Fort Worth, TX (WiredPRNews.com)—With Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware as Barack Obama’s running mate, voters know that the 64-year-old has put his foot in his mouth much like the Archie Bunker character of the 1970s sitcom All In the Family.
Biden’s propensity for off-color remarks earned him the title of ‘gaffe machine’ from NBC news anchor Brian Williams. An example of this happened in February 2007, when Biden said that Barack Obama was “…the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean.” According to a CNN.com article, Biden later apologized in a written statement. “I deeply regret any offense my remark in the New York Observer might have caused anyone. That was not my intent and I expressed that to Sen. Obama.”
Between now and Election Day, Biden’s clumsy comments will be material for stand-up comics and late night TV hosts. Another example of the senator’s verbal fumbles occurred when Biden attempted to compliment the business accomplishments of Indian immigrants in Delaware. Biden said in July 2006 that “You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent…. I’m not joking.”
While the selection of Biden shows that Obama wants to add someone with years experience and a background in foreign policy, it also shows how much of a liability the wrong choice can be. Biden has been serving the state of Delaware as senator since his first election to the US Senate in 1972. He is the current chair and a long-time member of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Only time will tell if Obama made the right choice.
News contributor: Jason Meeks for WiredPRNews.com – News Distribution Service