Ron Rosenbaum

Biden's First Gaffe! Right out of the block, he's weirding us out like Nixon

It’s starting. Here via ABC News is my man Joe in a cringemaking “joke” about his wife’s “problem”:

“Ladies and gentlemen, my wife Jill, who you’ll meet soon, is drop dead gorgeous,” said Biden.

“She also has her doctorate degree, which is a problem,” he added. “But all kidding aside, my Jill, my Jill, my wife Jill and I are honored to join Barack and Michelle on this journey, because that’s what it is, it’s a journey.”

OK, all kidding aside, Joe, what do you mean “problem”? For whom? For you? For her? For voters? (she’s too “elite”?). A problem because she makes you look dumb? Maybe that’s it, he’s trying to be self deprecating to take the edge off the bragging, but can’t quite bring himself to do it, because he doesn’t think there’s anything to be self deprecating about?

Ladies and gentlemen, you know what we have here? We have a man who is as cringingly unable to be funny when he tries to make a joke as the true master of that particular talent: Richard Nixon.

And his miscues are baroque enough to earn their own flava: Bidenesque. I’ll continue to track them but welcome any submissions in comments.

As Joe says “It’s a journey”. Right, and for poor Barack it’s going to be like he’s Steve Martin and Biden is John Candy in Planes, Trains and Automobiles. What was he thinking?