by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
You’ve likely seen the creepy video of Vice President Joe Biden planting his hands on the shoulders of the new defense secretary’s wife while whispering in her ear. As John Podhoretz explains for New York Post readers, that was just the start of Biden’s day of inappropriate behavior.
In the afternoon, he spoke at the White House summit to combat violent extremism and made reference to the people of Somalia, who have suffered for decades under the yoke of warlords and Islamists.
Of the Somalis living in his home state of Delaware in the capital of Dover, he said this: “If you come to the train station with me, you’ll notice I have great relationships with them because there’s an awful lot driving cabs and are friends of mine. For real. I’m not being solicitous. I’m being serious.”
The thing is, he was being serious.
He was actually claiming to possess special knowledge of the woes of Somalis from having taken rides in their taxis. Aside from the offense provided by the some-of-my-best-friends-are-black trope here, does anyone actually believe that Biden has ever let a cab driver, Somali or otherwise, get a word in edgewise? Or anyone else, for that matter?
So a little groping in the morning and a little racial stereotyping in the afternoon; sadly for Biden, he had no evening events planned, or he might have hit the trifecta.
Yes, this is just Biden being Biden — which is to say, he’s a socially inappropriate logorrheic. …
… It was of far more moment to the media that Rudy Giuliani, nearly 14 years out of office, said something slighting about Obama at a private dinner than that Joe Biden behaved grotesquely in two public sessions in his official capacity as the damn vice president of the United States.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word “bias” thus: “Prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair.” The Giuliani v. Biden hijinks this week is the pluperfect example of media bias.