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Monday, August 22, 2011

Who's more arrogant, Joe Biden or Barack Obama?

I'm usually likely to think it's Mr. Obama, though in a more subtle and pernicious way than Biden's extreme narcissism, but after reading this, I just don't know:

Vice President Joe Biden may have managed to cure his own stammer but he still appears to be pathologically incapable of speaking of his own accomplishments without exaggerating. In an address he made today to students at Sichuan University in China today, he stated that he has had “an opportunity to literally meet every major world leader in the last 38 years”.

The statement came in response to a questioner who praised him as an “accomplished public speaker” and asked him about the role public speaking had played in his life. First, Biden compared himself to King George VI, apart from ”the royal blood and the money”:

I don’t know whether you’ve had an opportunity to see a movie that has gotten worldwide circulation called “The King’s Speech”. Well, but for the royal blood and the money, that could have been me. I was a serious stutterer when I was in school as a child, as a high school student, and even into college. And I practiced very, very hard by myself, standing in front of a mirror, trying to annunciate without contorting my face.

Having promised to “order my thoughts here to make this as brief as I can”, Biden went on a rambling meditation about how ”the most important thing to look to in a leader’s speech is not the elegance or the rhetorical flourish of his or her comments, but the judgment of whether or not you believe they are sincere in what they’re saying”. Which could sound to some like a veiled shot at Obama.

Next, Biden provoked laughter by imitating a stammerer and then says that it is offensive to laugh. Then he professed himself to be embarrassed that he cannot speak Chinese...

It's amazing that such a clown can be so enamored of himself. You can say whatever you want about Sarah Palin-- who's no stranger to narcissism-- but she isn't half as boastful as Biden, and she isn't a tenth as dimwitted.

I never got the media's fawning love for Biden and simultaneous hatred for Palin, who they castigated as stupid, inexperienced, and from a small state that doesn't really matter-- and what on earth does Biden have to show for his decades as a Senator from freaking Delaware, where if his wife and grandmother voted for him, he'd get to keep his seat every six years?

(And don't worry; I actually do get it. It has to do with the letters next to their names and the fact that Biden was riding the coattails of The One, while Palin was actually the best part of her ticket.)

Wes Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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