In what amounts to either a simple gaffe or an extremely ill-timed confession, Vice President Joe Biden declared at a campaign event Friday that he’s never been proud to be President Obama’s right-hand man.
At a campaign stop in Wisconsin, Biden talked about President Obama’s record, and about his faith in the POTUS moving forward into a hypothetical second term. Sealing the deal, Biden said, with passion:
“There’s never been a day in the last four years I’ve been proud to be his VP.”
Naturally, conservative bloggers were quick to shred Biden on the “proud” gaffe, which does make for a pretty convenient headline just days before the election. Still, reporters on-site defended Joe Biden, insisting that his “proud” gaffe wasn’t really a gaffe, we just didn’t understand what the VP was saying:
“Biden was not saying he doesn’t like being VP,” wrote Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein. “It was very clear to all the reporters at the event — and from the context — that he was expressing pride in his job.”
Of course, Epstein is right. Context, once again, is king. Though an exhausted (maybe even drunken) Joe Biden confessing that he’d finally had enough with the office of VP in front of a crowd of thousands would make great fiction, but the reality boils down to a simple slip of the tongue.
Still, gaffe-watch surrounding Vice President Biden is to be expected. Like GOP challenger Mitt Romney, Biden has made a number of curious remarks that the media has pounced upon. He accidentally blew the White House’s support for same-sex marriage before President Obama got a chance to announce it, in Florida last week, he asked an American man if he was Indian at a restaurant, and called Virginia Democratic Senate candidate Tim Kaineby the wrong name twice during a campaign stop in Ohio last weekend.
Anyway, here’s the video of Joe Biden’s “proud” gaffe. Let us know what you think: Is Biden saying “There’s never been a day in the last four years I’ve been proud to be his VP,” or is he saying “There’s never been a day in the last four years I ain’t been proud to be his VP?” Sound off below!