Katie Couric did a dizzying interview with Biden on a bus, of all places. I'm not just trying to be overly critical here - a person could seriously get car sick trying to watch the interview... the bus was moving about sixty miles an hour. Thankfully, the bus atmosphere was consistently broken up with footage of Biden saying things and a voice over, which stated at one point, "Relating to the fears of the average American is one of Biden's strong suits."
Ah, yes... perhaps. But history? Not so much. Biden was talking about the current credit crisis as he proclaimed, "Part of what a leader does to instill confidence is demonstrate that he or she knows what they're talking about and communicates to people. 'If you listen to me and follow what I'm suggesting, we can fix this.' When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on television and didn't just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed, he said, 'Look. Here's what happened.'"
See? I knew it was going to be fun having Biden on the campaign trail! I can guarantee that if Roosevelt got on a television in 1929, nobody was listening to the man for two reasons. One, nobody had a television, and two, Roosevelt wasn't president in 1929. He was the governor of New York. He took office as president in 1933.
Katie Couric also asked Biden about the tone of the campaign:
Couric: Are you disappointed with the tone of the campaign -- the lipstick on the pig stuff and some of the ads? And you guys haven't been completely guilt-free, making fun of John McCain's inability to use a computer...
Biden: I thought that was terrible, by the way.
Couric: Why'd you do it then?
Biden: I didn't know we did it, and if I'd had anything to do with it, we would have never done it. I don't think Barack... you know, I just think that was...
Couric: Did Barack Obama approve that ad? He said he did, right?
Biden: I don't think anything was intentional about that. They were trying to make another point.
On ABC's "Good Morning America," Biden said, "We want to take money and put it back in the pocket of middle-class people..." When discussing how wealthier Americans would pay more, he said, "It's time to be patriotic... time to jump in, time to be part of the deal, time to help get America out of the rut."
Ooops. Of course, in order for Biden to put money back in the pocket of somebody, he would have had to take it from there to begin with... and the suggestion that paying higher taxes is going to jump start the economy and get America out of a rut is hilarious.