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Hillary & Joe: The Poorest 2016 Presidential Contenders Yet

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Not to be outdone by Hillary Clinton’s statement that she and Bill left the White House “dead broke” and “struggled” to pay mortgages on two multi-million-dollar houses, Joe Biden announced he’s so poor he doesn’t even have a savings account.

Last week Hillary caused a seizure over at Fox News when she commented that she and Bill Clinton were “dead broke” after leaving the White House. While it’s true that the Clintons were in debt when they left the White House ( mostly because of legal bills), since leaving they’ve more than $100 million thanks to speeches and book deals.

Republicans quickly pounced on the remarks, claiming Hillary doesn’t understand the working man’s struggle.

“I think she’s been out of touch with average people for a long time,” said Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus. “Whether she was flat broke or not is not the issue. It’s tone deaf to average people.”

Not wanting to be labeled the next Mitt Romney, Hillary quickly backpedaled on her comments.

“Let me just clarify that I fully appreciate how hard life is for so many Americans today,” she said in a Tuesday interview with Good Morning America. “It’s an issue that I’ve worked on and cared about my entire adult life. Bill and I were obviously blessed, we worked hard for everything we got in our lives and we have continued to work hard.”

But no one works harder than Joe Biden at appearing like the Avergage Joe. Trying to strike up a folksy connection to his audience at the White House Working Families Summit, Vice President Joe Biden reminded people that even though he’s wearing a “mildy expensive suit” now, he used to be the poorest member in Congress.

“Don’t hold it against me that I don’t own a single stock or bond,” Biden said. “I have no savings account but I got a great pension and I got a good salary. For real.”

For real? Well, not really. Biden’s financial disclosure for the year 2013, which was filed last month, shows that he has both a savings account and 11 different investment funds. Still, the vice president’s not “Hillary Clinton rich”. His reported net worth of less than $800,000 is far less than many of his colleagues in Congress and he was the poorest senator when he joined the Obama ticket in 2008. Lesson learned: You can’t out-everyman Joe Biden!

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Current Event Cat of the Day: State of the Union Recap

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State of the Union recap: Obama spoke, Biden smiled, Boehner did his best grumpy cat impression.

Obama made is through his fifth annual State of the Union address last night, touching on five key points:

Income inequality: Noting that America is growing, but only for a few, Obama pledged to offer “a set of concrete, practical proposals to speed up growth, strengthen the middle class, and build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class”.

Screw You Congress: Obama promised to tackle economic inequality “with or without Congress,” signaling that he’s willing to bypass the stubborn bunch whenever and wherever possible. He also announced he will unilaterally raise the minimum wage for new federal contract staff.

Let Obamacare Be Great: Obama reiterated that Obamacare is here to stay and kindly asked Republicans to stop trying to repeal his signature healthcare overhaul. “Let’s not have another forty-something votes to repeal a law that’s already helping millions of Americans.”

Iran is My New BFF: Obama praised Iran for cooperating (to an extent) in regards to their nuclear weapons program. The president urged Congress to give it some more time and stop demanding new sanctions be placed on Iran.

 Sgt. Cory Remsburg Is Awesome and That’s Something We Can All Get Behind: Obama ended his speech by praising the military and saluting Sgt. Remsburg, an Army Ranger who was nearly killed by a bomb during his tenth deployment. Moral of the story: If Cory can recover, so can America – if Congress butts out that is…

But the best part of the State of the Union speech didn’t involve Obama at all, it was Joe Biden and John Boehner’s opposing facial expressions.  To the left of Obama, he have Joe Biden, smiling, animated, possibly drunk, and overall loving the speech. On the other side, there’s Tan Dad John Boehner. Aside from one friendly thumbs up, the perpetually orange House Speaker, who is darker than Obama at this point, looked like he’d rather watch paint dry than listen to a second more of Obama’s ramblings.

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Via: BBC News

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Current Event Cat of the Day: Obama’s Sochi Snub

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U.S. President Barack Obama announced that neither he nor Joe Biden will be attending the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. But he will send along a few gay delegates – just to stick it to Putin and his anti-gay laws.

Obama’s absence from the Sochi Olympics is a clear sign that the U.S. is concerned over human rights in Russia, especially the country’s anti-LGBT laws. The Sochi Games will mark the first time since 2000 that the U.S. will not send a president, former president, first lady or vice-president to the Games.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will go in Obama and Biden’s place, along with a few choice delegates including Billie Jean King and Caitlin Cahow, two openly LGBT athletes. Take that Russia!

White House spokesman Shin Inouye said the delegation “represents the diversity that is the United States” and that Obama “knows they will showcase to the world the best of America — diversity, determination and teamwork.” Can you add a few more diversities in there?

Obama claims his schedule doesn’t allow him to travel to Sochi, but Gay rights groups viewed the announcement as a strong statement.

“It’s hard to look at this delegation without seeing it as a criticism of Putin’s anti-gay laws. … What it’s doing is showing the true power of the Olympics, the ability to move people, to change people’s minds and open them up to new ways of thinking. The delegation is shining a light on the values of the Olympics,” said Andre Banks, the executive director of All Out.

And U.S. officials aren’t the only ones snubbing Sochi. German President Joachim Gauck and French President Francois Hollande announced earlier that they will not attend the Sochi Games. Although maybe it’s less about Russia’s “gay propaganda” laws and more about not wanting to endure a cold, dark Russian winter.

Via: Buzzfeed

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