Because we aim to please, let us help with what you really need to know about the Rolling Stone interview … in 8 easy points.
1. When first asked to be VP, he declined. After discussing it with family, he agreed … if he could always be the last one in the room with Obama when meeting on key issues. Perhaps this request brings light to this Biden-ism.
“Folks, I can tell you I’ve known eight presidents, three of them intimately.”
2. If there is any question on John McCain’s transformation into a RINO, let these Biden words help you with that. Biden is “doing” events for McCain, and they’re working on their relationship. That sounds great and all, but where does that leave the citizenry while these two rekindle their bro-mance?
“Now, I love John McCain — I just went out to do an event for him. We used to be close friends, and we’re trying to get that back a little bit. Campaigns have a way of causing those things to wane….”
3. When asked about his relationship with Obama, Biden claims that Obama said it best when he said, ”We’re the ultimate odd couple. We make up for each other’s shortcomings.” Okay, so they make up for each other’s shortcomings … which then brings special significance to this statement. What are you telling us, Joe?
“I promise you, the president has a big stick. I promise you.”
4. The interviewer left the interview with the idea that Biden has plans of running for president in 2016. God help us, but we can’t say we weren’t warned. After all, he did give us this.
“My mother believed and my father believed that if I wanted to be president of the United States, I could be, I could be Vice President!”
5. On the fact that his personal approval of homosexual marriage (referred to as marriage equality) trumped Obama’s “evolving” stance … making it seem as if he “outed” Obama, he makes claim that Obama was the only one who did NOT give him crap about it. I’ve always thought Biden gives us a glimpse at what’s on the horizon because he generally lacks a brain-to-mouth filter. Seems this Washington Post reporter agrees, “This is why when Joe Biden talks, people listen. He’s bound to say something to make the president or the administration or both uncomfortable.” And as far as Biden’s profound words weaved into his outing:
“I think ‘Will & Grace’ probably did more to educate the American public than almost anything anybody has done so far.”
6. On the fact that the prez made him the point person. Still, he was unable to pull off gun control to the extent hoped for … despite having a supposed 90% of the populace supporting his efforts. Biden blames it on those other politicians who were too chicken to “walk the plank.” It has nothing to do with the will of the people of course. It has to do with those elected reps who had failed to “see the Lord” before Joe witnessed to them. Surely it had nothing to do with Joe’s resonating elegance in selling gun control. Let’s just refresh our memories.
“If you want to protect yourself, get a double-barrel shotgun. You don’t need an AR-15. It’s harder to aim, it’s harder to use, and in fact, you don’t need 30 rounds to protect yourself. Buy a shotgun. Buy a shotgun.” Parent Magazine
“Well, you know, my shotgun will do better for you than your AR-15, because you want to keep someone away from your house, just fire the shotgun through the door.”
“There is a whole new sort of group of individuals now…that never hunt at all. But they own guns for one of two reasons — self-protection, or they just like the feel of that AR-15 at the range. They like the way it feels. It’s like driving a Ferrari, you know.” MSNBC
7. When asked about his comments following the Boston bombings, where he referred to the two bombers as ”two twisted, perverted, cowardly, knock-off jihadis,” the interviewer asked if those kinds of comments tend to be off the cuff. Anyone who listens to Joe might wonder that about pretty much everything that comes from his mouth. No worries, Biden sets the record straight.
“No, I actually wrote that speech. I wanted to … make it clear that there is not this sort of gigantic, coordinated network run by Al Qaeda that has cells all around the country … and there’s no reason for us to jettison the Constitution and erect a police state in order to protect people.”
8. And finally, when asked about clean energy and the lack of progress and how much Obama would try to get accomplished from here on out, Joe makes no bones about it: There IS a plan.
“In the meantime, the president is going to use his executive authority to, essentially, clean up the bad stuff, encourage the good stuff and promote private industry moving in that direction.”
Check out the entire Rolling Stones interview if you wish.