Is Vice President Biden embarrassing the President? (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)
From CNN's Jack Cafferty:
"Barack Obama throws Joe Biden under the bus" is how one British newspaper describes the president's little dig at his number two during last night's press conference.
President Obama was asked about the Veep's recent remark that even if the White House did everything right in combating the economic downturn, there's a "30% chance we're going to get it wrong." The president grinned a little, saying he didn't remember "exactly what Joe was referring to.” Smooth as ever, Mr. Obama went on to say that he wouldn't assign a numerical value to all this. But given the magnitude of the problems we're facing, no one single thing they do will solve all the problems.
But let's get back to the vice president. During the campaign, folks were always wondering what would pop out of Biden's mouth next. Biden has said "I never make any big, big gaffes”, but many would beg to differ.
Perhaps the biggest headache came in late October when his running mate suggested that Mr. Obama would be tested by an international crisis within his first six months in office, something the McCain camp seized on immediately.
And, it didn't end on the campaign trail. During their first full day in office, Biden joked at a press conference about how his memory wasn't "as good" as Chief Justice John Roberts', who stumbled over the president's oath of office. The president wasn't laughing, and Biden later apologized to Roberts.
Here’s my question to you: Is Vice President Joe Biden becoming an embarrassment for President Obama?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Levon from Redondo Beach, California writes:
V.P. Biden is not at all an embarrassment. The man speaks his mind. You, Jack, of all people, should be able to appreciate that.
Toni in Delaware writes:
An embarrassment? How soon we forget what we were stuck with for the last eight years: one Dick Cheney. Obama should start worrying about Biden when he starts shooting people.
Rod in Allentown, Pennsylvania writes:
Jack, Is this a trick question? Biden is a blithering fool and would be an embarrassment to anyone. The first of a number of miscalculations already by the Great One in the White House.
Tom from Las Vegas writes:
No way! People know Joe as a guy who hops around with his foot in his mouth once in a while, but he is a survivor, a patriot, a humanitarian, and a dedicated public servant, not an embarrassment.
Terry from Chandler, Arizona writes:
There is so much bad news I think Joe is a bit refreshing. His comments bring us a little laughter. Actually I think he should speak out more. Think about it Jack, a little Joe-speak every day would be uplifting.
Colleen from Charlotte, North Carolina writes:
Obama should have picked Hillary.
I've got a suggestion, Mr. Cafferty. How about they give him one of those earphones like the ones you and Mr. Blitzer wear when you are on air? I think that would help guide him if someone would be on the other end telling him what to say.
Conor from Chicago writes:
I'll still take him over Palin any day.