Walk Softly: Biden Says Obama 'Has a Big Stick'
Vice President Joe Biden talks about the President's "big stick" in a campaign speech, and the media steals the chance for satire.
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BY ALLIE SPILLYARDS
It was a speech meant to speak to the strengths of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy. But Vice President Joe Biden’s comments, quoting Teddy Roosevelt, elicited more giggles than praise. CBS has that moment.
“‘Speak softly and carry a big stick.’ (end of quote) I promise you, the President has a big stick. I promise you.”
Those laughs came from students at New York University, where Biden was presenting a campaign speech. But they didn’t stop there. The media seemed unable to control themselves after this latest vice-presidential gaffe.
MIKA BRZEZINSKI : “I’m just going to move on to something else because I have a feeling this group can’t handle Vice President Biden’s comments.”
DANA PERINO : (Laughter)
GREG GUTFELD: “I don’t see what’s so funny Dana. What’s that mean? Can you explain it to me? Is there some kind of double entendre I’m missing Dana?”
And late-night television hosts didn’t let this one slip by.
JAY LENO : “It’s now time for another segment of something we like to call Mr. Inappropriate. Tonight version features Vice President Joe Biden out on the campaign trail.”
JIMMY FALLON : “In related news, Biden’s now banned from the White House steam room. They don’t even want him... they don’t even want him coming by there anymore.”
The Daily Beast points out, this isn’t Biden’s first time to get tongue-tied. But his verbal missteps are what they say, makes him so lovable.
“But if he hadn’t made these cringeworthy gaffes, he wouldn’t be the off-the-cuff, straight-shooting, error-prone vice president we know. For better or worse, Joe, ‘God love ya.’”
New York Mag was one of several publications to satire the speech, but the writer brought to surface the real point.
“In an important foreign policy address at NYU this morning, Vice-President Joe Biden discussed ... some stuff about foreign policy, probably. Nobody knows, because the only thing that anyone paid attention to or will remember was [what] Biden proclaimed.”
And as the laughter dies down, Democratic strategist Jen Psaki tells CNN’s Wolf Blitzer , let’s get past this.
WOLF BLITZER: “These words can have double entendres, shall we say.”
JEN PSAKI: “Well, Wolf look. I think we can all rely on the Vice President to bring empathy, bring experience, and bring some humor from time to time. So I hope that’s what people take it as.”