Kaine from Corzine. Both of them may be out of a job soon, but still, the similarities more or less end there.
The fundraiser with LGBT leaders drew the ire of protesters, who called attendees “gay Uncle Toms” for supporting Biden and Barack Obama after the latter defended the Defense of Marriage Act in court. Biden pledged to repeal DOMA during the meeting, but apparently declined to explain how that fit with his boss’ repeated insistence that he opposes gay marriage and the administration’s defense of the law in court. That’s less of a gaffe, though, than just business as usual with administration promises.