“Don’t forget about me,” Joe Biden pleaded earlier this summer. With all the focus then on Hillary Clinton’s disastrous book launch, the Vice President wanted everyone to remember that he is standing by, ready and willing to step into the breach.
Or step into something, anyway. How could we ever forget Joe Biden? Remember how President Obama put Joe in charge of rooting out waste, fraud, and abuse in the Trillion-Dollar Stimulus bill passed in the early days of this administration? The President named his Number Two man because, “Nobody messes with Joe.” Apparently, Solyndra didn’t get the memo. This moss-covered Green Energy company went belly-up and took $535 million in taxpayer dollars with it. Solyndra is but one of the many failed or failing companies that messed with Joe.
The President promised to spend that huge amount on “shovel-ready” jobs. He even invented the term. Somewhat later, however, he had to admit “there really is no such thing as ‘shovel-ready’ jobs.” For a lesser fraud, Ivan Boesky went to prison. But whenever there is a mess around, you can rely on Joe to be there; he’s even shovel ready.
Then, of course, there was the famous scene in the White House’s august East Room at the signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010. Scene it was when the Vice President of the United States marked the occasion, forgetting he had been “mic-ed,” to say: “This is a big F—ing deal.” We had the Square Deal, the New Deal, the Fair Deal, so Joe Biden thought it was time for the big _______ Deal! Since that big, er, deal, we’ve learned that patients need protection from that act that is neither affordable nor escapable.
Joe’s history is not one we should forget soon. He goes way back. Entering the U.S. Senate as a mere stripling at 30 in 1973, Joe Biden was soon jetting around the world, meeting every world leader. That fact alone should give us pause. When French President Valery Giscard D’Estaing first met our Commander-in-Chief, Gerald Ford, in the 1970s, he turned to one of his aides and said: “Je n’ai jamais rencontrez un tel imbécile.” Which was diplomatically translated for us as: “I’ve never met such a well-informed American statesman.” Giscard must never have met Joe Biden!
Well, the leaders of the Kremlin sure did. Joe Biden spent his midnights in Moscow in 1979. There, according to the City Journal’s careful investigative reporter, Claire Berlinski, Biden let the KGB know that we didn’t really care about human rights. What the U.S. most wanted from the Communists was arms control. (Take that and put it in your Russian “re-set” bonnet, Hillary!)
Of course, the Kremlin bosses took Joe’s intelligence briefing at face value. They jailed hundreds of human rights activists and Jewish dissidents and then stonewalled our efforts at arms limitation for another decade.