If you thought Vice President Joe Biden’s gaffes were comical and abundant before, you’re going to love this: The White House has given the notorious gaffer his very own Twitter account so all Americans can get 140-charater-or-less snippets of Biden’s infinite wisdom throughout the day.
The account was active briefly during Barack Obama’s first campaign and then shut down.
The reopened account, @JoeBiden, unfortunately will be controlled largely by Biden’s handlers within the Obama campaign. But the frequent gaffer will also write some of his own messages, according to a tweet on the account that opened Monday.
Late show hosts and political satirists will likely scan Biden’s tweets for comic gems like the following verbal gaffes from the past:
- March 31, 2012 on “Face The Nation” — Biden contends that because of bailouts “General Motors is now the largest corporation in the world again.” — It isn’t even the largest corporation in the Nation.
- April 1, 2012 at a Democratic fundraiser — “I never had an interest in being a mayor, ’cause that’s a real job. You have to produce,” Biden said, according to a White House pool report. “That’s why I was able to be a senator for 36 years.”
- Sept. 22, 2008 in an interview with Katie Couric — “When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn’t just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed. He said, ‘Look, here’s what happened.” — In Biden’s 1929, Americans had television, but Herbert Hoover was nowhere to be found.
- Campaigning for Barack Obama in January 2007 — “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”
- Joe Biden, in a private remark to an Indian-American man caught on C-SPAN, June 2006 — “You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent…. I’m not joking.”
There are too many more to list. While it is understandable that a life of public speaking leads to some verbal mistakes, Biden has earned a sacred place among the monologues of most late-night TV show hosts.