The Lighter Side of Presidential Politics

Tonight is America’s chance to have a bit of fun, courtesy of our competing candidates for the office of Vice-President.  Which is not to say, of course, that they are not serious men.  Simply that the job for which they are contending has historically been a much less important one that their boss’s.  While the possibility always exists that they could be handed the reins of government in a literal heartbeat, this has been rather infrequent in American history.

Joe Biden and Paul Ryan are apparently both very likeable men, and their “conversation” tonight will probably be much less high-stakes than just about anything that is going to happen in the election battle over the next four weeks.  In the spirit of this reality, here are some fun facts for you to enjoy.

Joe Biden’s strange aphorisms are well-known.  So enjoy them and look forward to more tonight:

  • “Folks, I can tell you I’ve known eight presidents, three of them intimately.” –Joe Biden, Aug. 22, 2012

    Seen here auditioning for the role of “The Joker.”

  • “A man I’m proud to call my friend. A man who will be the next President of the United States — Barack America!” –Joe Biden, at his first campaign rally with Barack Obama after being announced as his running mate, Springfield, Ill., Aug. 23, 2008
  • “Look, John’s last-minute economic plan does nothing to tackle the number-one job facing the middle class, and it happens to be, as Barack says, a three-letter word: jobs. J-O-B-S, jobs.” –Joe Biden, Athens, Ohio, Oct. 15, 2008

He’s going to have to work hard to keep up with Katniss.

Paul Ryan is unique as well…but more, perhaps, for the facts of his life than public misspeaking:

  • He used to drive the Wienermobile.  Surely a vice-presidential first.
  • Ryan is a skilled bow-hunter.  This will come in handy, especially if American slips into Hunger Games style chaos.
  • He likes to catch catfish with his own hands.  This seems like a metaphor for…something, but in his case it is literally true.  I’m glad he’ll have something challenging to do as Vice-President.

So there we have it.  While the debate tonight could certainly be the most pivotal hinge upon which the whole of the election turns, I suspect it will not.  So let’s just enjoy these two curious men as they hang out together on stage.  Who knows: maybe the evening will turn into a game of “who can say the craziest thing” (advantage Biden) or target practice (clearly, no contest).

I’ll be back tomorrow with some thoughts about the debate as we head into the weekend.

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5 comments on “The Lighter Side of Presidential Politics

  1. Fuzzbuster says:

    I have always prided myself on calling it the way I see it: Joe Biden is a real embarrassment in the Biden-Ryan debate. He made some good points against Ryan. And, several times Ryan had not reply of substance to what Biden said. However, Joe Biden looked like an Evil Clown – something straight out of those “Chucky” movies, or even like Batman’s Joker. Why did VP Biden have to engage in such crazy antics? It was completely unnecessary. The man came across as a complete nut, or the 4th grade bully that everyone hates. Lets hope that Barack Obama steps up his game in the next debate. I’ll give him another chance, but I’ll tell you, if President Obama can’t beat Romney in this next debate, I’m starting to think that maybe he shouldn’t get a second term.

    • Joshua R. Ziefle says:

      I’ll ask you the same question some commenters have asked me: is it right and proper to base your voting decision on a debate?

      • jrosenberry1 says:

        I think you should go into a debate well educated on the topics in general. Debates should clarify confusing points but shouldn’t make your mind up for you.

        As to what I’ve seen in the debates so far: 1) Biden was right to laugh in the face of Ryan’s lies, and 2) Obama is going to have difficulty debating someone who is position-less and specifics-less.

        The Romney campaign – repeatedly – says one thing while Romney himself says whatever the people around him want to hear. And he has very few concrete ideas on how to accomplish his promises-of-the-day. Hopefully the American people will be wise enough to catch on to this.

  2. James says:

    Just like Obama had so many concrete ideas on how to accomplish his promises… Create Jobs…answer:Hope! build up our economy…answer:change! become a world leader again… answer: apologize HOPElessly to other countries for not following by their rules. Obama has made a joke of America to other countries, and he is gladly letting them purchase us all together. (ehhrrrmm… China. *cough*cough*) I am sorry that America is ignorant, for not seeing through Obama’s dazzling campaign only filled with distractions to blind you of the truth. And I’m disappointed to say we realized this too late, and Obama’s decisions in the next coming years are going to affect us, and our children.

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