National

Biden strikes again

Vice President Joe Biden, Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Vice President Joe Biden, Wednesday, May 28, 2014 Colorado Springs Gazette/MCT

Speaking to students at Harvard University's Institute of Politics on Thursday, irrepressible Joe Biden couldn’t help himself when one senior introduced himself as the student body vice president.

“Isn’t a bitch?” Biden interjected, smiling broadly. “I mean, excuse me. The vice president thing? I mean whoa!”

As laughter ensued, Biden sought to set the record straight, saying he was kidding.

"I'm joking, I'm joking, I'm joking.,” he said. “Best decision I ever made.”

Biden’s remarks were decidedly more sober as he warned that “in a globalized world, threats as diverse as terrorism and pandemic disease cross borders at blinding speeds” and have “led to a number of immediate crises that demand our attention from ISIL to Ebola to Ukraine.”

Time reported that Biden during the question and answer session also criticized former members of President Barack Obama’s administration who have gone on to write “inappropriate” books about the White House.

Time said Biden disagreed with suggestions that the U.S. should have acted earlier in Syria, as former Secretary of State and likely Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta have suggested in recent memoirs.

And it said he called it “inappropriate” for former administration officials to write books while Obama is still in office.

“And what happened was—and their history will record this, because I’m finding that former administration officials, as soon as they leave write books, which I think is inappropriate. But any rate,” Biden said as the audience chuckled. “No, I’m serious. I do think it’s inappropriate. At least give the guy a chance to get out of office.”

Related stories from McClatchy DC

  Comments