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As the text of Biden’s “Vote Obama and Die” remarks keeps trickling in,(I have yet to find the direct “girdle your loins” quote) the funniest part just reached me:

“I probably shouldn’t have said all this because it dawned on me that the press is here.”

Funny on so many levels! One of which being – I read and blogged about this several times, for days, and that “press” Biden was so worried still didn’t give up the whole text.

Not to worry, Biden! The press is your friend. You may let it be known that your administration will bring ruin and distraction on us, they’ll report about the price tags on Palin’s clothes. So, please, tell us more!

But this particular article actually asks the 65 million dollar question:

Why would our enemies feel the need to test an Obama and not a John McCain?

and offers a plausible answer:

Could it be that, as Biden said before joining the ticket, that Obama’s not ready to be president –“the presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training” — and that McCain is?

Then they ask another excellent question:

or debates?

What is it about West Coast fundraisers that prompt the two of you guys to let fly with the family secrets? In San Francisco, we learned Obama believes that bitter small-town Pennsylvanians cling to God and guns. In Seattle, Biden warned that Obama will face an international crisis in the first months of an administration. Heaven knows what we would find out if Biden let ‘er rip in Portland.

Don’t voters deserve to know this before Election Day? Please reply with the candor you demonstrated in Seattle and San Francisco.

I suppose candor = access – and that’s only for people with the the big bucks.

I wish Politico would have invited David Reinhard to their discussion today. He seems the first one to grasp the significance of what was said.

For 2 days now I have been able to watch TV without having to turn off, switch channels and swear in front of the kid. No ads on my TV. How about yours?

What happened?

Did anyone tell Obama how annoying those were?

or has he ran of things to say?

Poor Obama! having to fend these difficult interviews!

Reciting all the messianic nicknames given to Barack Obama, such as “The One,” “The Savior,” and “The Messiah,” NBC’s Matt Lauer, on Monday’s Today show, asked the Democratic presidential nominee how he will “manage” such great “expectations.”

I confess I didn’t see it as NBC is now off my remote control, bur Media Researcg Center tells me that

During an interview, aired in two parts in the first hour of Today, Lauer rarely hit Obama with a tough question, instead choosing to focus on campaign highlights such as all the recent endorsements for Obama from Colin Powell to the Washington Post. Lauer read from the newspaper endorsements, to get Obama to bash Sarah Palin. As for Powell, Lauer repeatedly pestered Obama to get the former Secretary of State to join him on the campaign trail as he eagerly inquired: “Do you then say, ‘Secretary Powell it would be great to see you out on the campaign trail over these next 16 days?’…Did you ask him?”

The page is full of bias examples, but as usual, NBC takes the cake.

here’s the direct quite of the end if that “interview”

LAUER: This idea that you are, “The One,” Oprah’s words.
OBAMA: Or “that one.”
LAUER: Yeah, yeah “That one,” John McCain’s words. People have called you “The Savior,” “The Messiah,” “The Messenger of Change.” The expectations have been raised to such a level. Some people say you’re partly responsible because of your confident attitude. If you are, as you just say, lucky enough to be elected the next president are you going to have to consciously manage expectations, during the first several months of your administration?
OBAMA: Yes. Even before I’m sworn in. Not in terms of what I think we can accomplish long term but I think it’s very important to understand that we’re not going to reverse all these problems overnight.
OBAMA AT A RALLY: God bless you! God bless the United States of America!


Much as Campbell Brown was worried about Palin’s rights as a woman to be eviscerated by the media, she needs to start now a telethon for Joe Biden.


(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – It might be surprising to some to learn that Sarah Palin is now talking to her national press corps more often than Joe Biden.

While the once silent Palin has taken questions from reporters that travel with her three times in the last week, Biden has not offered the same type of access to reporters who cover his every move on the campaign trail in almost two months.

As for comments that Biden made last weekend in Seattle about Obama facing an “international, generated crisis” in his first six months, Biden has said nothing more on the matter.

CBS kept count:

And to belatedly answer Biden’s question, it has been 55 days since he held a press conference. He has held two since being named Obama’s running mate.

Biden has also not taken questions from voters in a town hall style setting since Sept. 10 in Nashua, New Hampshire, when he told a supporter that Hillary Clinton might have been a better pick for vice president.

so now he is self censoring himself

He told Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show” that it was the reason he stays mum when greeting voters, hoping to avoid making comments that might be publicized and used against Obama.

“Look, I’ve made many a gaffe in my life, and I suspect I’ll make a whole lot more,” he told Leno. “But you do worry. You know, I was on a rope…you go down what they call a rope line. You make a speech; there’s four, five, six thousand people, and they line up and you shake hands. And everybody has, not everybody, a lot of people have cameras, and they have these little video phones…so I learned to just go, ‘Mm, mm, mm, mm.’ Walk down the line. I don’t say anything anymore.”

In the Washington Post commentary on the laste media study they say

But McCain’s running mate remains a media magnet, drawing three times as much coverage as the Democrats’ VP nominee, Joe Biden. He was “nearly the invisible man,” the group says, and his coverage was far more negative than Palin’s. That may be because Biden tends to make news primarily when he commits gaffes.

Or, it may be that th media goes out of their way to avoid covering his gaffes

Again the media showed their incredible bias by giving scattered coverage of Biden’s statements.

There were a few exceptions. On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” co-host Mika Brzezinski flipped incredulously through the papers, expressing shock at the lack of coverage of Biden’s remarks. Guest Dan Rather admitted that if Palin had said it, the media would be going nuts.


Biden’s gaffe (way bigger than known) gets discussed by Politico pundits – which, like in polls samples and other media commentary are 79% Obama supporters

William Easterly, NYU professor of Economics

Definition of a gaffe – when a politician accidentally tells the truth. “Not apparent that we will be right”? Of course, we hardly EVER know whether we have got it right until we see the results long afterward. It’s just not good politics to be so candid and humble.

But, professor: “gird your loins?” And whomever accused Biden of being “humble”?

Maurice Caroll of Quinnipiac

One of the delights in dealing with Sen. Biden is that he’s a stream-of-consciousness talker.

Always reassuring to see our pollsters are so unbiased. And that Biden’s stream of consciousness is so populated with nightmares

Diane Ravich from Brookins steps away from the pack of cheerleaders

The next part, however, when Biden called on the community to stand by the new President Obama, because “it’s not gonna be apparent that we’re right,” was the scary part. Does this mean that he and Obama plan to capitulate to threats or terrorism and that they hope “the community” will “stand with him,” even though their response won’t seem to be the right one? Does this mean that they foresee a showdown between Israel and Iran and the U.S. will remain neutral? Reduce…

What did he mean? Why is he calling on “the community” to stand fast despite appearances? What surprises are in store for us?

This was not at all reassuring, coming from the Obama team’s foreign policy expert.

Mind you, this was the part of the statement that was not publicized.

Ron Bonjean, GOP strategist gets closer

Having a vice presidential candidate cause a another high profile gaffe is one thing. Throwing bait into the news media for terrorists is irresponsible and alarming. What is scary is that Biden knows that Obama will not be able to handle crisis and is already asking for help to shore up this obvious weakness.

So there. I skipped Kerry and other pom-pom girls who didn’t even touch the topic at hand.

And I will add Kristen Powers from the New York Post as she makes more sense than all Politico’s gaggle:

Biden is teling us that, at a time when Americans need to feel confidence in their government, they will be going “Oh my God.” Not a great message.

Not a great message???? That’s it?

This is also an understatement though, as she is caught in the media bias topic.

I wish the media stops looking in the mirror for a moment and just reports what was said – entirely (which Kristen finally did). And let us conclude what Biden said:

You will rue the day you voted Obama

Not Your Sweetie