Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Joe Biden Unchained

"Joe Biden Pack" from the Obama Store

Romney wants to, he said in the first 100 days, he's gonna let the big banks again write their own rules. Unchain Wall Street!
They're going to put you all back in chains.
~ Vice President Joe Biden in Danville, VA

. . . the vice president was clearly using a metaphor to describe the devastating impact of deregulating Wall Street and the financial industry, as well as how Governor Romney’s policies would take us back to the same failed formula that led to the 2008 financial crisis – the same failed formula that benefitted a few, but crashed our economy and hurt the middle class.
~ Stephanie Cutter responding for the Obama Administration

After weeks of slanderous and baseless accusations leveled against Governor Romney, the Obama Campaign has reached a new low. The comments made by the Vice President of the United States are not acceptable in our political discourse and demonstrate yet again that the Obama Campaign will say and do anything to win this election. President Obama should tell the American people whether he agrees with Joe Biden’s comments.
~ Romney Press Secretary Andrea Saul

 For months, Speaker Boehner, Congressman Ryan, and other Republicans have called for the ‘unshackling’ of the private sector from regulations that protect Americans from risky financial deals and other reckless behavior that crashed our economy. Since then, the Vice President has often used a similar metaphor to describe the need to ‘unshackle’ the middle class. Today’s comments were a derivative of those remarks, describing the devastating impact letting Wall Street write its own rules again would have on middle class families. We find the Romney campaign’s outrage over the Vice President’s comments today hypocritical, particularly in light of their own candidate’s stump speech questioning the President’s patriotism. Now, let’s return to that ‘substantive’ debate Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan promised 72 hours ago, but quickly abandoned.” 
~ The Obama Admin response to Romney's response

I'm told when I made that comment earlier today in Danville, Virginia, the Romney Campaign put out a tweet, you know tweets, and went on the air, went on the airwaves saying 'Biden's outrageous in saying that - I think I said, instead of unshackled, unchained or - anyway, outrageous to say that, that's what we meant. I'm using their own words. I got a message for them, if you want to know want to know what's outrageous, it's their policies, and the effects of their policies on middle class America, that's what's outrageous.
~ Joe Biden via CBS News


In other words, when Wall Street is "unchained," the rest of America is "back in chains" — that is, back at the mercy of the banks. Hyperbolic? Yes. Demagogic? Yes. But it's a totally plausible explanation when you consider the context.
~ New York Magazine

Romney's campaign exceptionally thin-skinned. All year long they've cried and cried about what we can't or shouldn't talk about. Meanwhile, he can associate with all sorts of neanderthals, who think the President is everything from a traitor to the anti-Christ.
~ comment by Biloxi on Daily Kos

 Portraying Biden as an angry black man is just the strategy that I can see Mitt 2012 trying out for a few days.
~ comment by Inland on Daily Kos

 To be fair to the Romney campaign, suggesting that Wall Street should be regulated is, for them, the lowest of all possible lows. Good day, sir!
~ comment by bryduck on Daily Kos

Romney speak: "A new low"
Translation: "it really hit home".
~ comment by Quantumlogic on Daily Kos

Biden's Unchained Melody. . .
 ~ comment by 88kathy on Daily Kos

Rush Limbaugh on Biden's Remark
Romney, God bless the guy, is energized himself on these campaign appearances now. Romney is fired up. They've got standing room only crowd right now in Colorado to see Paul Ryan. This enthusiasm is great to see. You talk about the 2010 midterms, Wisconsin, I've had this -- and I've had it for a while -- this sense that our voters just can't wait to get these chains off and get to the ballot box. They want November to be here tomorrow and the Democrat voters are not like that at all. Look at who Obama picked. Obama picked a buffoon.
This guy, folks, I think this Ryan pick has really rattled Bite Me. He's out there in Virginia, (imitating Biden) "I think we can win North Carolina." While he's in Virginia he says that: "I think we can win North Carolina." He doesn't even know where he is.
. . . Stephanie Cutter, deputy campaign manager to President Kardashian, said of course we have no problem with Biden's comments about putting everybody back in chains. I mean, President Obama probably agrees with Vice President Biden. That's what she said. I just read it. Stephanie Cutter believes that Obama agrees with Biden. It's just a metaphor, but everybody knows that's what the Republicans want to do is put the black people back in chains. This is just a metaphor. We totally stand by these comments. They're just decent guys, Ryan and Romney, decent family men. They want to put people back in chains.
I'm sitting here, I just hate the fact this stuff gets rewarded. I just despise the fact that this stuff gets rewarded. And it does. It works. I don't know what percentage. Thirty percent of the country stands up and applauds when Biden says this kind of stuff. Now, the Romney people said this is deplorable. This is the bottom of the barrel. This is the lowest of the low. And the Kardashian campaign said: No, President Kardashian totally agrees. We stand by the vice president fully. Anyway, Biden's exploding. Something's gotten under his skin. Biden is a walking gaffe machine. He's out there letting fly. He's in Virginia saying (imitating Biden) "We're going to win. We're going to keep North Carolina in our camp." While he's in Virginia.

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