Saturday, August 23, 2008

You Can't Make This Stuff Up

From a blog post from the LA Times about Biden's speech today:
So which stumble at today's Democratic lovefest in Springfield, Ill., will live on the longest -- Barack Obama introducing his running mate pick as "the next president," or the Joe Biden crack about his wife that has not been universally well received?

If it's the latter, at least Biden gets a pass on it from the highest-ranking women in the history of U.S. politics -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Here's what Biden had said in his debut as the presumptive Democratic vice presidential nominee:

"Ladies and gentlemen, my wife Jill, who you'll meet soon, is drop dead gorgeous. My wife Jill, who you'll meet soon, she also has her doctorate degree, which is a problem. But all kidding aside ..."

Pelosi, who had spent much of the lunch depicting an America in dire straits after eight years of a Republican administration, didn't miss a beat: "Lighten up," she said. "We've got a planet to save."

She added that if Biden found his wife beautiful, "That's A-OK."

But what about the PhD part of Biden's comment? That's what sparked reaction in the blogosphere, including an item by Adele Stan on Huffington Post headlined: "Careful Joe! 'Smart Women" Jokes a Dicey Game."

I don't know what's more precious here: the new presumptive veep nominee dissing intelligence in women, or Nancy Pelosi--Nancy Pelosi!--telling angry feminists to "lighten up."

This is gonna be a blast, kids. Wait until the Democrats start attacking "political correctness" once ol' Joe really starts to let loose.


eutychus said...

Add this to the already volatile convention with the PUMA folks threatening action over the Hilary (non)nomination, the libs calling out the Denver police for preparing "another Gitmo", for possible mass arrests, the Denver mayor asking the police to lay off arresting folks for marijuana and we definitly have some "must see" politics. What fun.

Paul, just this guy, you know? said...

How many radical feminists does it take to change a light bulb?

Red Cardigan said...

Oooh! I know this one: "That's not funny!"

How many homeschooling mothers does it take to change a light bulb?

Red Cardigan said...

And here's the answer: One. But here's how it happens:

First, mom checks three books on electricity out of the library, then the kids make models of light bulbs, read a biography of Thomas Edison and do a skit based on his life.

Next, everyone studies the history of lighting methods, wrapping up with dipping their own candles.

Next, everyone takes a trip to the store where they compare types of light bulbs as well as prices and figure out how much change they'll get if they buy two bulbs for $1.99 and pay with a five dollar bill.

On the way home, a discussion develops over the history of money and also Abraham Lincoln, as his picture is on the five dollar bill.

Finally, after building a homemade ladder out of branches dragged from the woods, the light bulb is installed.

And there is light. (Found in several places on the Internet; I don't know who wrote the joke, but I'm guessing it was a homeschooling mom!)

Oremus said...

HEY...I resemble that joke!! minus the ladder out of branches!!!

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