Should White House apologize for Biden’s ‘chains’ comment?
August 15th, 2012
12:58 PM ET

Should White House apologize for Biden’s ‘chains’ comment?

By CNN’s Jack Cafferty:

President Obama isn't backing away from Joe Biden's comments about putting people "back in chains," which is pretty remarkable when you think about it.

Speaking to a predominantly black crowd yesterday, the vice president said Mitt Romney's vision of regulating the big banks would quote "unchain Wall Street" and put "y'all back in chains."

Biden said this in Danville, Virginia – a city with a long history of racial tension.

He later tried to clean up after himself by saying he was referring to the Republicans' use of the word "unshackled" when talking about banks. It was too late as he had already caused a firestorm.

Biden has a long history of saying dumb stuff. What's alarming here is the nation's first African-American president is OK with this kind of language.

The president's deputy campaign manager told MSNBC she doesn't think Biden went too far when taken in context. She said, "We have no problem with those comments."

This is the same kind of insensitivity the president showed when he said "If you've got a business, you didn't build that."

Romney is blasting Obama, saying his campaign is all about "division and attack and hatred." The Romney campaign calls Biden's comments "a new low." Hard to argue with that.

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani questions whether Biden has the "mental capacity" to handle the presidency.

Often times what Joe Biden says is entertaining and can be written off to be putting his mouth in motion without engaging his brain. But the comment about putting people back in chains is loaded with racial overtones and is a long way from being cute.

It should have been embarrassing for the nation's first black president.

But apparently it wasn't.

Here's my question to you: Should the White House apologize for the vice president's remarks about putting people "back in chains"?

Tune in to "The Situation Room" at 4 p.m. ET to see if Jack reads your answer on the air.

And we'd love to know where you're writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

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  1. Ietanza

    I do not feel as if an apology is necessary; because during the republican presidential debates there were several racial and demeaning comments made by the republican candidates including Romney. It seems as it they are so out of touch they cannot every comprehend that the remarks are hurtful and racist. If they would stop taking democratic comments out of context they would look at lot more credible.

    August 15, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
  2. EdfromMD

    Yes since it was their own people who put them in chains then sold them to other people. And it's Obama who is buying people with welfare checks and creating their chains out of federal debt.

    August 15, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
  3. Jay Saro

    What the Vice President said was nothing more than saying, "it's hotter than a whore in church." Does it really get hotter when a whore enters a church, no? Does the VIce President really mean that we, or anyone, will be forced back into chains, no. It is quite insulting actually for anyone to belief or even suggest that this liberal hawk would think anything of the sort. The real question, I believe, should be: Should Romney be allowed to carry on with his falsely proven welfare claim on the campaign trail? Oh I can answer that too, no. I am not a liberal,rather a Libertarian, and even I think what Mittens is doing is a deep deep low, cultivating a sense of falsehood and fear in the trenches. Am I allowed to say trenches?

    August 15, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
  4. jk in MN

    When the GOP apoligizes for their offensive comments....in other words no they shouldn't.

    August 15, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
  5. anderson

    the GOP should rather be ashame of promising to unshackle regulations and policies aimed at overcoming the slavery our parents and grandparents went through.

    August 15, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
  6. Tisha Ballard

    No....Joe spoke the truth in response to what will happen if Romney/Ryan win in Nov. Not only will we regress back to chains as a black people....but as women we will regress to being barefoot and pregnant, continue to receive less pay for equal work and who knows eventually lose our rights to vote...

    August 15, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
  7. David R Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    Jack,its not what I think nor right or left.This guy has been a wreck-less bully forever and nothing has changed

    August 15, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  8. Doug Ericson

    No, for two reasons, One reason is in support of His Excellency, Joe Biden, and the other reason is severly critical of the Obama Administration, but still not a condemnation of His Excellencies, remark. I saw a tape of the remark on cable news, and my first impression was the remark was a metaphor for the financial constraints an unchecked Wall Strret puts on most citizens. Every penny Wall Street steals is a tax on the average citizen. And since when have the poor not supported the rich on their backs. It wasn't untill the Romney pundits kicked in with their spin, that the illusion of race even entered my mind, and I rejected the notion immediately. The other reason is simple. Obama and his gang of nitwits, have done zero to check the misguided and economically dissasterous shennanigans of Wall Street. I doubt Obama even knows what a Mortgage Backed Security is because he has never mentioned them. Wall Street owns both of the candidates in this election, so don't expect any help from either candidate in curbing Wall Street ever. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    August 15, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  9. Dave - Phx

    No, the only way the GOP could get any more to the right is to reinstitute slavery, and they are doing that in the form of corporations takng over our country and dictating our lives.

    August 15, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  10. James Gonzalez

    Only if the Romney/King/McDonald/West/Issa shall I go on? They must all apologies first...because Republicans have been making comments with overtones for quite sometime...

    August 15, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  11. BillieJo

    No need for an apology, I've heard that (and the term shackles) from both sides & is a familiar term used in many instances, Biden wasn't referring to "slavery" he was referring to our having been chained or shackled to Wall St etc as had been claimed before. I feel the news media and the GOP jumped on it to tryy and turn it into something it wasn't. That the GOP even thought of it in that way says something. Biden is not a kid so he'd be more accustomed to using the term "chained" as opposed to "shackled" anyway. Things getting pretty desperate when we jump on something this menial. TY Jack Love your stuff!

    August 15, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  12. John from Alabama

    Jack: No way!!! Banks put people in chains every time they issued a credit card, and then went about changing rates and rules on their cards. Banks need regulations or you and I will be screwed. Consumers are the backbone of this economy, and banks made bad investments, which put people in houses they could not afford. Banks did not make investments they made bets. Bets are made at the horse track, or casino, not at a bank. See why regulations are important and needed, It is so the consumer will not be put in chains by banks.

    August 15, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  13. Jerry

    A one-word answer to your question, Mr. Cafferty, presented in an interrogative: "Why?"

    August 15, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  14. Gary H. Boyd

    Joe Biden has a classic case of "foot in mouth" disease. If the White House were to attempt to apologize for everything the guy says, there'd be no end to it. While "King Obama" is addressing the peasants in one part of the country, "Court Jester" Biden is entertaining them elsewhere. But, his "back in chains" line really was just plain dumb.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    August 15, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  15. Rob

    Not really. Anyone who doesn't realize that this is a metaphorical comment really should shut up and go back to finish their GED. And if you're surprised by this commentary from Biden, you need to stop watching the Kardashian's and pay more attention to who we're electing in this country...

    August 15, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  16. LaVina

    Good Grief, was that a all black audience? depends on if you are left or right, anything can be misconstrued and twisted to fit whatever a person wants. I'm sure majority of people listening knew what the reference was, if he had said shackled then would this even be an issue?

    August 15, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  17. Bob D Iowa

    Should all of the political office holders apologize for their disgraceful behavior for the last 4 years?

    August 15, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  18. Nancy Pharr

    In a word, yes. a new low for the obama campaign just went we thought that they couldn't go any lower. who in their right mind can take them seriously anymore? they are just saying and doing anything to create a distration to avoid talking about the economy and joblessness – the numbers don't lie. At the debates, obama/biden won't be ablt to avoid talking about the economy, and ROMNEY/RYAN are going to put them on the spot for answers – too bad for obama/biden that they have no answers and have run out of excuses. ROMNEY/RYAN 2012! Nancy from Alpharetta, GA

    August 15, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  19. Charles, Lansing, Michigan

    Why should it apologize for the truth. What Wall Street has done to everday commerce has absolutely put chains on the people of main street.

    August 15, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  20. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Well yes, by resigning. I don't believe a President/Vice President has made such Crude remarks since Harry Truman.It appears that the Obama Adminstration is getting desperate.

    August 15, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  21. Al from Orlando

    No! He was using the statement to indicate that most of our citizens have nothing of value and still have the same
    national debt yoke as the wealthy even though they consider it a burden for the poor who have to beg using
    social security, medicare and food stamps hanouts

    August 15, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  22. Think for yourself in Ok

    The only party wanted to enslave the American people is the Liberal Progressives who believe the know how to run your life. They are just like the KGB in the former Soviet Union.

    August 15, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  23. Think for yourself in Ok

    And to answer the question, NO. He meant to say it. When you get kicked by a mule, just consider the source. Biden is a goofball.

    August 15, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  24. David of Alexandria VA

    well, someone should. The video shows this to e a very deliberate sound bite and not a "Joe being Joe" kind of slip of the tongue. There are a lot of Americans who would take the "in chains" term as a racial reference. To those people, the DNC or the White house should apologize. To the rest of us, the phrase was just another ideological outburst largly lacking substance in fact. Maybe they shold appologize to us as well.

    August 15, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
  25. Larry in Houston

    Should the White House apologize for the vice president's remarks about putting people "back in chains"?
    Short Answer : NO
    Practically everyone already knows Biden and his constant gaffs. If you think about it, ever since the mid – terms, to be perfectly honest, Congress has put Obama "in chains" ( so to speak ) In other words, They are aren't letting Obama do anything, they are doing the "No" thing, everytime Obama wants to do anything, and that's why there's a stalemate & gridlock in Congress.

    August 15, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  26. Jeff In Bishop, Georgia

    Mr. Cafferty, the stuff that comes out of this dullard's mouth is pure comedy. I wish we could make Biden the Buffoon the permanent VP... kind of like being the all-time QB in a game of touch football.

    August 15, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  27. Brian Samuels (Chicago)

    Apologize to who Jack? Romney and the Republicans? Who are systematically passing voter suppression laws across this country that disproportionally effect the voting rights of minorities and those who generally vote Democrat. Apologize to Republicans who want to make voting more difficult for minorities since the Voting Rights Act of 1966. Republicans want to take us backwards Jack. And most minorities, especially African-Americans, knew exactly what Joe Biden was talking about. It's about losing rights. As an African-American, I don't think Joe or the White House should apologize for talking about something Romney will never understand.

    August 15, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  28. Tom in Desoto, TX

    There's no reason to apologize. While Joe Biden has often "misspoke" what is the problem of telling the truth? If I say that people who quit school will have a more difficult time in life, generally that's true.

    August 15, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  29. kerrick s--South Carolina

    Why should he? I for one agree. As a black man I feel we are way too sensitive to any analogy of slavery. This one fits. Anyone who wants to disagree try raising 3 young kids and provide for a household on less than $50,000 a year. You either work so much you never see your family or you struggle so much you can't enjoy life. Either way you're not free.

    August 15, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  30. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Wow Jack if the Whitehouse did that then they would also have to apologize for putting a moron on the ticket for vice president. They knew what they were getting with Biden and they also knew what he was going to say so it is no surprise. It is a ploy to get you to talk about Biden and not Ryan. Remember Jack, when your talking about Ryan and Romney your not talking about Obama and Biden. The media attention is all they want and the democrats do not care that it might hurt racial relations. Their entire campaign is about hate and blame. That is just text book democrat. As president your suppose to be for all Americans not just the middle class and the poor. Obama and Biden never learned that.

    August 15, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  31. Al from Orlando,FL.

    Ryan is a seed born and raised in Washington. Rommey evolved from something named Bain. Chain probably
    comes from China. Joe was trying to get the attention of voters most of who are chained to poverty and chained
    to vote for more poverty. How low can you go?

    August 15, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  32. Al from Orlando,FL.

    Like my comments, The Biden truth is awaiting moderation

    August 15, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  33. Phyllis G Williams

    Should the White House apologize for the vice president's remarks about
    putting people "back in chains"?

    The Whitehouse would only be apologising to the people who still have chained minds.
    If your mind is still 'in chains' words like that will affect you, so the
    VP shoul remind them to get free minds that cannot be chained because
    " If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed" (John 8: 36)

    August 15, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  34. Loren, Chicago

    Normally, I would just assign the statement to rhetoric, but given how the Obama campaign has been pitting one segment of society against another, the comment seems part of a calculated pattern. I would not expect an apology when the comment is so calculated, but I wish it would open people's eyes to the cynicism and hypocrisy at the heart of Obama's campaign strategy. While we wait for implementation of regulations for financial reform, while we wait for possible indictments from the mortgage industry scadal, while we wait for the economy to improve, the Obama campaign continues to blame everyone else for the failure of its leadership. I can understand why "change" is not part of its slogan this tim around, because nothing changed, and now we truly do need change.

    August 15, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  35. Mel - Houston

    I guess the proper cliche' here would be "Do as we say not do as we do".

    August 15, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  36. lou

    I don't think he meant it literally, however, I've no doubt there are quite a few far right republicans who would love to be able to go back to the old days of racial superiority. Why don't you guys run a poll on that? I would be afraid of the results.

    August 15, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  37. Brad, Portland, OR

    Only if Romney apologizes for lying about no longer requiring welfare recipients to work, or the $700 million "cut" to Medicare that's really just a lower growth rate. Or calling Obama "unAmerican," and so on.

    Romney and his SuperPACs have engaged in a lot of lying, and a lot of negative, gutter speeches and advertising.

    This campaign is one of the first times that a Democratic campaign has engaged in some of the same negative tactics that Republicans are famous for, and I think the Republicans are stunned that it's happening. And so are the Democrats, quite frankly :-).

    Unless Romney's willing to apologize for all of his negative ads and speeches from the past, and promises to stop doing it in the future, it's pretty hypocritical of him to be demanding apologies from other people.

    Constantly demanding apologies not only makes Romney look hypocritical, but thin-skinned and weak.

    Will Romney demand apologies from al Queda next?

    August 15, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  38. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    What's the difference between shackles and chains? No because he's right. The GOP is for the rich and mainly white guy.

    August 15, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  39. Annie, Atlanta

    Why is it that the GOP can lie, cheat, steal, engage in criminal behavior that is unbefitting public office, and in the case of Romney mince the President's words to say something totally different than the original intent, yet when Biden gets out there and calls out these blatant racists for what they are the screamers on the other side call foul. Go Biden – and go Harry Reid. Finally some dems who are giving these guys back and little of their own medicine. It's refreshing.

    August 15, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  40. Mark in BC NV

    If a Republican had made the same comments, Pravda (CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, NPR) would have been all over this metaphor. But since it came from a Lib/Dem, he gets a pass. Typical byist in the main-stream-media press. This is why I listen to talk radio because she/he wants you to think about the issues, unlike the garbage coming from these once "proud" news organizations who are basically a platform for Democratic Plantation party's newspeak!

    August 15, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  41. Joi Gibson

    Oh please, why should he. Anyone with any ounce of sense knew what the Vice President was saying. The Romney campaign needs to quit whining. When they stop questioning his birth and saying he has foreign views, then we'll talk. Until then, this faux outrage is hypocritical to say the least.

    West Palm Beach, FL

    August 15, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  42. Vicki in Dallas, Texas

    It was a response to Boehner's "shackles" comment.

    "Just think what could be achieved if Washington started being part of the solution instead of the problem and took steps to liberate the world’s greatest economy from the shackles of big government.” John Boehner, April 5, 2012

    Maybe they should just all kiss and make up?

    August 15, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  43. Sarah/Dumfries,VA

    Vice president Biden was 100% right,don'these idiot,racist,liars Republican/Teaparty say worse things than that to Obama?then they turn around to call Obama hateful,is it not the opposite &by the way what's that voter ID law about?

    August 15, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  44. Doreen Augusta, Maine

    While I would have worded it differently, I do believe that if Romney-Ryan are able to implement their policies, we will once again have poor houses and debtor prisons.

    August 15, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  45. D from NY

    Why should the White House apologize? Biden shot off his mouth.......again. Biden should apologize. Abraham Lincoln once said, "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."

    August 15, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  46. JD in NH

    Right after Republicans apologize for similar remarks over the past year. This is more faux outrage. Remember the horror expressed by Republicans about the "unpatriotic" use of the word "war" when used in the phrase "war on women?" That lasted for as long as it took people to get to the google and discover all the Republican "wars" on just about everything.

    August 15, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  47. wayne, va beach, va

    They should, Jack, but this administration only apologizes to foreign countries.

    August 15, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  48. Baby in Florida

    What ever happened to free speech? Like, "Merry Christmas". Just sayin'.

    August 15, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  49. Reggie53

    I think Obama and Biden should apologize because if Romney or Ryan had made those same remarks we would never hear the end of it. We would be hearing that these remarks are racial but I suppose because it is a democrat that said those words we will not hear anything from the mainstream media or even CNN demanding that an apology should be made. This goes to show how one-sided the media reports their news. We would have been hearing it all day on NBC/CBS/ABC/MSNBC and CNN if those were words had come out of a republican's mouth. Shameful!!!!!!!!!

    August 15, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  50. Mickey

    NO! Even though all the political pundits and news anchors are jawing over this, give me and other African Americans a break. We are not ignorant and understand the context of the conversation. The only chains we as a society is wearing are the financial chains being issued by uncooperative politicians in Washington, D.C. They possess the keys, but they refuse to unlock the locks.

    August 15, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  51. Patsy

    Sure, Jack, after:
    Santorum apologizes for saying "they will put you in chains called Obamacare and you will never break free", or
    West apologizes for saying Obama "wants Americans to be his slaves", or
    Romney apologizes for saying Obama is waging a "campaign of hate and racism", or
    Bachmann apologizes to Hillary Clinton's aide, or.................whew, the list is exhausting.

    August 15, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  52. Richard Oak Harbor, Wa

    Joe Biden's comment simply made an opposing metaphorical reference to the GOP call to "unshackle Wall Street regulations" which Democrats have included in their campaign agenda. Financial reform became necessary because the honor system of self regulation had been so abused by greedy Wall streeters that the middle class has suffered an epic financial loss from misplaced trust in money managers. Democrats want more regulation, Republicans want less. Joe Biden is not the problem.

    August 15, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  53. leicheco

    No! Romeny would be apologizeing everyday if he were called his hateful remarks that are mostly lies. He is going to lose the election because even if he tells the truth, people don't believe him.

    August 15, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  54. wahela

    No, that's Mr. VP doing what he sometimes does. It should be taken in the way it was meant by him. He reminds me of some of those old baseball players, "That's deja vu all over again!" LOL

    August 15, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  55. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    No, he was not race baiting, he was quoting Marx. Its about time someone did!

    August 15, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  56. calaurore9

    No. Let Joe be Joe. He's always off the rails, no filters. But he's authentic. Refreshing.

    Carol in Northampton, Ma

    August 15, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  57. dondijon

    From:Unincorporated Alaska U.S.A.

    Gee Joe, It Seems [American] History teaches the rest of us that it was the "Democratic Party" prior to the US CIVIL WAR That faught tooth and nail against the ABOLUTION of Slavery, what do you suppose that means???

    It sorta points to the fact that it was The GOP that removed those very chains of wich You Speak, although You have absolutely no room to do so.

    August 15, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  58. Ken in California

    Be real, there are many who would like that to happen. Why apologize to the racists, especially some of those in Congress.

    August 15, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  59. George in PA

    No. That would suppose someone actually took him seriously and cared what he said. It's all hyperbole for the election campaign.

    August 15, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  60. Paul Austin Texas

    No we all need to listen to what was really said. In addition he did make himself clear about the making fun of the republican term break the shakles on Wall Street. All of us seem to be to soft shelled anymore and crabs at that.

    August 15, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  61. chris

    yes apoligize for the damage they caoused the last 4 years

    August 15, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  62. Lee Ernst

    Part of me says yes however, the other side simply states "if the White House acknowledges every bloop the VP has said it would only make life very difficult for them". It would be better if they just muzzled him and put him on a very short leash.

    August 15, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
  63. Ed from Texas

    No, because Joe Biden is not a racist. And I'm not saying every Republican is a racist. But if you are a racist, you probably vote Republican. That's why they still use the "Southern Strategy" and rely on "dog-whistle" politics.

    August 15, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  64. ken from connecticut

    Why should the WH apologize for a miss spoken statement??? Who can make such a blunder as that? It makes me think what really is in the heart of this guy. I'm sure the president will have a private chat with him about this. If Joe stepped down and Hillary took his place on the ticket, it would seal the election for the Democrates.

    August 15, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  65. Rich McKinney, Texas

    They have absolutely no intention of apologizing for anything. Dividing the country is what they are good at Jack. When after almost 4 years you have no accomplishments of your own to speak of then all you have left is to be divisive and conquer. Instead of bringing the country together the democrats are dividing it bit by bit.

    August 15, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  66. Sandy B

    If by "The White House" you mean Biden himself, then yes. he should. It was out of line.

    August 15, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  67. Thom Richer

    No. Shakespeare's right again..."Much ado about nothing." Biden was speaking in terms of "economic" chains. No racist intent or reference. Why the inference he did? The Right, (what a misnomer there) is merely grasping for straws. They attempted to throw Romney a life preserver in Ryan but he turned out to be an anchor. So straws are all he has left to grasp. What Biden said is the truth. It can't be denied so why try to spin it? We are all dizzy from the Right's spinning everything they can. Have you checked the crowds at Romney's and Ryan's rallies? About as white as the shirts they they wear. From the looks of things, and the emails I get from my Republican friends, their campaign slogan should be, "White is Right."


    August 15, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  68. Beth

    Yeah they should apologize when the GOP apologizes to President Obama for saying he is un-American, a liar, connected to Muslim terrorists, not an American citizen...need I go on? This is just sickening. The GOP can drop the word shackle and no one says a word. Did Michelle Bachmann apologize to Hilary Clinton's aide? Give me a break.

    August 15, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  69. Frances

    Absolutely not. The tea party R's are such hypocrites...they just used the word shackles (shackles usually are chains) against President Obama recently. Do they have such a short attention span they can't remember the terrible things/lies they said about our President from day one. Not a citizen, born in Kenya, other, liar, blood on hands, Marxist, Communist, Muslim, hates America, and "show me your birth certificate." And so much more. The R's should be ashamed of the lies. And, Romney show your tax returns like your father did, and all presidential candidates have.


    August 15, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  70. Jenna Roseville CA

    Should the White House apologize for the vice president's remarks about putting people "back in chains"?

    WHY Jack,

    It was the Republicans that first coined the phase of being in chains and did they apologize? NO

    What is good for the goose is good for the gander, right Jack?

    Roseville CA

    August 15, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  71. Martha Brooks

    Definitely not! If Biden personally really thinks that, and says it, so be it. These guys have yet to learn how to navigate the cow pasture. Besides, most of us don't pay that much attention to politician's speeches or comments until the media hits us over the head with 'em (incessantly sometimes). On to some "real" news, please...
    Martha, Rew, PA

    August 15, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  72. james in greenville, nc

    No, Jack, no apology needed for saying the Republicans will put us in chains. But Obama/Biden do need to apologize for the chains they have already wrapped around us. I am not worried about new chains, only getting rid of the ones put on me since 2008.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  73. Frank Poynton from Los Angeles

    Absolutely not! It is no secret that the Republicans have done everything they could possibly do to tie up the hands of President Obama just to make sure he have only one term in office and to make him look like a failure. That is their primary objective. In my opinion their attitude was and continues to be "screw the country," and "screw compromise" for the sake of our selfish and myopic ideologue. Now these same people are crying foul over a remark about putting people back in chains? The actions Republicans have taken to pursue their agenda have spoken much louder than the words of Vice President Biden.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  74. Robert Speigner (Pittsburgh, PA)

    As a black man who was born and raised in Alabama, I'm not offended the Joe Biden thinks he has more 'black cred' than he actually does. I'm offended that Mitt Romney and the other Republicans are faking outrage and pretending to care that something is offensive to black people. They didn't do that when Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum lied—claiming that most food stamp recipients are black when most are white (Huffington Post, Jan. 19, 2012). They gladly join in racist name-calling; labeling President Obama the 'food stamp' president. That effort was not a one-time, off-the-cuff remark. It is an organized, planned, meticulously carried out and party-wide effort. Romney, now that he's the nominee and the head of the party has not condemned one person who has joined in that name-calling.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  75. Nurse143 in Shelton CT

    Jack anyone who thinks the GOP isn't trying to enslave the poor and increase burdens on the backs of the middle class to the advantage of those who need help the least is sadly mistaken. If Mitt can use unshackled and Joe can't reference the same chains – what is up?

    August 15, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  76. William Miller, Vancouver Wa.

    For the vast majority of Americans we are in chains. We are chained to make due jobs with no hope of a future characterized by the reality of the finacially elite. Most people work for minimum wage or close to it so that someone who has the audacity to be offended by some valid description of the reality most face, can live their lives in some luxury. We are those who provide the fortunes through our effort and in return we are allowed to survive. What would you call it? Who exactly would you say is suffering through this recession, the Ryans, the Romneys, the Senate, maybe the 2%? I don't think so, I find myself offended someone would try and turn the truth into a matter of race.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  77. John in Tampa, FL

    Bide'sn bizarre, racial comment was disgraceful. Whom other than Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Barack, or Michelle could have said the same thing and not been vilified? What skills and abilities does Joe Biden bring to the table as VP? Imagine him as President?

    August 15, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  78. David Doherty

    I don't believe he should apologize, I think he was right on the mark. I don't believe he was talking about blacks, I believe he was talking about all of the Americans that are trying to get by with the day in and day out job and trying to support their family. the chains he's talking about are the invisible ones that banks are using everyday to strangle main street which makes it impossible to get ahead.
    Dave from NH.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  79. Paul in NC

    Good grief, this is at least the 117th time since 2008 that Republicans have been outraged. That seems like an outrageous amount of outrage to me. It was a euphemism, a metaphor, a figure of speech. It pales in comparison to the invective that flows from the right wing talking heads on a daily basis. And you, Jack, should be ashamed of yourself for stirring this pot.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  80. Jake

    I'm an independent that voted for Obama last time, but there is no way I'm voting for him again. Like many, I drank the Kool Aid believing he was going to bring American's together in a way that would not only benefit the country, but also the world. Instead what I've witnessed is one of the most divisive, self serving Presidents in recent memory. It's possible I could have forgiven the fact the economy hasn't performed like he promised it would would after the stimulus. However, I can't forgive the fact that he failed to unite us the country the way he promised because he was more concerned about what he felt it would take for him to stay in power.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  81. Pascal

    Apologize? then Mitt and his republicans should apologize for putting us in this hole (recession) in the first place and turning surplus into deficit in 8yrs. Isn't it then fair that perhaps it might take us 8yrs to dig ourselves out of this hole? Its like saying the 99% should apologize to the 1%; because if you roll back and allow wall street to write their own rules without any kind of regulation, then the outcome will definitely be another recession. Its time we all joined the chorus and say 'FORWARD' not backward.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  82. Charlie Greco

    This man should not be a heartbeat away from the presidency.If you have followed his career,youll find this is normal for him.He thinks hes funny but almost no one but him gets the joke.They should put oversized shoes on him ,and a red ball on his nose.The man is a CLOWN.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  83. Jeff In Minnesota

    Good God we need to get off of this word parsing problem we have in this country. It's a VERY bad habit we have picked up from the lawyers. They are just words and he was trying to make a point. I may not always agree with VP Biden, but I do appreciate his candor and frankness. The Democratic version of Chris Christie. Move on Jack!

    August 15, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  84. bonnie from NJ

    I am so sick of everyone apologizing for everything they say or do. Why give a fake apology for something you meant in the first place, it is stupid. I know Joe is famous for gaffes, but to me he is more honest than most politicians. The republicans don't care about white middle class Americans, and anyone who is not white even less. I have to say I agree with what he said!

    August 15, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  85. Scott from Florida - @guileofthegods

    Well, as Romney was the only person who was offended, and he likes to say the president isn't American and foreign, and hates capitalism, I don't think ANYONE should have to apologize to Romney. He needs to stop being so sensitive and grow up. He can't be running the country if EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING offends him

    August 15, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  86. Andre R. Newcomb

    It's the "y'all" that is suspect . . . like it's generally assumed that "y'all" ain't FULL CITIZENS yet and it ain't goin' to happen. Y'ALL and noone else.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  87. scottw

    no apology necessary.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  88. TheZel

    the "y'all" ain't black this time; it's 99% of us.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  89. Alex

    Just because chains and black people are in the same room, it doesn't automatically mean they were referring something straight out of history. I believe the comment was more in relationship to financial chains. Banks making sure they keep their financial houses in order by making sure people play into their system. Sensitivity is great and all by at some point we need to collectively stop jumping at shadows.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  90. stacy100

    Yes, without question. What if Romney or Rush had said something like that. Al Sharpton would be going crazy!

    August 15, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  91. natedog

    The White House should absolutely condemn Biden's statement. It's amazing that the President–as well as the Vice President–stated just a few days ago that Romney and Ryan were "decent" and "good family men." How many "good" and "decent" men do these guys know who are planning to put chains on people based on their race? Utterly absurd and pathetic.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  92. Joan

    NO he should not apologize, this is what Mitt Romney want for you guys in the media to pick up on these stupid sound bites and not ask him about his taxes. Where is your tax return Mitt Romney.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  93. Richard White

    The 1% would love nothing better than to ensalve the other 99% to policies and programs that take redistribute wealth from the middle to the upper class.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  94. Steve

    Typical race bating by the demonrats. Instead of Obama/biden constantly doing character assassination on Romney, it would be nice to hear what they have planned for the next 4 years if re-elected. So far they have spent all their time talking about Romney. Maybe they should come up with a budget plan.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  95. nemo0037

    Biden could give that speech to ANY group of working class Americans, it would hold true. If banks and multi-nationals are given free rein to do what they want, they WILL put the workers into chains as surely as if they had a mountain or real metal shackles waiting just for the purpose. The Labor movement in America is dead, and the workers helped to kill it.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  96. Obama Fan

    the fact is Republicans would love nothing but to bring nack slavery and put us back in chains, at the very least they want us subserviant to the white machine, taking away voters rights in states, taking away funding from Education, not extending the Pell Grants, blaming 8 years of failed Bush Presidency on Obama. We will never get along unless we seriously sit down and have a serious discussion about how race effects all people

    August 15, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  97. maltob

    It's only okay because it was said by a democrat and supported by an African American President. If a republican has said it the outrage would be unending.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  98. Mike

    Why should the White House or Obama apologize? Biden said it. Biden needs to apologize.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  99. Bruno

    Yes... Absolutely... Can you imagine if a Paul Ryan said this? It would be all over the news and the media would be going nuts.... But because Liberal mindset it "do as I say, not as I do" it gets covered up...

    It's the same as the commercial showing Allen West punching white women...

    The bias is absolutely sickening.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  100. Wilhelm in Las Vegas

    NO. Rick Santorum made almost the exact same statement about "being in chanes" about the individual mandate in Obamacare. this is just more "false outrage" by right-wing Republicans. THEY can say ANYTHING false and inflammatory and NO ONE is supposed to call them out on it BUT IF a Democrate makes the SAME type of statement, it's supposedly "horrible"

    August 15, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  101. Terry in Virginia

    If we're supposed to overlook Mr. Romney's gaffes and Mr. Obama's gaffes, then I guess we should overlook it when Mr. Biden sticks his foot in his mouth AGAIN. However, it was a stupid and thoughtless thing to say.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  102. Illinoisan and Occasionally Proud Of It

    My friends warned me in 2008 that if I voted for McCain/Palin, I'd risk putting an intellectual lightweight and national embarrassment in power as our Vice President. Well, I voted for McCain/Palin, and I'll be darned if my friends weren't right.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  103. Jason

    Its all in the dems plan to do anything, cause any controversy in attempt to sheild themselves from the real issues Americans face

    August 15, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  104. Chris

    This comment was obviously racial and incendiary in nature. One of the worst political remarks in recent history.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  105. neocon13

    Maybe when Repubs start apologizing for "Obama is a Muslim", the birther nonsense, or any of the other lies they throw out there.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  106. marcus

    Love the faux outrage from the right.They are truly the best at what they do.No problem with mass voter suppression from these old boys I bet.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  107. Mr. D

    Anything to "buy" a vote. Obama's response kind of says it all. "Divide and conquer." Joe should stick to reading the newspapesr instead of history books while he commutes to work and plans his next speech. The only thing that should be chained is his mouth.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  108. Thorne

    This whole line of questioning is ridiculous and so PC it makes me reel. And yet the funniest part is that it's the liberals who always get accused of being too PC. Funny how well the conservatives are willing to try that shoe on it when it fits their talking points.
    Biden is notorious for putting his foot in his mouth, but I just don't think this is a case of that. He was responding to Mitt about the "shackling of enterprise". I'm so happy to see this is where we're choosing to take the presidential campaign ... and really I find this comment, "about division and attack and hatred," "designed to bring a sense of enmity and jealously and anger" from Mitt equally as offensive. So can we all just ... please. I mean really. This election is about a choice and it's an ideological one. Enough with the desperate bids to make "good copy."

    August 15, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  109. Gigi Oregon

    Absolutely not...This is what politics is all about. The media wouldn't want it any other way. What would you have to talk about. But, inquiring minds would rather talk about Romney's mean spirit. What awful remarks he has made about the President of the United States is inappropriate. I'm offended he calls himself a Christian. He has forgotten his many cheap shots. And personally as a conservative I'd like to see his tax records. I want to know if he has financially supported the cost of building a strong America a Nation of peace and prosperity. And not breaking Gods six and eighth commandments, whether in thought word or deed.

    I felt I was in "Chains" from a large bank when I developed a back bone and walk out carrying my money with me and went to a local credit union...I know what it's like to be "snookered". Gosh, I hope Joe doesn't used that word

    August 15, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  110. ends with space

    This article can't be taken seriously, because of the way you propagate the nonsense of "you didn't build that" taken out of context. As everyone who has looked into it knows, the President was saying that you didn't build the infrastructure, not the business itself. When you refuse to correctly debunk this particular Republican lie, it's no wonder that you will be equally dishonest in evaluating everything else.

    And "a new low" is "hard to argue with"? How about when Obama says "My opponent claims that X, but it's not true" and Romney airs an ad claiming that Obama said "X". This isn't the absolutely lowest possible dishonesty?

    August 15, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  111. Larrywp

    Yes. This is the Office of the President we are talking about here. Campaign or no campaign, the President of the United States ought have more dignity and sensitivity than to put out that kind of hate-filled message. If Romney had said something like that, Obama would be calling for his head.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  112. Bryan

    No, the White House should not apologize. As you've clearly noted yourself, "unchain Wall Street" is said right before "y'all back in chains." It provides clear context that Biden was referencing Romney's "unshackled" comment. Since chains as a reference to slavery would make no sense in the "unchain Wall Street" language, it makes no sense to imply the chains he was referring to later referred to slavery.

    It strains credulity that Republicans fain outrage over this comment while continuing to play on dog whistle politics as they have for the past 30 years.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  113. Jim - Charleston SC

    Absolutely not! Anyone with common sense knows he was talking about the middle class as a whole being put back in chains as we were at the end of the failed Bush era. And it is a joke that Romney is calling Obama negative and full of hatred abd being devisive when the reports CNN shows proves Romney is more so by double digits compared to Obama. The lies I hear from both but especially Romney and how they have intensified since Ryan came on board makes me shout and want to throw things at my TV.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  114. Mark

    Should the White House apologize for the vice president's remarks about putting people "back in chains"? No. however, both parties should apologize to the american people for sounding so hateful, iaragant, gnorant and pathetic. It's all so political, yet it's really 100% unamerican. We the people attack policies, not each other, at least that's how it's supposed to be. How very, very sad.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  115. S. Hutchinson

    Well, first of all, you're putting the 'you didn't build it' comment wildly out of context, which is what the Republicans have been doing since the President said it. It wasn't insensitive or discriminatory against businesses. It was making a point that society as a whole must be strong in order for individual businesses to succeed – something that no one can argue with. The fact that the only way Republicans can fight back against that is to completely distort what the actual quote was is very telling.

    Second of all, if you read all of Biden's statement, he says that the Republicans want to unchain the banks and put you all back in chains. It was his attempt at cadence and while I think his speechwriter could have done better, it's hardly a racial slur. Should he apologize? No. Why? Because we're all adults and if you see the complete quote, as those who were at the speech did, it's clearly not what conservatives are attacking it as.

    All I want to hear are the facts. I want thinking people to come together and explore what each side is actually going to do, not what the out of context sound bite bumper sticker is trying to make it about. The media isn't helping, running (on both sides) to make every moment into a firestorm, trying to push headlines by creating controversy. And when either side distorts the context, instead of reporting what actually happen, the media on both sides of the fence pile on. Should the White House apologize? No.

    But I kind of think you should.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  116. Goldie Locks

    Apologize for what? Free Speech according to 1st Amendment. Whom did he offend? GOP Play Hardball if needed, but don't complain; when ball is in the "Strike Zone". Making people think you we should be playing "Tiddly Winks". Guess the truth hurts.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  117. Jeffrey Rose

    I don't understand why this is convroversial. Romney-Ryan policies are designed to enslave the 99% to the greedy desires of the 1%. The Republicans do the bidding of the ruling class and attempt to fool the masses into the false belief that their interests are being served when they are only pawns in their game.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  118. Mark in Houston

    Apologize...what for?

    The Republicans redistrict to their parties advantage, they limit health care to women and the poor , they do away with unions in order to limit large contributions to the Democratic party. In Republican strongholds they allow early voting for Republicans but not Democrats and develop all sorts of voter ID laws that they know will effect the Democrats voter turnout.

    Don't talk to me about "new lows " coming from the Democrats when the Republicans do everything they can to "shackle" the opposition.

    And Jack...the presidents comment "you didn't build that" was taken out of context and used by the media and Republicans to stir up unwarranted controversy.

    The Republicans need no apologies, what they need is moral character.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  119. Mary

    Why would WH apologizing for speaking the truth? VP was refering to "unchaining" Wall Street, no regulation which was part of the reason for the collapse of the economy. if anyone is divinding this country is Romney & republican liars – never wanted to see the economy frow under Obama, so, they can blame him.

    Romney should apologize to the people of this nation by saying what he hides in his finances are not our business & show his tax returns for the past 12 years.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  120. rjg

    It just shows a double standard exists. If Romney or Ryan says that all hell breaks loose. He should apologize.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  121. Jack

    I am a 64 year old Independent Conservative. It may have a little harass, but nothing compared to what has been said about President Obama.

    Those that want to bring back "Jim Crowe" rules under the diisguise state rights and there is a small powerful group in the Republican Party have said a lot worse.

    This small minority has taken over the Party and aligned themselves with the religious right.

    This will be the nastiest and who will be leading the charge, probably from the sidelines will be Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  122. thecannula

    Jack, when I googled "Biden's Racial Slur", I was taken to sites discussing his comments in 2008 about Obama being "clean and articulate", citing his theory for the reason then Sen Obama was captivating the American people. What's amazing to me is that no one in the main stream media is tying this racial slur- putting the audience back in chains- to Biden's past comments- bias?

    August 15, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  123. loucioccio

    The George W years of Republican domination brought us to a doubled national debt (remember he had a surplus), bridges to nowhere, Jack Abramoff and hand off the bankers and wall street, ill-waged war in Iraq (I am still waiting for the WOM. And worry about jaw jacking Biden saying chains well buddy the middle class is in chains because of the RepubliCrats (professional elected officials). Just remember Martha Stewart and insider trading but Congress just passed a law after she did her time when the public found they could do it.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  124. Dave, Kissimmee, FL

    Absolutely not! I rarely disagree with you Jack, but this is one of those times. The one thing you can count on from Biden is that he tells the truth. And the truth is that we are all in chains, and have been since 2000. I am no fan of Obama (anymore), but he will be worse than Bush, Cheney and the entire Tea Party if he backs down on this. What Biden probably meant to say was that there will be another set of chains on us on top of our current shackles. Just look around; only Wall Street, all major financial institutions and big business have freedom from any kind of regulation. The rest of us have had our constitutional rights shredded before our eyes, beginning with the decision to appoint Bush, then the Patriot Act, then the decision on eminent domain and finally with Citizens United. We can not sue any big corporation for anything and expect to win. We can only fight among ourselves. America as we knew it is but a memory.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  125. MarcNJ

    Even an idiot could see that he wasn't being racist, stop sensationalizing things that draw away from real issues.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  126. Colin Robinson

    Of course, the White House should apologize. In addition, Mr. Biden should be replaced on the ticket. There has been enough embarrassment for the President and for the Democratic Party. Think about the constant embarrassment we would experience if Mr. Biden became president!!!

    August 15, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  127. sonny chapman, Villie Platte,La.

    Exhale. Holding one's breath during a tantrum is unhealthy; especially in the Summertime.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  128. loucioccio

    The George W years of Republican domination brought us to a doubled national debt (remember he had a surplus), bridges to nowhere, Jack Abramoff and hand off the bankers and wall street, ill-waged war in Iraq (I am still waiting for the WOM. And worry about jaw jacking Biden saying chains well buddy the middle class is in chains because of the RepubliCrats (professional elected officials). Just remember Martha Stewart and insider trading but Congress just passed a law after she did her time when the public found they could do it.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  129. Mary Lou

    I don't think an apology is necessary but I'm sure the people who interpreted his remarks in a bad way will think so; to me the people who are offended assume that his choice of words were meant in a racial context; to me his meaning was meant in an economic sense, like being "bound, handcuffed or chained" economically to a bad decision detrimental to the listeners. Biden might be alot of things, but a racist he is not, and I don't believe that it was ever his intent to mean it in any other way; and it is unfortunate that some have interpreted his choice of words otherwise. Ashburn VA

    August 15, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  130. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    No, the White House should not apologize. Biden was right about Wall Street and the banks enslaving people. The "racial overtones" come not from the speaker but from many Americans for whom fears about race are never far from consciouness.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  131. William

    What is the difference between "unchained" and "unshackle" that the Republicans used in refurring to big bank thefts and the Republican push for deregulation?

    August 15, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  132. Nate Getrich

    Remind me to never read another article by Jack Cafferty. Jack, you are epitomizing what is wrong with journalists today. You are trying to create a biased narrative by stringing together unrelated sound bytes and ignoring context. Journalists should be the ones who dig into the context and try to bring news to the populace in an honest presentation. It is unfortunate that you've replaced journalism with punditry, my heart mourns the loss of the Fourth Estate.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  133. doug

    Any comment is racist if you want it to be.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  134. thecannula

    Why is no one making the connection between THIS racial slur and the one Biden made in 2008, explaining his view that the reason for then Senator Obama's popularity was that he was a" clean, articulate" black man? I guess it just proves media bias- imagine if Paul Ryan made those comments- actually, just think back to Palin's gaffes- seem to have been covered with vigor much greater than we see today- yup BIAS.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  135. john dooley

    Let's see if I've got this right. It's ok to say that regulations are " tangling job creators in red tape," but a similar metaphor cannot be used on selected other groups.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  136. Ann from Charleston SC

    If Biden had been talking about returning to slavery, yes the White House would have reason to apologize. We are getting just too sensitive, everyone is too "politically correct", and each side is much too quick to make an insult out of a remark. We should be discussing the issue of what happened when Wall Street had fewer regulations, allowing greed to lead us into this recession.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  137. ian orwin

    an apology? he should resign as he brings disgrace to the office.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  138. Phyllis

    I am a 64 yr old white woman, and when I heard that Biden said "put ya'll back in chains", I wasn't the least alarmed.
    I think I am quite sensitive to Afro-Americans, but I felt the remark was made to ALL of us, and was colorful, and was meant to quicken the sensitivities as well as to say a lot in a few short words.
    The Republicans saying that Obama is campaigning with hatred proves just how they have (deliberately)misunderstood his administration, which I think has been fair-handed, and inclusive of everyone. I heard a crowd booing when Pres. Obama offered congratulations for Romney's VP pick, and he told the crowd "no, no (booing), Paul Ryan is an honorable man, etc". Does that sound to anyone like hatred????

    August 15, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  139. Kathleen Phillips

    It is amazing to me that the crowd itself did not find it offensive. What an ugly way for Biden to even "gest" with them. Obama and Biden should engage the campaign as adults and run on their record and what they will do in the future. The Chicago style politics is really getting quite old and sickening to be honest. Our country has too many issues and it does not seem as though they take them very seriously. If that had been Ryan that said that, the intolerance would be heard around the world. It is especially hypocritical of Obama who has fed the race card at every opportunity. What a sad, pathetic, desperate, panicked ticket.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  140. Ted San Diego

    Mr. Biden was cynically and in a somewhat cumbersome way trying to stir up the black vote. Not so easy and I don't think the black electorate cared for that comment. Black voters are very savvy and they are carefully thinking over how much they should support the President. While they have been very patient they don't care for being taken for granted. And although Mr. Romney could have been more polished in his delivery to the NACCP many people respected his outreach. There will be many more black candidates, and many black people are considering their options, including the the republican party, and they are fully aware that they can wait this one out.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  141. ScottW - North Carolina

    Maybe you should apologize for keeping the out-of-context "you didn't build that" sound bite alive. Shame on you... that's not journalism.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  142. Marie

    There is nothing embarassing about the comment unless you take it out of context, letting it stand alone as was done with the business comment and with Romney's comment about the poor and about firing people. This pettiness is very tiring for voters. Media feeds it and will continue to suffer a loss of credibility. We have serious questions and need details. Obama: you may have plans for the middle class but how are you going to get the congress to work with you – is there a plan for that, because there should be one? Romney – what is your detailed plan to create jobs,and I need something more on debt reduction than quips about cutting PBS. If the candidates won't be serious, please Mr. Cafferty and co-workers – step up to the plate – don't salivate after this stuff! Make the candidates answer real questions. Be journalists, just one of you can set the example! I for one will be turning off the television after the conventions with exception to watching the debates.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  143. BrainTurnedOff

    What – are you now taking the Romney/Ryan side? Last year Romney told some unemployed people "I',m also unemployed". How sensitive is this?

    August 15, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  144. Cindy Garner

    Get real....white folks, black folks, native american folks and most every other race has had people in chains.......we keep prisoners in chains when they are being transported from place to place......to chain someone means to hold them in bondage or to restrict their liberty.........all he meant was that to free Wall Street would give Wall Street the ability to hold us in bondage...........isn't that what the 99% have been saying? Why does the media try to spin everything to make it sensational? Give up on this one.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  145. Nora H G Corpus Christi

    Really Jack? The media is really trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill again, wow what a shock.!, you all almost never do that. ZZZZZZZZZZZ!! I guess the silly season has started!!!AGAIN!!

    August 15, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  146. Lawrence Morris

    Come on Mr. Cafferty... All politicians speak in hyperbole. It's unfortunately the new dialect. Several Republicans referenced "shackles" during the 2011-2012 primaries and still are (see Sara Palin). Try this exercise: Google the terms "shackles", "speech", and "[insert your favorite Republican]". You will find plenty articles, excerpts, and references to the word "shackles". It was not controversial then. It is not controversial now when a Democrat uses the term. There are more important stories that you can report on. This is not worthy of being a news story. By the way – the "you didn't build that" quote was taken completely out of context by the Romney campaign and you just reinforced it by not lending it the true context. I'm disappointed in you. I've seen you do better.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  147. Jill

    As soon as the Republicans apologize for helping "the 1%" take (directly or indirectly) billions of dollars from the remaining hardworking Americans by deregulating all the banking rules that protected them since the 1930's and telling everyone to go out and "spend, spend, spend" after 911....then Vice President Biden can apologize!!!

    August 15, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  148. Barry

    Biden's statement was, as usual, over the top, and this time around, fairly off-putting. In retrospect, I'm sure he wishes he kept his mouth shut. Should he apologize? I haven't heard the GOP establishment apologize for four years of constant racial undertones (read, "Birthers"). So, no, I don't believe apologies are in order.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  149. Scrappyike

    Isn't this the equivalent to Ross Perot's 'You People' comment?

    August 15, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  150. todd


    JBiden is spose 2 b one ov da smartest (IQ) in congress/VP...
    It doesn't stop him from being the creaton he is...
    What would be gr8 is a montage of JB and BO gafes...

    August 15, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  151. Gayle Worden

    No. He should not apologize. It frankly, is ridiculous to think he should. It was a metaphor!!! Much ado about nothing is the new "reporting". MAINE

    August 15, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  152. Mike

    The White House should apologize, but won't. Biden was speaking from a tele-prompter. Obama knows Biden is a loose cannon so I'm sure Biden's speach had to go through the president first. Obama's plan is to throw out a sound bite that will keep the media talking about it for days or weeks instead of why we are not hearing about the real issues.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  153. Linda in Florida

    No. When you Cut Welfare, Cut Medicaid, Cut Pell Grants, Cut Headstart etc. The POOR will not only be in "Chains" they will all be homeless!!

    August 15, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  154. Norcal Bob

    Yes. Mr. Biden's statement was insensitive and unnecessarily inflammatory. He, not the White House, should apologize.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  155. Sara

    Jack – you are taking President Obama's comment out of context – the you didn't build that was referring to the roads, the infrastructure of America that allows businesses to operate – he is saying we are all in this together. Jack – you are obviously anti-Obama – you write things in such a biased way. Don't fall for it folks!

    August 15, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  156. todd in DC

    What's to apologize for? Wall Street gets away with stealing billions, and the little guy gets chained to his credit card bills and mortgage payments so he can never get out of debt.

    They are chains, but instead of being made out of metal, they are made out of dollars.

    Or do I owe someone an apology?

    August 15, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  157. Linda

    Apologize? For What? It's true. The truth ain't aways pretty but it's always the truth!

    August 15, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  158. Don OHIO

    If the Republican VP candidate said this the press would be calling him a racist and expecting his resignation, but since it is the Democratic candidate the comment will be tolerated.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  159. gg canada

    grow up america

    August 15, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  160. Ron WPAFB

    NO, it's metaphor, Jack, and a good one!

    August 15, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  161. Brian

    Seems like pretty much is fair game these days and honetly I don't even know why I read this article. I'm bored at work I guess. I'm not offended by anything in politics and really am just tired of both sides trying to exploit each other's obvious weaknesses for maximum gain. When I go home I watch Netflix or go for long walks. Please let this election be over.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  162. Rodney

    Why . Did he lie ? I'm black and I'm not offended at all . So I guess the REPUBLICANS has been saints when it comes speeches and what they say and allow their crowds to say about the President . I.e the birther movement ?

    August 15, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  163. Marcia Greenwood, IN

    No -the Republicans have called the Presdient everything-the Kenyan,qestioned his birth certificate,his right to be president, his loyalty, his love of America and tried to delegitimze everything about his presidency-and they have lied about what he said by splicing speeches and sentences and their faux anger of this just shows their desperation.It was clear to me that Biden was talking about the dereguation of Wall Street and its effect on the American economy-if they cannot figure that out it is because they do not want to.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  164. ZoeyKay - Nashville, TN

    Sure, just as soon as Rick Santorum apologizes for saying "They will put you in chains called 'Obamacare,'"and when Rick Santorum apologizes again for saying "I don't want to give Black people other people's money", and when Michelle Bachmann apologizes to Huma Abedin for her witch hunt, and Allen West apologizes to the Democrats he thinks are part of the Communist Party, and when Donald Trump apologizes for continually questioning the President's place of birth, and when Joe Walsh apologizes for breathing, and all those other conservatives who got caught sending out emails or telling jokes depicting the President as a monkey or ape apologize, THEN we can ask Joe Biden/White House to apologize. Funny how the GOP can dish it out, but they can't take it.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  165. Bob Sacramento, CA

    Of course the Obama campaign "had no problem with those comments." The firestorm the comments have caused is a welcome diversion from the facts of an ineffective presidency.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  166. christine

    no apology needed thx JOe for having the guts to say it, the republicans would like nothing better than to put us middle glass and poor people in shackles financially

    August 15, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  167. Brian Mount

    Well Jack, when you can't run on your record of accomplishments for the past three years what's left but to say as much negative down and dirty stuff as you can. Maybe Joe took his cue from Harry Reid's lastest crazy talk. But sadly, no, there will be no apology, this is just the start of this sad sad show.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  168. Matt

    The White House should apologize, but will not. They do not want to admit a mistake. However, the outrage would be fast and furious (yeah, I said it) had ANY conservative said these words. This man is the Vice President, but is not being held to the accountability level of a 2nd grader.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  169. Chase

    It is imperritive that the White House apologize for these remarks. There wasn't a thing about it that wasn't racist. It was racist against caucasians implying that they want Americans of African decent in chains. It was racist against Americans of African decent for invoking the image of slavery and referring to the audience as "y'all", meaning you the group of Americans of African decent sitting before me.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  170. George from Raleigh, North Carolina

    It is Romney who should apologies for having a platform of name calling and denegration. The only chains he's worried about are the threatened shackel for wall street. The elite Capatlist's ball and chain the rest of us wear seems invisible to him.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  171. sn

    You need to wake up, Mr Cafferty, and then you will see the real picture. If the audience was not offended, so shouldn't you. It was a figure of speech to begin with. And, because having no money is almost the same as being in chains if you are poor year after year with a looming distruction of the safety net under R&R, it was an appropriate metaphor. Now, do you remember "death panel" charges.... Where were you? Where were R&R? or all GOP/Tea and dry?
    You know the answer and so did we: we are not stupid.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  172. Trilobiteme

    Government is not a business and doesn't need to earn a profit. Government is there for the needs of the people. Joe Biden is real! We tried supply economics give money to the rich and it will trickle down. When Bush was in office the rich threw a party and left the middle class to pay the tab. People forget we were facing a depression in 2008 if it wasn't for government stepping and bailing banks out. Under Obama the stock market rebounded and many people jobs were saved!

    August 15, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  173. Dan D

    No he should not apolgize. If your thinking this is a racist remark, you are wrong, and its articles like this and accusations
    that keep the race thing going and going. Someone says chained and you automatically think slavery. Do you want the word stricken from the dictionary? White people have been chained also. Stop trying to manipulate peoples thoughts just
    to make a story.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  174. Ricky T

    When are we going to hear what the candidates propose to do to help the citizens of the U.S.? Joe Biden should apologize for telling American citizens that Romney/Ryan are going to put them back in chains. What next-going to throw grandma over the cliff, pollute the water, pollute the air?

    August 15, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  175. vivian b

    no apology necessary. ya'll need to get over yourselves. the republicans are running around doing nothing but spreading hate and lies, and you are bent out of shape over this remark, Really ???

    August 15, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  176. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    It's hilarious that the Racial Party is screaming about comments by Biden.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  177. Gary

    An apology from a politician, especially after the news debates the necessity of one, is about as meaningless as the words that kick started it all. All politicians try to make themselves "one of us" when they speak to any group. It's funny and embarrassing for a white man to say y'all. I say we just let John Stewart have at him and let it go.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  178. Richard Page Rapid City, SD

    sure. just as soon as the republicans apologize for the last 12 years.

    August 15, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  179. Coffee Khadaffi

    If the audience was offended, perhaps an apology to them, but no apology is due to the Republicans.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  180. katherine @capecodgurl

    Hmmm..so how is "It should have been embarrassing for the nation's first black president" not offensive? Because he is half black he should be embarrassed? So far..I'm not seeing any black "outrage" anywhere else..just hair on fire white guys like yourself. Funny, most times we hear that blacks are overly sensitive..now they are catching it for not matching your contrived "outrage?"

    August 15, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  181. Gail, Plano TX.

    Now Jack,ler me get this straight. Rudy Guiliani the goofball of the GOP says that Joe Biden is incapacitated mentally to become President. Now that's got to be the best laugh I've had in days! Joe Biden like all "human beings" sometimes says things that are mis- interpreted. But the GOP would throw their own mothers under the bus 2 get elected! Please send Romney back to wherever his houses are and let him leave politics forever!

    August 15, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  182. Hank Corbett of Jacksonville, NC

    No apology needed. Romney's supporters have accused the President of not being an American citizen, of being a muslim, and a marxist, Romney has accused the President of being, "clueless." We saw how Romney responded when Speaker Gingrich pleaded for a 'clean campaign' during the Republican primaries – Romney carpet bombed Gingrich with negative ads. What comes around, goes around!!!

    August 15, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  183. Karm99

    The public is pounded daily by Right Wing hate and racist comments that make Biden's "Chains" sound like playground language.

    No, he should not apologize.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  184. Brandon, NC

    In one word, NO! Being an Afro-Amercian remarks like that dont dimish us, but it used as a visual of what to expect if we let the status quo persist of keeping the middle class down. It forcasting that dark days are ahead and slavery is one of the darkest periods in American History, there for the chain remark drove home his point very clearly.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  185. Alex

    "This is the same kind of insensitivity the president showed when he said "If you've got a business, you didn't build that." " Really? Did you listen to that speech at all? He was talking about the roads, and taking that out of context is ridiculous. I understand the "predominately black crowd" makes this otherwise innocuous turn of phrase suddenly offensive. But perhaps that's the problem, people in the media are thinking about race. Would the reaction be the same if he had said the same line first to a predominately white crowd, then to a black one? This is all ridiculous and absurd and you, my friend, in sensationalizing it, are make the world a worse place. Romney saying "I like to fire people" was an equally ridiculous thing to freak out about, but the media had a field day. Please report the news, not spout blabber about bad one-liners and ill phrased sentences.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  186. ZoeyKay - Nashville, TN

    I'm sure Joe can use the same lame excuses the GOP uses:

    "I misspoke"
    "My words were taken out of context"
    "I'm Sorry If I Gave Anyone The Impression That The Things I Said In Public Are Factual"

    August 15, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  187. Thinks2010

    No. This is just another tempest in a tea pot stirred up by the Republicans to distract voters from the real issues facing this country. A lot of the fuss about this comment is probably being generated by people who routinely complain to their spouses that they are tired and out of shape from "being chained to their desk at work all day."

    August 15, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  188. SC

    Why should he apologizefor something that the Romney team knew what he was talking about. It had nothing to do with race and they know it. They are making it about race. Romney team are always making racist remarks in their own little ways. I have not seen a large number of monorities in his campaign or on his team. No apology necessary.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  189. Bob in Ohio

    From what I see it is only white guys trying to make it an issue. We haven't heard a word of outrage from any of the high profile leaders of the Black community. Apology, moot point.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  190. Alex from California

    No. No offense to the governor, but someone has to say it. Governor Mitt Romney has arguably run the most negative presidential campaign of the 20th century. The President has run a very positive campaign and the Vice President has the right to take a risk with language without unecessary reactions. Good writing requires pushing someone's buttons. What the Vice President said made sense and was important to me as a human, and I respect people who take risks with diction. Immature arguments like this kill impact syntax. What I find insulting is that some Republicans (not all, we still have true Republicans) have super PACs, but then they are shocked by what they think is negativity. With all due respect, that's the oldest trick in the book.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  191. lydia lo

    Biden’s “unchained” gaffe has been exaggerated to the ridiculous. Romney often campaigns “we’re going to take this country back!”…is he accused of using the same charged words as white supremacist swagger?

    August 15, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  192. Walker in Prosperity S.C.

    NO!!! What's the difference between unshackled and unchained? I say none!!! The meaning is the same for both. Old Joe may not always polish it up before he speaks but he sure tells the truth. Just imagine, Wall Street and the banking industry unleashed on the American public without constraints. Just look what they are already doing to us in fees and outrageous charges for our allowing them to use our money now! $44.00+ for 200 checks. And, now the government requires direct deposit in a bank or financial institution for all federal checks. What a sorry deal. I trust the buried quart jar more than any financial institution. With today's interest rates, you sure don't lose anything with it buried in the ground.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  193. Roxy in Iowa

    NO, the GOP has shown nothing but disdain and hatred for PresidentObama since his election. When are you guys going to start calling Mitt out on his outright lies?

    August 15, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  194. Becky - Las Vegas, NV

    I don't think an apology is necessary but I too am white. What the heck do I know?

    August 15, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  195. Susan in Arkansas

    No, Vice President Biden should not apologize. You see, being a democrat, Mr. Biden does not see people as black, white, yellow, red, or blue. He sees people as people, so it doesn't matter who the audience was. Many republicans, on the other hand, are all about making hateful, racist comments, so their "interpretation" of his comments are skewed to their belief system. This is apples and oranges.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  196. Overby

    Forrest Gump must have been thinking of Obama and Biden when he famously said "Stupid is as stupid does".

    August 15, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  197. Eric - Houston

    While the comment was in very poor taste and would not be tolerated if it came from a Republican, it was made by Joe Biden and if he had to apologize for every gaffe, he would never have time to do anything else. It is easier to notice and complain when a gaffe is made by someone who generally doesn't commit them.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  198. bee

    The Republicans have from the very start shown no respect for Pres. Obama, and have called he a liar , and other derogatory comments because this man is Bi-racial. Maybe Bidens chose of words were not the best, but the message resonated load/clear..

    August 15, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  199. Andrew - Scranton, PA

    No one should apologize for their political remarks. No one. It is shameful enough that he would have to explain what he was putting an emphasis on. In context, the President didn't even have a problem with it. So, No. As well, Why apologize for what is, figuratively, true? I mean, Let's treat this as what it actually is: A Figure Of Speech; A Metaphor. How could you possibly treat this as literal? Oh, because it is an (indirect) reference to slavery? Yeah, well, here's something literal: The 13th Amendment.

    Funny, though. Conservatives are screaming racism. Do they recognize racism when they see it or just make assumptions upon something they heard? Because, for the last two years, I have SEEN an Obstructionist Congress Do Nothing but throw down every proposal the President has sent to the House. I could easily assume it is because of the color of his skin, but since there is no *hard* evidence to prove such a claim, I would rather say it is because of the color of his party...

    Let's not stray away from the real issues and hard truth: No Progress Since The Republican Majority Took Office Last Year.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  200. Jennifer M in Winnipeg

    Joe is probably right on this issue. But I really think he was not just talking to Blacks ... he did say "y'all" now didn't he? It's getting to the point that anything said by any politician is immediately turned around by the media which fires up everybody, black, white or polkadot! Calm down already.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  201. Jack, Lancaster, Ohio

    Mr. Cafferty:

    I need a ride on that hypersonic thing, the outcome would not be worse than current events !

    August 15, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  202. Karl in Flint, MI

    On one hand yes he should apologize, it was insensitive, I guess, but was Biden being Biden. On the other hand Romney/Ryan are losing anyway and have a lot more to apologize to women and minorities in particular.

    What I take issue with is your ignorant example of quoting FOX News' edit of Obama's "If you've got a business, you didn't build that" line. You need to apologize for that misspeak, big time. That isn't what he said.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  203. RickFromDetroit

    No, an apology is not in order. The truth of the matter is, "We the People" have been shackled in chains ever since the Reagan Regime took control 30 years ago. The problem is, the lock is getting rusty and will need to be replaced. Romney has a shiny new lock for us!

    August 15, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  204. Jean from New Jersey

    Absolutely not. Republicans, led by Romney and his partner Ryan, are up to their usual tricks of divide and conquer, so the pot can't call the kettle black. Bottom line, the middle and lower classes of this country are the backbones of this country, not the 1%. Hence, give us a break! And oh, by the way, "shackles" (used by Ryan) and "chains" (used by Biden) are synonyms of each other.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  205. open400

    The democrats are reminidng the public of the kind of economy the GOP wants to return to- offhsoring jobs and businesses, deregulating the banks and Wall Street again, unnecessary wars, a treasury deparmtment that is just an extension of Goldman Sax, tax cuts to the wealthy at the expense of the society at large, crazy trade policies,trrickle down econmics etc.
    Romney + Ryna = Bush's policies on streroids.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  206. rufus

    The fact is, food stamps and other government handouts already have a large portion of the population in chains. And, the current administration loves it!

    August 15, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  207. Larry in Houston

    Biden will most likely apologize right after the election, on nov. 6th. He will make an announcement saying that he's sorry, but he tried to get obama re-elected.

    (I'm still voting Democrat)

    August 15, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  208. Paul, Louisiana

    Absolutely not. I'm a Democrat and I actually understand what Biden meant by saying that comment. Unfournately, the Romney Campagain don't want to apologize for Romney saying "Corporations are people".

    August 15, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  209. Ted from Oshawa, Ontario

    Jack it is the republicans who should apologize for their disingenuous outrage ......as the have NEVER truly come to the defence of the African-American unless it's for a photo-op.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  210. Dale N.M.

    Putting black people back in chains, how long has it been since the slaves were released, and besides chain were very seldom use on slaves.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  211. Robert - NJ

    Of course not! As an African-American I felt the same way as all of the other people listening to Biden's speech, which were mostly African American, that it was a lighthearted comment. I chuckled just like the rest of the crowd. I think the Romney campaign and the GOP as a whole, should first apologize about Allen West's comment about President Obama, "“rather you be his slave.” , or Donald Trumps false birtherism charges, or for when Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke a “slut,” a “prostitute” on his radio show,... Seems to me the apology needs to come from the Romney/Ryan/GOP side first.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  212. Donaldo in ATL

    As my Mother used to say, if you can't say something nice, keep your mouth shut. This goes both ways with these guys, you are making the American people sick of all of you. This is no way our government leaders to act.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  213. John

    No appology necessary. Joe Biden is on the campaign trail and is making a point on where the oppositions plan would take us.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  214. Hummingbird

    No, he absolutely should NOT apologise,
    Lucky men will be in chains, women will be dead with Romney and Ryan's GOP War on Women

    August 15, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  215. Keith Ensminger

    Oh, cry me a river, Jack. I thought you had a tough skin. Biden botched y'all because he's not a southerner, but he clearly hit the nail on the head about Republicans putting us back in chains like letting health insurance companies deny us coverage. Not many people like whiners like the Republicans have done far too long.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  216. Matt

    NO, Absolutely not! Question whether the Romney campaign being allowed to run knowingly false ads?? Out them! They've been factchecked to death and all proven lies, but that's ok, at least what Biden said was true.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  217. MelanieB

    It's very coincidental that I thought something very similar a few days before the Vice President made his remarks. Perhaps he should apologize for saying it out loud...sadly it's what many people of color may be thinking. Why would we feel that way, Jack?

    August 15, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  218. Vance, Savannah, Georgia

    No apologies–just round up all the Congressman, put them in shackles-chains and send back to Africa–Liberia needs experts in "good governance."

    August 15, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  219. Linda in Arizona

    APOLOGIZE? For what? Telling the truth bluntly? Get off it. Romney should apologize for calling Obama's campaign one of hate and division and telling him to go back to Chicago. That was worse than what Biden said, and insulted the whole city of Chicago. You people are so biased it's ridiculous. Get a LIFE.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  220. Phil Howard

    "Shackles" can also mean the situation workers are in when Republicans get their way and allow big corporations to oppress workers. Are we not allowed to use this term for this meaning just because other meanings exist? If not, what word can we use to refer to the "Bondage" of slave-like labor situations under oppressive corporate control that won't have racial overtones?

    August 15, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  221. Cindy C

    No, when I heard this comment of thought of all the hard working middle class, which is what Romney and Ryan would love to do. Why are we so hell bent on making everything racial????

    August 15, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  222. Christina

    NO apology; it's only racial if people make it racial!

    August 15, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  223. Kathryn Morse

    I live in Crystal Springs, MS. I am a white well-educated white liberal. My mother is from Virginia. I have family and former work colleagues in Danville, VA. My father was from Mississippi. I do not believe that Biden's remarks were offensive and I do not believe that the president or Biden or the Democratic Party should apologize. I believe that Biden summarized a truth and that truth should be said and shared.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  224. Elizabeth U

    I would say "no". I find it interesting that Mitt Romney seems to be more offended by the comment than any of the black people in the audience.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  225. Chris Keith

    No he should not, The TRUTH IS THE TRUTH, instead of actual chains & shackles, its finicial chains. I'm Glad he( Biden) spoke the TRUTH.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  226. C Smith

    Yes. An apology would be appropriate from the White House. Joe Biden is acting like a cross between a comedian and a preacher. His language skills are not very Vice Presidential.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  227. Jessica A.

    The media seems to be salivating at this comment, while ignoring the point. Biden was referring (as he said only seconds before) to the Romney/Ryan desire to "unshackle Wall St." The idea is that when Wall Street is given free reign, the rest of us, no matter the color of our skin, are shackled. Saying that he meant otherwise, without proof, is making a seriously inflammatory assumption.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  228. Ricardo

    Why is this a question? There is no need for an apology, Biden didnt say anything wrong.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  229. jnpa

    No apology is necessary. We are way too sensitive these days about things we say. I am so tired of being politically correct all the time. Let's move on to more important things than this!

    August 15, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  230. Kyle Hickman

    Jack, it is unfortunate that in characterizing Biden's remark as stepping over the line you compared it to one of Obama's comments that has been repeatedly taken out of context. In Obama's comment, "You didn't build that," he was referring to roads and bridges, built and maintained by the government, that help people conduct business. Romney and the Republicans' spin every comment made by the Obama campaign, at least you, Jack, could try to be objective and impartial.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  231. Diane from Shamokin

    Absolutely he should apologize! Thoughts become words, words become actions and actions have the potential to kill dreams. There is no place in the discourse of free people to discuss chaining our citizens!

    August 15, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  232. UhClem

    First, the GOP leadership has initiated the metaphor with their claims that business is "shackled" by rules and regulations. There are very good reasons for these chains on businesses, mostly from unscrupulous and/or amoral predatory business practices.

    Second, little attention is being paid to the fact that this was a mixed race meeting and maybe it is time to put an appropriate face on the implications to the middle class this same GOP leadership is attempting to bamboozle the public into supporting.

    Third, Romney's arrogance regarding anything questioning his business experience or finances should make every reasonable person run to the voting booth and pull the lever for a real person, Obama.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  233. CJ

    Apologize? That's an understatement. The Obama campaign just took a giant step back with the people. This gaffe trumps all comments made this political season and should enrage all African Americans and those considerate of our American history. Simply insensitive and a misrepresentation for what the White House stands for!

    August 15, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  234. Kathy

    No Jack. The president did NOT say "if you have a business you didn't build it". This is another example of selective quoting from the media. I expect it from the other party, whichever one. I don't remember the previous administration apologizing for anything Darth Vader said.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  235. Nicole

    Absolutely not, as and African American woman I wasn't the least bit offended. It sounds to me like a few of the citizens of this country with roots as old as mine are feeling a little too uncomfortable about the use of these terms because it make them feel guilty about thier own heritage and the part they played in African American's being here in the first place. If we were really looking for an apology, shouldn't we start with Romeny suggesting that Obama is turning into an angry black man?

    August 15, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  236. Deane

    No, shouldn't apologize.
    Do you really think people care about every little/ silly/ stupid thing politicians say, especially in an election year?
    Until they all stop talking and appearing on TV with their absurd sound bites and go back to work for the people who pay their salaries, I'm tuning them out.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  237. Nikki/san diego

    Apologize for what? They said shackles, he said chains......can we please skip September and October so we can get this election over with! This fanning of the flames is total nonsense, the media needs to stop instigating this foolishness too!! eew....

    August 15, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  238. Linda

    Of course an apology is necessary, Jack, however we should not hold our breath to hear one as it will never happen unless the President believes Biden's comments will "cost him some votes".

    August 15, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  239. Scott

    What a breath of fresh air – especially coming from CNN! Of course it was despicable... a disgrace to the office of the Presidency and Vice Presidency. And it's happening continually. Thank you for giving an honest appraisal of this comment.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  240. Rahb

    Voter suppression is a means to gain power against the WILL of the people. To Steal an election to force your will on the people Is Slavery. So No, no apology required, besides According to Romney Americans Don't make apologies, so why should a Kenyan Witch Doctor do so

    August 15, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  241. CW

    Cafferty you need to move to fox news. You distorted our President's quote. Shoddy journalism will not increase you miserable ratings.

    Here is the quote (as if you didn't know) Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business, you didn't build that.

    BTW if you believe most southern states would not reinstate slavery if they had a chance you are fooling yourself. look at all the 'red" States and see how many were slave slates

    August 15, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  242. Myles Banner, Phila.Pa

    No. President Obama more than anyone understood and appreciate Vice President Biden's remarks. Yes, the vice president was being flipped, but we have come too far in race relations within our country to censor a white politician from speaking his mind. OMG we are getting so close to 1984 and double speak with our political correctness that it takes a team of talking head to decipher what any of our politicians say. What Vice President Biden said was true listen to what he said and how. The American Banking system uncheck as been unfair to minorities for too long and the recent class action suit shows it. Oh one more, the Republicans will jump on anything I'm sure Romney and his cohorts have said worst just not in public

    August 15, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  243. wanting4more

    Without taking sides and being completely fair, I say yes apologize. No one has died yet from apologizing. If it's causing this much fuss, just do it and get it over with. There are hundreds of other things that should be in the front lines, not this.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  244. Paul Adams from Boston

    No, the White House should not apologize. It is sad that Biden's gaff is the closest that any of the candidates and their running mates have come to speaking the truth. Wall Street has had Main St. and DC in chains for a long time. They ask for deregulation, and they get it. They screw up the economy and they are bailed out. Wall Street and corporate American have us all in chains. Let's not let political correctness blind us to the truth behind Biden's remarks.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:24 pm |


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  246. Kathy

    Yes, Obama and Biden should both issue an apology for Biden's poor choice of words. For many decades, Americans have worked hard to distinguish racial tensions between blacks and whites. It was insensitive to use words that 'keep the fires burning' in such a cavalier way in order to score political points. It is shameful.
    Kathy – Knoxville, TN

    August 15, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  247. Laverne

    No because none of the people at that event was offended by his comments and Romney was certainly not offended. He is just trying to create something that is not there. Romney is the one who is a bigot and he knows it. The only blacks in his world are the ones outside of his world, he sure as hell don't care about their feelings.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  248. Edward in Maine

    Gosh Jack, I'm not sure on this one – I could go either way. But appologize or not, it's not going to change anything. Putting things in perspective, I'm much more offended by Romney's refusal to release his tax returns than by anything Joe Biden could possibly say. The tax return thing is a very real and very big issue and Joe's temperment and passion is not.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  249. Bruce

    It doesn't really matter if they should or should not apologize. The Obama administration is desperate and are afraid. All they care is about votes. This explains why Obama promised to extend temporary residency to some 800,000 illegals when he was first elected, and is now promising to grant residency permits to over 1.8 millions illegals. Nice to have a government that cares more about foreigners than its own people.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  250. Mark in California

    Jack as long as you quote the President out of context like the GOP does, (he didn't just say "You didn't build that") then you're as useless a reporter as they are. Based on you reporting approach it sounds to me like you think Biden must have said that he'd "unchain y'all" . Must have.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  251. Pete, NJ

    No problem that I see, except that the media tends to report sound bites. We need to understand words have meaning in context. Since Romney said he would "unshackle" the banks, would it have been better if Biden said it would put us back in shackles? Some people need a thicker skin. it is not always about your prejudices.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  252. Dan

    Can't believe the Romney campaign accusses Obama of running on hate, fear, and on deviding the country. He does not say a word when Obama is accused of being a Muslum, not born here, He could not even to stand up to Rush who accused a lady he did not agree with as being a slut. All he said was he wouldn't use those words. Romney is a wimp who is hoping to buy the election and preying on the uneducated and uninformed.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  253. Valerie Scott

    Absolutely Obama and Biden should apologize but they will not as from what I can tell so far they decided to take the LOW road in their ads. I am a Dem but not feeling any love for Obama/Biden ticket.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  254. Pam Pace

    No apology needed. This is only another opportunity to distract the American voters rather than deal with the real issues such as raising taxes on the middle class. I don't mind paying my fair share but to add another $2,500 would put my family in jeopardy. Upper 2%, pay your fair share. Don't expect me to do this for you.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  255. Lalith

    I I can't see why and apology is required. When Rick Santorum used the 'Chain' language during the primaries, it was OK by the Republicans. It's a flip when Biden says that.
    This only shows the emptiness of the Republican candidate and his will to go down to any level to scratch a few votes. This is indeed a sad state of affairs and bottom of the barrel politics.
    Well, one thing is for sure, Romney lost my vote.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  256. Sam

    Jack, this was simply VP Joe Biden being Joe Biden. It's absurd how sensationalized this story has become despite the fact that everyone knows Joe's prone to gaffs. His explanation for the slip-up was more than adequate, but in a nasty campaign and with the media bent on sensationalizing anything and everything, it's clear that logic once again is being pushed to the backburner.

    Toronto, ON

    August 15, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  257. Mark from New Jersey

    No, Jack. You ever hear the vitriol that spills from the pie-holes of the unofficial head of the Republican party, Rush Limbaugh, or garbage that spews daily from Sean Hannity or Bill O'Reilly? Compared to that garbage this is nothing, not to mention that Joe Biden was right. Chains don't have to be literal. In this day and age they are economic.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  258. xandersun

    Oh my God, no. Did George Bush ever apologize for Willie Horton? How about Swift Boat? This is not insulting to Blacks or then nation in general. It only makes conservative Whites uncomfortable by reminding them about all their hypocrisy. Getting all in a huff over this is like "true-blood, freedom loving, Americans" blaming outside agitators and rude blacks whipping up racial tensions in the 1960's. There wouldn't be racial tension to whip up, if someone hadn't trotted out Willie Horton and "welfare cheats" in the first place.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  259. Joe

    There should be an apology, but there won't be. Biden's comments are grotesque. If this were Romney or Ryan it would be front page news for weeks. For those who think this is a mountain out of a mole hill, wait until Romney mispronounces a word, it will gleefully be dissected for weeks on CNN and CNBC. The President is a shameless wimp for not coming out and saying "this was a spiteful, sad, foolish comment."

    August 15, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  260. Vick, Orange Park , FL

    Jack, My opinion is no! What was said does not even come close to what the GOP has said during this election cycle.Bt the way you slanted your question it shows where you political leanings are! I have a feeling since you think all blacks are Democrats they would be upset and the fact they are not puzzles you.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  261. Elvigia Vazquez - Boca Raton, Fl.

    The White House should ABSOLUTELY apologize!

    August 15, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  262. Jacqueline O'Connor

    No, VP Biden should NOT apologize. How "politically correct" has this country become that expressing an honest (and correct) opinion like Joe did is fodder for the foot-in-mouth crowd for days. I'd have preferred Biden for president!
    Romney isn't fit to be president – nor was Obama, but we've spent money for OJT to train Obama so I'll stick with him this year even though I didn't vote for him in 2008 (thought he was a punk salesman with no substance) and NO I didn't vote for senile McCain either. Some choices these two political parties come up with! No wonder our country is sliding fast toward a cliff. Maybe we'll fly better than we govern.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  263. Dave from Georgia

    Where are the outrages from the black audience in Danville, VA? If none, then no apologies needed.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  264. Lisa

    The White House should not appologize for truth. Biden is tellilng it like it is. Straight foward, Blunt, and NO holds barred! Raw and Uncut with it too! Im loving every bit of this.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  265. DH in MO

    No apology is necessary. I do not believe Bidens' comment had racist intent. The apology that needs to be offered should come from the Republicans with their blatent racist attempts with new Voter ID laws to suppress the vote!

    August 15, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  266. Shari G

    How can the President apologize for Biden, he nominated him? Maybe he should apologize for that, but only Biden can apologize for his stupidity and just think about that. I am sure Biden doesn't realize on stupid he is. Besides the President's apparent campaign plan is to divide and conquer, keep people from realizing how bad the economy is due to his policies by using divisive program. We should all remember that we are Americans, not black, white, yellow, etc Americans. We should all educate ourselves as to what is happening to our economy and no one should be looking to making it on the backs of someone else. Some on this blog said raising 3 kids on $50,000 a year income is impossible and you can't look ahead. Well we raised 4 kids on much less than that, 2 have college degrees (that they earned on their own), one is now a single parent, working and going to school and the last is making a living supporting his family and fighting to get ahead. We as AMERICAN's can do anything we set our mind to do, as long as we don't expect someone else to get us there.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  267. C. Holloway

    When the GOP apologizes for crony capitalism, which spiked the banking crisis that economically enslaved this nation, then yes. Until then, Romney and the rest of his greedy, selfish, and unfeeling cohorts can suck eggs.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  268. Dianna

    Mr. Biden should apologize only if the GOP apologizes for putting us in this economic crisis 12 years ago and being blind and out of touch with how we REAL people live.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  269. D.A. Benson

    The White House will never apologize for anything they say; they are incapable of telling the truth.
    Everyone has a crazy uncle but what scares me most is that Joe Biden is one heartbeat away from the presidency.

    Dale- Phoenix

    August 15, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  270. Heather T...Vancouver Canada

    Really CNN....You seem to be sucking up the Right....There is nothing more offensive than what the Right wants for your citizens..nothing . It just blows my mind .They are dragging your country back to the stone ages.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  271. Maggie

    Wait didn't Santortiom say something just like that about the health care That Obama is going to shackles that is the same as chained.....why is it on your show bad Democrat and the Republican are angels . I used to like both you guys

    August 15, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  272. Jeff Scheid

    I understood the context and I agree with the context. Hitting hard is a page out of Karl Rove's playbook. Mitt should get used to it. So far he seems to resort to whining and crying about not playing fair. So far it seems someone else is holding Mitt down and cutting off his hair.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  273. Marcel

    If anyone is going to be apologizing, it should be BOTH parties for thus far subjecting us to campaigns focused less on the big issues that matter and more on making their opponents look bad. When is this going to end people?

    August 15, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  274. Paul

    I simply can't believe what an avalanche of unwise criticism this comment by Joe Biden has caused. Don't you people understand that it wasn't his intention to refer to historical slavery?! I am 99 percent sure that all this bitching and moaning started with some young journalist just out of college who was desperate to say something clever to get a pat on the back from his boss, and he or she could think of nothing better than finding fault with a commonplace metaphor that is used on a regular basis in political and economic discourse. I bet this young kid is now jumping up and down with joy looking at all of you adult people going out of your way to show how politically correct you are. This is ridiculous.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  275. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    No apology warranted. This is a simplw case of a robust debate between the Kettle and the Pot on the subject of shades of the color grey or black.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:26 pm |

    Why should Biden apologize for speaking the truth. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. Allowing the financial sector to run amok once again would be a terrible mistake. Another bailout for a "to big to fail" institution is absolutely insane. Keep them in check – before greed and arrogance finds its way back into the system. Stop airing nonsense!

    August 15, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  277. talk2molly

    Richmond, VA – It is clear that "all bets are off" in this presidential campaign. Let's not draw the line with the latest Biden gaff. There is a rampant use of the term "schackled and unschackled" in politics today, and although the semantics of Biden's use of words may be questionable, and we should all feel free to question as we choose, we need to pick our fights carefully. We have way bigger fish to fry here in America; the economy, voter's rights, education, gun control, etc, etc. etc. We need to have enough respect and support for the Presidential Office to not second guess every decision on a minute level.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  278. Tim

    Absolutely not. The workds may not have been chosen too well, but if you aren't trying to find a problem then there is none. Noone can tell Mr. Biden what he mean by the comment since he made the comment himself. This entire story, along with most of what both campaigns are talking about, is nonsense. I don't care what the other guy did, or he is going to do. I want to know what YOU did, and what YOU will do. If we don't get some details, in plain English, about what each candidate actually wants to do then how do we make an informed decision? This silly war between Dems & republicans really needs to end.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  279. Jim

    This is the whole attitude of the Obama Administration. Do and speak as we want, and get use to it. Same thing when Holder was found in contempt of Congress, Obama did nothing to him. When asked if Obama could do anything about gas prices after the election he replied "high gas prices, get use to it." The whole administration is egotistical and out of touch with mainstream american values.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  280. Rebeckah Jefferson

    I see how that could be considered insensitive, but I'm sure Biden is not racist, as he is the left-hand man of an African-American. African-American's, in fact, were once kept as slaves, and I'm sure they would never want to be slaves again, and the Romney team would surely be turning the majority of us, black, brown and white, into that... working hard in order to barely survive. He wasn't saying that they SHOULD be enslaved, he was saying that that is something that should NEVER happen again.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  281. Maya

    Absolutely Not! If it hurt it is because there is truth to it. Sometimes it takes a really strong metaphor to get a point across. We need to stop being so "offended" all the time and actually listen to the message.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  282. D Kelly

    No apology necessary.Gop diversion–is it working? My first thought was prison chains not slavery.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  283. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    It often becomes very pathetic when the sensationalism over nothing rules the day. Where Republicans and the Media seem to be the only ones who have a complaint, as this is obviously extreme over reacting.

    How can any apology be issued if no one was offended or shamed? Were the 50% of the crowd who were white offended? The 50% who were African American had no complaints. If the Republicans are going to unshackle the banks then I guess the correct term would have been re-shackle us. And either has more to do with servitude and indebtedness than slavery, aren't prisoners also chained or shackled?

    Man, I don't get the stupid bravado sometimes.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  284. Carolyn, Perkasie, PA

    Of course he should. It's an absolutely horrible, hateful thing to say to rile up his base. I can't even imagine what would have happened if Romney or Ryan or any Republican would've said that. People would be up in arms. Doesn't the African American community see how the Democrats play the race card just to get their vote meanwhile doing nothing to solve the real problems African Americans face today.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  285. Jim C

    As a African-American it seems like the media is more offended than we are. Clearly there is some context in there and when measured against the context it's clear he wasn't referring to African-Americans. It's actually more insulting to have commentators assume we as African-Americans automatically assume Biden was referring to us or the slavery experience. At this point all of the media, including yourself Cafferty are acting as agitators and once again removing the political discussion from the real issues.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  286. Terra

    No! He's telling it as it really is. Someone needs to shake up the people here. Biden isn't far off. If Romney/Ryan make it to the Whitehouse the country will be sold off to the highest bidders with no regulation and no concern for the poor or middle class. Wake up people, this election is serious! Romney and Ryan are playing hard core. The people must fight back! Stop the Romney lies – stop the big money machines of the private sector.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  287. Greg

    Will you also ask the Romney Ryan Campaign to apologize for every misstatement they make? Get your nose out of it. The American people are smart enough to sort out such statements and decide if they are appropriate.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  288. Robert

    No, this is Biden and his most Bidenesque. I like him. I'm with the people who don't think this was aimed or had anything to do with the color of ones skin. I'm sure some of my Hispanic and northern European forbears were in chains. Some of my ancestors had to leave Arkansas in the early 1900's and share crop in California because the economy was so bad and the drought so severe. This is what he is talking about and I believe he is right. If you are 72 years old or older you have spent your entire life contributing to your social security fund and these R's think they just have to get their hands on that money. If another nabob like GWBush gets in the White House we will have half of our population starving.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  289. Thomee-Fresno Ca

    Here's the thing, African Americans and only African Americans are in the best place to judge what they think is offensive to them. A small minority will take offense at Biden's comments, the overwhelming majority (kind of like the percentage of those that vote democratic) will say comments related to oligarchs keeping poor and discriminated against ppl in chains, is calling it like it is.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  290. Ellen Johnson

    VP BIden is always original. I do not feel that an a apology is necessary. We all know what he meant. People should just get over it and find something substantial to complain about.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  291. Alyssa

    It is an embarrassment that any well educated person interested in leading a nation would so mince his words. The fact that race is relevant to anyone is pathetic at this point. We are one people and should vote on the issues that matter. No person is truly "democrat" or "republican", we should all think for ourselves and for what we think is best for the country. The economy, international issues and education of our children. Maybe if we focused more on building each other up, our schools would be better, people would feel connected to one another and to community, and then we would invest in each other. Then, if our schools were better, we wouldn't be in a situation where a VP would say something so thoughtless and where we would even need to ask for an apology. These politicians are human and make mistakes, as we all do. What they should apologize for is breaking the promise to deliver "change we can believe in". This country has business problems and we need business solutions. Romney has been
    Successful in business. He's the other choice and what we have isn't working. President Obama isn't all bad, but he should apologize for not fixing our problems in a grass roots way. I feel what is best is to focus on what we can ALL do differently as a people. No one should look to a government or politician to fix things. Solutions happen at home. We all need to take ownership of our choices. Don't buy what you can't afford. Support local business. Become educated. Work hard. Save harder. Be the President of your own life. Lead your own family instead of sitting doing nothing expecting law and policy to fix it all. Our grandparents enjoyed their era because they were careful, hard working, served their country and would never take the time to watch this stupid commentary on TV.
    Let's all take the high road.
    Solve our own problems. Start by voting for the person who has
    Ideas you like, not a label you blindly adopt.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  292. Laura

    Not unless Alan West apologizes for all the times he's referenced the Democrat "plantation," or Michele Bachmann apologizes for her baseless suspicions about Huma Abedin, or Newt Gingrich apologizes for all his "food stamp president" comments. There are myrid instances of Republicans making the exact same sort of references. Recently Romney called President Obama's ideas "foreign," and John Sununu made a crack about wishing Obama would learn hot to be an American. Republicans are kidding themselves if they think their attempted subtlety goes unnoticed.
    Biden lacks subtlety at times – it's not a fatal flaw and it does not need an apology. I, for one, kind of admire his willingness to say what's on his mind and not to play the coy games that Alan West, Michelle Bachmann, Mitt Romney and John Sununu thrive on.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  293. Alma in Texas

    No, Vice President Biden has no reason to apologize to us (African Americans and others people of color). He was and is defending the rights of the 99 percent. Those on the Right are sensitive because it, perhaps, rings closer to the truth of their agenda then they want to admit. What about all those calls on the far right to take back "our" country.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  294. Beau Ryan

    I would just like to ask America, Scince when did slavery become exclusively African American? I would say trying to put a racial spin on a comment meant to express the aristocratic feeling of wall street and multinationals is what should be considered "lower than low".
    As a matter of fact the Biden comment is probably the most truthfully statement ever uttered by a politician, embodying the "real" feeling of millions of disenfranchised Americans quickly becoming the norm.
    Just ask yourselves, "How much free time are YOU allowed to have?", we live in a time where the average American spends nearly 3/4 of what they earn a month just on rent and utilities, add food to that and see how much money you have left that isn't lent on credit. You can't even exist comfortably without some sort of Credit.
    The term "credit" itself implies slavery.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  295. Glenn Watson from Delaware

    I find it fitting to draw parallels between one of the most atrocious acts in United States history and the allowing the GOP to regulate big banks. Chained or shackled, Democrats or Republicans, what's the difference!?! The visions of both parties are adulterated by simply winning this November.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  296. Rick Robinson Janesville, Wisconsin

    From Ed Rollins' comment about paying off black preachers to recent actions by Republican state legislatures, the Republican party has a long history of marginalizing black voters. Even when blacks were forced to register as Republicans in the "Solid South", the Republican party did nothing to embrace them or improve their situation. It is entirely appropriate to call them out on their efforts to "shackle" the black vote.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  297. Joseph from NC

    No, he should not apologize for a clear reference to a metaphor unrelated to Blacks in slavery. It's funny how people pick and choose when they are going to be sympathetic and offended for African Americans. Yes, I am one. If VP Biden has to apologize, then the person who originated the "unshackle" reference should have to as well.He should also get as much negative press as Biden is as well.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  298. Sanjai Kumar

    Absolutely no need to apologize. His comments are taken out of context. It is republicans who play dirty politics. Tell Romney to stop making an issue out of a non-issue. Did he forget about the birther issue? Tell him to release his tax returns first, or shut up.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  299. Marie

    No no and no. As a minority I'm waiting for a n apology from republicans for insults to women, Hispanics, welfare ads and looking for the presidents birth certificates. Such fake outrage. How dare they.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  300. Ron

    Should Vice President Joe Biden apologize for his comments? To who? The two members of the GOP running against him who actually think slavery was a good idea?

    August 15, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  301. Leann S

    Absolutely not. His words were no more racially loaded than the other Republicans who used the word "unshackle". The argument that Republicans said "unshackle" instead of "unchain" is particularly frustrating. Do they think they were speaking only to white Americans? If so, then all of those Republicans should apologize to African Americans for ignoring them in their speeches. If that sounds ridiculous, then so does this.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  302. atteloc716

    No why... it's a rally? far worse things have been said by GOP candidates on stage to million's of viewer's
    and when you ask them they double down on the statements they make.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  303. James A.

    VP Bidens comment has been literarily taken out of context. It is a fact that, Americans have been reduced to mere servants with no say in negotiations with financial institutions; be they mortgage companies or credit card companies. The relationship is not one of parties with equal bargaining power; but that of a master and a servant. A master has the whip and the servant is left helpless to the whimps and caprices of the master. VP Biden's statement that unchainining wall street will return Americans back to chains makes a lot of sense and the white house does not need to apologize for that. I am a black man and do not find this statement insulting. It is a statement any reasonable person would make; so anybody; be he/she black or white who claims this statement has racial undertones should have his brains examined by a neurosurgeon.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  304. Kay

    No, no, no! There is nothing to apologize for. Wall Street has all of us except the banks and the uber-rich in shackles. Their only interest is in creating wealth for the already wealthy and keeping all of us who represent main street in "chains."

    August 15, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  305. Marie in Iowa

    Can we get over -our -selves. Do you really believe he meant the comment to be racial. Are we so hard up for news? Quit giving it so much hype.....

    August 15, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  306. Terry in NC

    When the American economy gets a cold the economy of the Black community gets pneumonia.. The racial imbalance among our children living in poverty and the imbalance in our prison system is sufficient to establish that the chains that Biden spoke of really exist. An apology is not necessary for speaking the truth, even when it may be politically incorrect or offensive to people that want to operate in the "ostrich mode".

    August 15, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  307. Rich, Mountain View, Missouri

    Though I am white, I personally do not believe that Joe Biden used the phrase "back in chains" to demean or demolalize any black or african american person out there. I think it is only the media who is wanting to stir up a story and create hype that will cause any unwanted racial attention about those comments. I hope no one was offended by what he said.

    August 15, 2012 at 4:34 pm |