Joe Biden Channels Ray Stantz – UPDATED

Joe Biden, bless his heart, reveals that he never wanted to be a Mayor or anything like that, because that’s too much like having a real job, requiring real work and, you know, real accountability:

Vice President Joe Biden offered a frank assessment of his career in remarks at a Democratic fundraiser in Chicago Thursday night. According to a White House pool report, Biden, surrounded by the city’s movers and shakers, praised former Mayor Richard M. Daley and then said: “I never had an interest in being a mayor ’cause that’s a real job. You have to produce. That’s why I was able to be a senator for 36 years.”

Biden was elected to the Senate in November 1972, when he was 29 years old. When he took office in January 1973, he had turned 30, the minimum age set in the Constitution for membership in the Senate. Biden served in the Senate from that time until January 2009, when he became vice president.

Just warms the cockles of your hard-working, private-sector heart, doesn’t it?

Read Byron York’s whole piece.

Go get ‘em, Ray!:

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The guy who has never worked a real job in the private sector is calling for a global minimum tax.

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  • fiestamom

    I love Ghostbusters! In the movie, the bad guy, (well besides Zul) is the environmental agent from the government who wants to shut down Ghostbusters for storing hazardous waste. If the movie were made today, the EPA would be the good guys, and Exxon or a power company would be eeeviilll.

  • Gayle Miller

    Joe Biden is the south end of a north facing donkey!

    Poor soul doesn’t even realize how out of touch with reality he is, that’s the sad part. I pray for him often because he claims to be a Catholic despite being part of an administration that is anti-Catholic. How do you reconcile those two things? Beats me.

  • dry valleys

    Hold on, isn’t this just a routine self-deprecatory remark and piece of flattery? I’d interpret it as normal speech to be passed over, rather than, as you appear to, thinking he’s had an unguarded moment and allowed the shameful truth to come out. And the actual reason he held office so long was that he was constantly being re-elected, by voters who obviously appreciated his efforts.

    [DV, I don't think it's an "unguarded moment." I, like you think it's self-deprecatory and self-flattery. But he's still channeling Ray Stantz! :-) -admin]

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    Valleys, Joe Biden doesn’t do normal speech.

  • deiseach

    Ah come on, this was a joke in a speech at a fundraising dinner. If he said something like this in an interview or in a serious context, I would take it seriously, but in this instance – no, can’t get worked up about it.

    Besides, haven’t we all made comments about blinkin’ politicians don’t know what it’s like to do a real day’s work?

    [Um. Yeah. This wasn't really supposed to be a serious post. -admin]

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    With Joltin’ Joe Biden, one never knows if he’s joking or not.

    He’s more of a court jester, than a serious politician.

  • kevin

    He was no doubt half serious at least. Biden is the kind of person who points out one real defect in the Constitution (unlike all the imaginary ones Obama moans about): no term limits on legislators. If the Founders had foreseen that some citizens would attempt to spend their entire adult lives in government on the public payroll, instead of the temporary service they envisioned, they probably would have included them.

  • Manny

    What’s strange is that the more serious Joe Biden tries to be, the more he cracks me up. There is something about him or the way he speaks that lacks depth. Maybe it’s the accumulation of all his gaffs that has penetrated my mind, and so taints whatever he says. Is it just me?

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    No, Manny, it’s not just you.

  • kevin

    Not just you Manny. He is a ham, for lack of a better word. I heard him speak in the 1980s and he came across as self-involved and shallow then as he does now.

  • Peggy

    Every once in a while, Joe Biden reminds me Dan Quayle. His gaffes are not quite in the same league, but a motivated press could easily finesse that and move Biden onto the big leagues. I repeat, IF they were so inclined.

  • dry valleys

    It seems my post didn’t go through. I was saying that I wrote my comment without knowing who Ray Stantz was (I never saw any of the programmes he was on) and now, having done a search for him on Wikipedia, I understand a bit better :)

    I am reminded of (may offend sensitive souls)

    [There is nothing in the spam filter, DV -admin]

  • Larry M

    As a teenager I used to caddy fairly frequently for Joe Bidens father, who was a weekly guest player in a foursome of very serious golfers. The thing that has always amazed me is how opposite he was from his father. His father was a complete gentleman whom I never heard swear, a rarity on the golf course. His father always expected a serious, best of your ability job, when you were caddying for him and in return you got respect. Though his father had excellent person to persons skills, I would describe him as reserved and someone who chose his words carefully. It was with nothing but comtempt when I watched a Senate Hearing where “Joe” described his father as “Just a car salesman”. His father when I caddied for him 1969-71 was the manager of one of the oldest and largest Cadillac Dealerships in the Country, who was well known and respected in the community.Stretch the truth about your father to exaggerate your own success and you are lacking ethical parameters, in my opinion.

  • dry valleys

    No, it says I am posting too quickly. Even after one post. I don’t know if this happens to anyone else. Then, I suppose, for my adversaries even one post is too many :)

  • doc

    This is why Slow Joe is a national treasure. Every once in a while he’ll let fly with a terrible moment of honesty.

    “Stand up, Chuck!”

  • Barry H.

    This from the same person who’s been talking about how important it is to give the other person / other side the benefit of the doubt regarding good will? He was joking. It was quite obviously self-deprecatory humor.

    [Yes. So was my response. - admin]