OK, there have been enough of these by now to warrant their own recurring theme. Given their surprising frequency and the new focus on Joe Biden in the news, I just know this won’t be the last.
At a major foreign policy address Biden let fly this beaut:
“After seven years, in which our senior diplomatic personnel were not allowed to make a single contact with Iranians, the Bush administration realized the absurdity of its own policy and sent our leading diplomat to Iran,” he said. “The Assistant Secretary of State as he went to Tehran, sat down at the instruction of the President of the United States.”
FoxNews.com (via OpinionJournal.com) provides a Biden-to-Real-World translation:
In point of fact, the one “meeting” that has taken place was in Geneva, Switzerland, when Under Secretary of State William Burns sat in on a discussion between Iranian representatives and the other “P5 +1″ political directors involved in nuclear talks. The meeting, while a first, was not a negotiation; Burns was there merely as an observer, and had no formal role or talks with the Iranians.
So, point by point: Burns was not sent to Tehran; he did not go to Tehran; and there was no such instruction from the President.
Retroactively rounding up the Biden Gaffe Watch archives below the break.
So let’s round it up. In just the last week or so, we’ve had this, plus:
- FDR’s lost post-Depression TV address;
- Finger-wagging at Obama for a “terrible” anti-McCain ad (followed by a statement of “revised sentiments” after a stern talking-to)
- Telling a wheelchair-bound public official to “stand up” and be recognized;
- Jumping too soon to support the Treasury Department’s bailout deal, leaving Barack Obama without a good explanation to give to CBS’s Matt Lauer;
- Vowing (quite aggressively) to a supporter on the campaign trail that he would stand foursquare against any new coal plants in the U.S., even clean coal plants, which contradicts Sen. Obama’s stated position;
- Fudging a story about his helicopter being forced down in enemy territory;
- Remarking to a town hall audience that Hillary would have been a better VP pick than him (doesn’t matter if it’s true, it’s just saying it that’s weird);
- My personal fave: telling Katie Couric (with a positively predatory grin) that paying higher taxes is every American’s patriotic duty.
I tell you, if the New York Times were ideologically inclined, they’d have branded him “the new and improved Dan Quayle” long ago.
Man, now I gotta go back and tag/categorize all these back-posts under “Biden Gaffe Watch.” I know, I know, I should’ve seen it coming…