If journalism is still about the magic questions who, what, where, when and why, Vice President Joe Biden likely couldn’t get a job at the Scranton Times Tribune.
Here’s how President Obama’s second-in-command grapples with reality.
Who: Biden forgot the name of the Supreme Court Justice who swore him into office as vice president in January 2009. “I had the great honor of standing on that stage … looking across at one of the great justices, Justice Stewart,” he said. Actually, Justice John Paul Stevens swore him into office. Justice Potter Stewart died in 1985.
What: Biden doesn’t always seem to know what he is. During a May 2012 trip, he declared ,“So I get tired of being called a ‘Middle-class Joe,’ like that’s — somehow I’m just ‘Good ol’ Joe’ and, oh, I don’t dream.” Biden is hardly middle class. He owns a Wilmington, Delaware home estimated to be worth $2.8 million.
Where: During a campaign speech, Biden forgot where he was. “With you, we can win North Carolina!” he told voters triumphantly on Aug. 14 in the town of Danville — which is in Virginia, not North Carolina.
When: “Folks, where is it written we cannot lead the world in the 20th century in making automobiles?” he asked at Virginia Tech on Aug. 15, 2012. The twenty-first century began more than a decade ago.
Why: In 2008, Biden wasn’t sure why he was the vice presidential nominee over Hillary Clinton. “Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am to be vice president of the United States of America,” Biden said during the 2008 presidential campaign. “… Quite frankly, [she] might have been a better pick than me.”