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The Joe Biden gaffe thread.

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Amra, May 18, 2009.

  1. Amra

    Amra IncGamers Member

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    The Joe Biden gaffe thread.

    Face it: it's time he has his own thread.

    I know that anyone who does that much public speaking is bound to mess up now again. So this is all in good fun. But c'mon......
     
  2. Ariadne

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    Re: The Joe Biden gaffe thread.

    I watch "Have I Got News For You" on the BBC every week and get to see a lot of political gaffes. Usually by Gordon Brown though.
     
  3. Amra

    Amra IncGamers Member

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    Re: The Joe Biden gaffe thread.

    Isn't the Queen going to take the paddle to him?
     
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    Re: The Joe Biden gaffe thread.

    What a lovely image.
     
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    Re: The Joe Biden gaffe thread.

    True.

    Back to Joe Biden then.

    :fire:
     
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    Re: The Joe Biden gaffe thread.

    My favorite remains the Roosevelt on TV in 1929 thing, but I have to say revealing the location of your own bunker is a very close second.
     
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    Re: The Joe Biden gaffe thread.

    Republicans, the media, and John Stewart have been yukking it up about what Joe Biden said to Katie Couric, "When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed. He said, 'Look, here's what happened.'"

    John Stewart sagely informs us that (1) "Roosevelt wasn't President when the stock market crashed" (in 1929), and (2) "no one had televisions". And The New York Times helpfully offers that "Herbert Hoover was president when the stock market crashed, in 1929. Roosevelt did not take office until March of 1933. When he did, Roosevelt communicated to the people over radio — not television."

    Well ... apparently neither Stewart nor the Editorial Board of The New York Times are media historians.

    Here's a little history for them:

    1. Herbert Hoover (then Secretary of Commerce) and Walter S. Gifford (President of AT&T) participated in a conversation via television hook-up between Washington and New York in .... tada tada ... 1927!

    2. FDR gave a televised address from the 1939 World's Fair in New York ... thereby becoming the first U.S. President to be televised.

    3. FDR was televised from a Democratic Rally in Madison Square Garden in October, 1940.

    So, here is what is TRUE about what Stewart, the New York Times, et al have been saying about Biden's gaffe: (1) FDR was indeed not President when the stock market crashed in 1929.

    And, here is what is FALSE about what Stewart, the New York Times, et al have been saying about Biden's gaffe: (1) Contrary to what Stewart said, there was indeed television in 1927. (2) Contrary to what The New York Times said, although FDR was known for his fireside radio chats (see my The Soft Edge: A Natural History and Future of the Information Revolution for details), he indeed also communicated to Americans via television.

    Now, television service was indeed much less common in the late 20s and the 30s and early 40s than it would soon after become, and Biden indeed was mostly in error in his statement to Couric ... But, media, next time you publicly take potshots at a VP, open a book, look around a little on the Web, get your facts right ... It's not that hard.
     
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    Re: The Joe Biden gaffe thread.

    :rolf:

    I am not going to hold my breath for that to happen!



     
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    Re: The Joe Biden gaffe thread.

    So Roosevelt got on TV, as president, in 1929 and addressed the American people?

    Twist it how you like, he got all three points wrong. It was not a question of whether the technology existed, or whether he used it 11 years later, it was about whether he was:
    A) President
    B) On TV addressing the people.

    Both are not true.
     
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    Re: The Joe Biden gaffe thread.

    I'm hoping Biden surpasses Quayle with regards to stupid statements. I would have thought that a difficult task.
     
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    Re: The Joe Biden gaffe thread.

    Joe who? He's one of those nobody-cares-VPs.

    In the event of a major terrorist attack, they can have the VP anyway. They're like the Administration's mascot.
     
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    Re: The Joe Biden gaffe thread.

    You've proved your actual political affiliation yet again, Driveby. Quayle was a lightweight, but Biden was light-years ahead in the gaffe department before he was even elected. Or had you forgotten "slight Indian accent"?

    This one is pretty good:
    Here's a larger list:



     
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    Re: The Joe Biden gaffe thread.

    Personally I was looking forward to "vice president Palin" and her gaffles that would have put Biden to shame.

    Oh well I guess everyone is safer with her in Alaska. On her porch keeping a check on the ruskies. Hehe, what a tool.
     
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    Re: The Joe Biden gaffe thread.

    Well I was looking forward to "president Clinton" and her gaffes that would have put the theoretical "vice president Palin"'s gaffes to shame.
     
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    Re: The Joe Biden gaffe thread.

    In 8 years my bigoted friend. in 8 years.

    Or maybe 4 if you and your friends in white sheets manage to get a shot off on the commander in chief "for the good of the country"
     
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    Re: The Joe Biden gaffe thread.

    Bigoted? :rolf:

    Wow, you really like to play the race card.

    Smoking the wacky weed again? :scratchchin:



     
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    Re: The Joe Biden gaffe thread.

    Because I'm black right? Cause black people can't avoid using illegal substances eh massa?



     
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    Re: The Joe Biden gaffe thread.

    Looking for stupid statements . . . look no further . . .

    "Rarely is the questioned asked: Is our children learning?" —Florence, S.C., Jan. 11, 2000

    "They misunderestimated me." —Bentonville, Ark., Nov. 6, 2000

    "There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again." —Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002

    "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." —Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004

    "I'll be long gone before some smart person ever figures out what happened inside this Oval Office."—Washington, D.C., May 12, 2008

    Oh wait, we were looking for Joe Biden gaffes? Well you have to admit these Bush gaffes are so much more amusing. :wink:
     
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    Re: The Joe Biden gaffe thread.

    Yeah but calling Bush on saying something stupid is like playing basketball with a retarded kid and calling him for a double dribble. Some stuff you just need to let slide.
     
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    Re: The Joe Biden gaffe thread.

    The problem with that one is people changed the punctuation while typing it in order to make it wrong. It was said as "The question rarely asked is, are Children learning?" which is actually grammatically correct.



     

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