Joe Biden: What We Didn’t Hear. . .

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This 3 minute clip has some pretty darned good stuff from Joe Biden.
— Steve Clemons

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3 comments on “Joe Biden: What We Didn’t Hear. . .

  1. Kit says:

    You forgot this part of his address. They attack us – we praise them
    “John McCain is my friend,” said the loquacious Blue Hen. “I admire John McCain. I know of no man or woman I have ever met that has more personal courage than John McCain. We have been friends for over 33 years. We have traveled together. When John was Navy liaison he staffed me for three or four years everywhere I traveled in the world.
    “Jill and John are good friends,” Biden said, referring to his wife Dr. Jill Biden, who had just introduced him. “Matter of fact there’s a best-selling book written about us called The Nightingale’s Song about John and some of his graduating class from Annapolis that references Jill and John in the book as good buddies.
    “She doesn’t like the reference,'” Biden added, “but John, John’s a great guy. John was staffing me in Greece. I was meeting with the Prime Minister Papandreou and we were supposed to go to this fancy dinner and Jill said ‘Do we have to go to this dinner?’ And John said, ‘No, no, no I know this great place for dinner.’
    “And there was a place literally down on the docks, where Zorba lived I think, and so I had to go to the fancy thing and I come back down and I find it, and we’re wandering through these alleys on the dock — you’re gonna get very angry at this Jill — but I walk around the corner and there’s these cement tables like down at the shore you know, the cement base ,the cement table, and I walk in and Jill and John are standing up on the table drinking ouzo dancing with one another, and I’m thinking, ‘I’ve never trusted John since then, Jillie.’
    “But he’s a great guy,” Biden said, “and if John called me today and said ‘Joe -,’ like when they went after John McCain, when Bush went after him in South Carolina with the scurrilous comments they made about his character, I called him and said, ‘John, where do you want me? I’m an Al Gore man but where do you want me? I will show up anywhere in America to testify to the kind of man you are.’ And he is a good man, he is a good man.”

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  2. pauline says:

    “Accountability For Bush Violations Of Rule Of Law? Maybe, Maybe Not…”
    By: Christy Hardin Smith Saturday September 6, 2008 9:30 am 10
    Have to admit, when the initial reports about the Biden statements on potential accountability for the Bush Administration on Gitmo abuses, violations of the rule of law and contempt for habeas and other human rights came out, I was skeptical. Because these days, it pays to be skeptical of pretty much any public statement from any official.
    Here’s how it usually works: public official says X, the media plays it up as bigger than it was meant factually. Public official then has to rollback the media spin, the other side gets their hands on it and blows it out of proportion entirely. More walk back ensues and then every side of the issue gets peeved. It’s no wonder most pols don’t open their mouths about anything of import these days if they can help it.
    Which made the Biden statement kind of intriguing.
    Howie wrote it up, pointing to some reporting on ABC. I had previously seen it in the TelegraphUK as well. Then, this appeared, sort of walking it back — but not in the usual way:
    Asked about the comment this morning on Fox News, Biden said it is Congress — not a potential Obama administration — that is investigating the White House.
    And he denied today that an Obama administration would launch criminal investigations against the 43rd president of the United States.
    “The Obama-Biden administration is not going to start off saying, “God, let’s go take a lot at what [happened].” The American people want to know what we’re going to do, not what happened.”
    I’d like to think that Biden means it when he says Congress is looking into this thoroughly. And that he trusts them to get to the bottom of criminal activity, and that a new administration’s DOJ would prosecute wrongdoing whose statute of limitations hasn’t yet expired.
    When we were at the DNC in Denver, I had a chance to speak with Sen. Leahy about the SJC’s efforts, and he was clearly beyond angry at what has happened with the DOJ’s reputation and the Bush Administration’s devastating impact on the rule of law. But he is one Senator, albeit a fairly powerful one, out of 100 — and, sad to say, too many of the others aren’t willing to risk sticking their necks out for justice.
    What I do not want? The same zombie criminals like John Poindexter, Richard Perle, Dick Cheney and their ilk rising from the Iran-Contra crypt to once again “serve” in government, recycling their retread cliches to line the pockets of their pals while they fear-monger our way to a worse, conservative tomorrow.
    And if there is no accountability? I fear that is exactly the future we can expect. Again. Haven’t we all had enough of this, yet?
    see —
    http://firedoglake.com/

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  3. PissedOffAmerican says:

    What we didn’t hear?
    From Joe Biden, the words;
    “lies”, “impeachment”, “accountability”, “treason”, “prosecution”, “war crimes”, etc.
    Making some vague comment about pursuing criminal investigations, then furiously back peddling when queried about the vague comment, doesn’t cut it.
    Either these posturing cowards stand for the rule of law, or they don’t. Apparently Obama/Biden “might”. Thats not good enough.

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