October 11, 2012 |
Jena McGregor is a columnist for the Washington Post's On Leadership section. It's nearly impossible to read anything about Vice President Joe Biden that doesn't focus on his loquaciousness, his old-fashioned politicking, his warm and high-touch approach on the campaign trail, and his propensity for saying things he shouldn't. It's as if the world's political editors joined together and made a rule that no profile of Joe Biden should ever be published that doesn't include the adjective "gaffe-prone.
May 10, 2013
I was amused to learn this week that a baby boomer can be both old and young at the same time. Regarding Vice President Biden's presidential chances in 2016 [" For Biden, dreams vs. realities ," front page, May 3], the question was raised: "Would the country effectively turn backward by picking a baby-boomer white man to succeed a youthful black president?" Clearly we are to read baby boomer as "old. " I can well imagine that, for those whose parents (or even grandparents) were born during the years 1946 to 1964, the term may well be...
October 11, 2012 |
Watching Joe Biden hammer Paul Ryan on Medicare before looking into the camera and saying "listen to your instincts, folks," I couldn't help thinking – if Democrats have their classic case well in place on Medicare (and Social Security), why did the last Pew poll have Romney beating Obama 58-37 among seniors? Several politically active Democrats I've talked to have been surprised if not stunned by this fact – most assume Democrats are winning seniors precisely because Paul Ryan put the GOP's head into the noose on Medicare.
August 25, 2008 |
Editor's note: We bring you this column as part of our RePosted feature, where we dig through our archives to find opinion pieces that shed light on current events. On Jan. 6, 1988, David Broder wrote about his impressions of Joe Biden, who had recently withdrawn from the '88 presidential race amid allegations of plagiarism. Biden was announced as the vice presidential pick of Barack Obama on Saturday. Broder writes about the pick and references his 1988 interview today. This nation has been built by men and women...
August 25, 2008
Well, Barack Obama has finally flip-flopped on everything he stood for. He's reversed his campaign theme of "Change" to "Inside Washington. " Joe Biden, with his 36 years inside Washington, is anything but change. Mr. Biden symbolizes all the things Mr. Obama said he loathed in the primary. By choosing Mr. Biden as his running mate [front page, Aug. 24], Mr. Obama has played directly into the Republicans' emphasis on his lack of experience. Yes, experience counts, but Mr. Obama did not have the audacity to pick...
August 15, 2012 |
The 2012 presidential campaign could bear a new subtitle: A Tale of Two Catholics. For the first time in U.S. history, both sides of the ballot include Roman Catholics: Democrats' Vice President Joe Biden, and Republicans' newly named vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan. Ryan, 42, still belongs to the Catholic parish, St. John Vianney in Janesville, Wis., where he was an altar boy. Biden, 69, the first Catholic vice president in U.S. history, attends Mass at St. Patrick's Parish and St. Joseph on the Brandywine Church, both...