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.
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.