June 27, 2010

Slow Joe Biden’s Subpar Saturday: Part 1 — The ‘Smart-A**’ Segment

BidenSmartAssRemarkWI062610Matt Drudge is currently linking to the YouTube version (also carried at Real Clear Politics) of Milwaukee TV station WISN’s report on Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to a Greenfield, Wisconsin custard shop. In it, you can hear the following exchange between Biden and the Kopp’s Custard manager:

Biden: What do we owe you?
Manager: Don’t worry. It’s on us. … (inaudible) … Lower our taxes and we’ll call it even.

A more complete version of the station’s report carried at the Freedom’s Lighthouse web site indicates that the comment must have bothered Biden a bit:

Reporter: A few minutes after the Kopp’s manager’s comment on “Lower our taxes,” there’s another exchange.
Biden: Why don’t you say something nice instead of being a smart-ass all the time? Say something nice.

A bit touchy there, aren’t we?

The Real Clear Politics post claims Biden made his “smart-ass” remark “jokingly.”

I don’t think so, nor did the Kopp’s manager, as seen at the extended Freedom’s House version of the video:

Reporter: Afterwards, the manager said he enjoyed his banter with the Vice President.
Manager: He was very nice. He’s got a great personality.
Reporter: But the manager admits the Vice President didn’t seem happy at first about the “lower our taxes” comment.
Manager: I don’t think he liked it, no, but later he whispered … “Just kidding.”

Go to the Freedom’s Lighthouse link and judge Biden’s demeanor for yourself.

Also, doesn’t the manager’s “great personality” comment seem like the kind of thing you might hear about a potential blind date that you would want to avoid?

Cross-posted at NewsBuster.org.



  1. [...] comment to a Milwaukee-area custard shop manager was yesterday (covered at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog), it wasn’t even the Vice President’s worst Wisconsin moment on [...]

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  2. What would we do without for good old Joe for laffs?

    Comment by Paul Schafer — June 27, 2010 @ 12:58 pm

  3. I’ll take being a “smart ass over being an “asshole” any day…

    Comment by Anon — June 27, 2010 @ 3:02 pm

  4. Joe Biden — Jackass…

    If you want one sign of how dysfunctional the American political system is, all one needs to do is consider the fact that Joe Biden is Vice President of the United States. After stealing another man’s speech and biography nearly a quarter century ago,…

    Trackback by Rhymes With Right — June 27, 2010 @ 3:40 pm

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