Vice President Joe Biden is at it again.
In a speech this past week at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum in front of delegations from about 50 African nations, the gaffe-prone Biden referred to Africa as one country rather than a continent.
Said Biden: “If Africa’s governance and institutions can put its people in position commensurate with their possibilities, the sky is the limit… There is no reason the nation of Africa cannot, and should not, join the ranks of the world’s most prosperous nations in the near term, in the decades ahead.”
Last month, in an address to the National Urban League, Biden, a Democrat, tried to joke/pander that he wished one of his sons was a wealthy Republican who would pick up the costs of his retirement years.
A federal government employee since 1973, Biden said that “I should have had one Republican kid who’d grow up to make money… You know, so when they put me in a home, I get a window with a view, you know what I mean…”
It’s almost as if Biden might be suggesting in a manner of speaking that he is dead broke.
Joe Biden perhaps also forgot that his younger son Hunter, a lawyer, investment banker, and hedge fund executive, is a money maker. Moreover, Hunter Biden just by coincidence was recently appointed to the board of Burisma Holdings. The company is the largest natural gas producer in Ukraine, and this development has conflict of interest overtones, especially since it is actively lobbying Congress and the Obama administration about energy issues in Ukraine.
According to Time, however, “There is no legal barrier to prohibit Hunter Biden from working with a company that can be impacted by the policy decisions of his father, and the White House has maintained that the Vice President has not been influenced by his son’s employment.” Added Fox News: “American conflict-of-interest laws and federal ethics rules essentially do not regulate the business activities of adult relatives of those who work in the White House, and there’s no indication that the situation crosses legal or ethical lines. But ethics experts appear divided over the implications.”
The U.S. is giving Ukraine an additional $48 million in the short term, some of which will be spent on helping the country “enhance its energy security.”
Burisma also added Devon Archer to its board. Archer “works with Hunter Biden at Rosemont Seneca partners, which is half owned by Rosemont Capital, a private equity firm founded by Archer and Christopher Heinz,” reports the Guardian. Heinz just happens to be the stepson of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
The Guardian also noted that “Beltway ethicists seem to be mixed about whether [the Biden] arrangement is kosher or not. What is clear is that relatives of high-level American political figures have benefited from their ties for generations now. It’s practically a tradition at this point. ”
Biden’s other son, the attorney general of Delaware, is probably doing okay financially too.
Given the sweetheart deals that somehow find their way to connected lawmakers (including crusader for economic justice Hillary Clinton) and others in their orbit, it’s unlikely that anyone will have to hold a bake sale for Joe Biden as a retiree.
Separately, as The Inquisitr previously reported, a new book by Ronald Kessler claims that female Secret Service agents are offended by Biden’s alleged skinny-dipping habits. Kessler’s book also reports that Joe Biden spends about $1 million a year in taxpayer money flying to his Delaware home on weekends on Air Force Two.
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