Saturday, March 31, 2012

Yes, Joe, it would make my hair curl

Our friendly vice president-slash-national historian has taken a look at the history of the 20th and 21st centuries and found even more to praise in his boss.
Vice President Joe Biden today assured a group of campaign donors in Wisconsin that Republican criticism of President Obama’s leadership style doesn’t match up with what he’s witnessed firsthand.

“I’ve watched him make decisions that would make another man or woman’s hair curl,” Biden told the crowd of 150 inside the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee, according to a pool reporter on scene.

Biden, who has said he’s the last man in the room with Obama before a tough call, often attests that his boss has a “backbone like a ramrod.”

And today he said that mettle — and the “serious problems” Obama faced upon taking office — put the president in a class of his own.

“I think I can say … no president, and I would argue in the 20th century and including now the 21st century, has had as many serious problems which are cases of first-instance laid on his table,” Biden said. “Franklin Roosevelt faced more dire consequences, but in a bizarre way it was more straightforward.”

The vice president claimed that the complexity of the 2008 financial crisis presented challenges in a way the Great Depression of 80 years ago did not.
Oh, geez. Why can't he stop that befuddled idolatry. Yes, ordering the raid on Osama biin Laden was a good move. But was that more courageous than approving the D-Day landing which had a much greater cost if it failed? FDR in allowing it and Eisenhower in making that decision showed more courage than any moment of Obama's presidency. Yet Biden insists on regarding it as the "most audacious plan" in 500 years." It is so sick-making.

And Joe is mighty proud that he gets to be the last man in the room when The Man makes those dangerous decisions. Like encouraging the House and Senate to go through with their gimmickry to cram through Obamacare. And now facing the results of an unpopular bill that is costing way more than promised and set to raise the cost of health care for everyone. It sure would have made my already curly hair curl even more to have witnessed that. Or as he approved his $800 billion stimulus than any intelligent analysis would have predicted would be a failure because shovel-ready projects just aren't as shovel-ready as The One thought. Or maybe being able to witness Obama's decision to ignore the recommendations of his own debt commission and to do nothing about rising, almost insurmountable fiscal problems arising from our unsustainable mandatory spending. Or perhaps it would have been swell to have been in the room when Obama turned down the possibility of a grand bargain last summer for tax reform as well as raising the debt ceiling.

I suppose Biden just can't help bloviating about the greatness of his boss since it makes his own existence seem more historic. But why insult his audience's intelligence by making such claims about the tough decisions that Barack Obama has faced in his time in office? No one, even Obama's more fervent admirers believes this level of brown-nosing grandiosity.

Look, we know that both Obama and Biden are history-challenged. I just wish they'd stop rubbing our noses in their own ignorance.