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Joe Biden Knows Just What He Is Doing—I’d Not Bet Much On Paul Ryan Getting The Better Of Him

Above is a picture of Vice President Joe Biden campaigning in Ohio over the past weekend.

(A great resource to learn about the men who have served as Vice President can be found on the U.S. Senate Vice Presidential website.)

While this picture has attracted some national comment, it does not surprise me at all.

There is a popular conception that Vice President is a bumbler of a kind or prone to gaffes that hurt President Obama.

It is so that Mr. Biden sometimes says things that make news in a way that President Obama might regret. At least that may be the case if Mr. Biden’s comment about gay marriage earlier this year was a gaffe at all.

However, it also the case that Mr. Biden is a man who was elected to the U.S. Senate at age of 29 in 1972, and who was selected among all possible contenders to be on the ticket by Barack Obama in 2008.

Mr. Biden overcame the loss of his first wife and his daughter in a 1972 car accident.

I saw Vice President Biden speak at the Hamilton County, Ohio AFL-CIO Labor Day picnic in 2011. Beyond the fact he gave a rousing hard-hitting speech, Mr. Biden also worked the crowd with skill.

He connected with folks and spoke to people as equals. I watched Mr. Biden talk to folks for maybe 20 minutes because he had people skills that were off the charts.

Here is a link to a New York Times story that says supporters of Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan are looking forward to Mr. Ryan getting the better of Mr. Biden when they debate on October 11.

(The Green Vice Presidential nominee is Cheri Honkala.)

Regardless of how you may feel about Mr. Biden or Mr. Ryan, I’d not bet much on the idea that Mr. Ryan will make Mr. Biden look silly or outclass him in some way.

Below are two pictures I took in Cincinnati last year of Mr. Biden talking to people at the Labor Day picnic.

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September 10, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. I think Biden is a good guy & means well, but sometimes he does tend to speak before he thinks. The Republicans are trying to find any way they can to demonize our side, so he needs to be careful.

    Comment by tlsmith63 | September 12, 2012

  2. I’d not bet much on the idea that Mr. Ryan will make Mr. Biden look silly

    Very true. It just comes naturally for Biden.

    I don’t think it will be anything major, like one of his hilarious-in-his-own-mind riffs on Indians.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | September 13, 2012

  3. tismith—Biden has gotten the best of them so far. I bet he’ll be a great advocate against Ryan.

    Matt—That does not seem to be a problem for the Obama-Biden ticket. They enjoy strong support among Indian-Americans.

    http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-05-06/us-canada-news/31596885_1_indian-americans-asian-americans-asian-american-pacific-islander

    Comment by Neil Aquino | September 15, 2012


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