I read the Drudge Report every day just to follow the antics of Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden. I like political spectacle and the senator from Delaware seldom disappoints.
Recently he has contradicted Barack Obama on the economic bailout, called an Obama attack ad against John McCain “terrible,” said that Hillary Clinton might have been a better choice for vice president, asked a politician in a wheelchair to stand up, tapped a reporter on the chest and told him to work on his pecs and has now given the world this gem:
“When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn’t just talk about the princes of greed.”
Roosevelt was not president when the stock market crashed in 1929. Televisions in 1929 were experimental.
The quote reminds me of other impossible moments in American presidential history, like Washington’s midnight ride, Lincoln’s pickup basketball games, the time Theodore Roosevelt shot the Secretary of State for “looking at him askance,” when JFK landed on the moon and taught America to believe again and how Reagan single-handedly won the Cold War thanks to an orange tabby cat named Milo and a fawn pug named Otis who traveled across the country and along the way taught America to believe again.
I could go on.
There was also the time Andrew Jackson beat the entire state of Tennessee in a game of cards and when Grover Cleveland became the first president to serve, leave office and then return to the White House to pick up his hat, which he had forgotten, only to be informed that he was president again.
Mr. Biden, no matter what your advisors say, please keep talking.
Headline taken from the greatest military film of all time.