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Bridget Johnson

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July 18, 2013 - 7:17 am

According to the GQ headline, Vice President Joe Biden is the “most misunderstood man in Washington.” Here are some gems from his interview:

“I can die a happy man never having been president of the United States of America,” he said one day at his residence in Washington. “But it doesn’t mean I won’t run.”

…But about 2016: “The judgment I’ll make is, first of all, am I still as full of as much energy as I have now—do I feel this?” he said. “Number two, do I think I’m the best person in the position to move the ball? And, you know, we’ll see where the hell I am.

“And by the way, if you come in the office, I have two portraits hanging—one of Jefferson, one of Adams. Both vice presidents who became presidents.” He said he likes to look at their very satisfied expressions. “I joke to myself, I wonder what their portraits looked like when they were vice presidents.”

… “And I said, ‘Why do you want me to be vice president?’ ” he told me, explaining that he never wanted the VP job, really he didn’t, but Obama convinced him. “He said, ‘Help me govern. Joe, you do Iraq. Defense, State—talk to Joe, get it done. Recovery Act, almost a trillion dollars, do it, Joe!

“Not that I’m so special,” he went on, “or that he couldn’t do it as well or better. But guess what, there was a war in Afghanistan going on at the same time, a banking system collapsing. It was a boulder rolling down a hill here. No matter who he was, now matter how brilliant—this guy is brilliant—he doesn’t have the space on his desk to pick up all of those pieces.”

… The leader of the free world. Now, there’s an interesting topic. He said nowadays that job is way too complicated for one person alone to do, and so America is almost certainly better off with two. Obama and Joe. “Ideologically simpatico.” That’s the key. “Not like Bush-Cheney, where Bush is sort of a blank slate and Cheney was his imprint. Cheney made it hard for the government to function coherently.”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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A stroke patient telling us how he's a better vice president than Dick Cheney.

Go back to self defense advice, Joe, 'cause telling people to commit a crime by firing a shotgun in the air seems less dangerous to the safety of the US than you as President.
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It's easy to "misunderstand" a man who is an idiot. If he's the "most misunderstood," then it means he is the most idiotic man in Washington.
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