Vice President Joe Biden hasn’t given a speech of any significance in a long time, if ever. But Thursday he delivered one that still has the nation reeling. Addressing a group of Iowans who were either paid to attend or were prison trustees given no choice in the matter, Biden, who’s been married to his wife Jill for 37 years, wondered aloud:
“Neal Smith,” Biden said, “an old butt buddy. Are you here, Neal? Neal, I miss you man. I miss you.”
Biden’s fondness for Amtrak is well known, but his affection for the 94-year-old Neal Smith, who represented Iowa in Congress from 1959 to 1995, seems to be on an entirely different level. A family member who asked not to be identified but seemed to share Biden’s gift of gobbledygook gab told Bud Fox News:
We don’t know what the hell just happened there. But we love President (sic) Biden. We’re proud of him. He’s such a gosh darned bad speaker that it took a lot of guts to get up there and say that in front of all those people. Even if he didn’t mean a lick of it. And anyway, they didn’t seem to be listening.
Considering Biden’s responsibilities as vice president wouldn’t overwhelm the manager of your local McDonald’s, the former Senator from Delaware should have plenty of time to figure out whether he meant even a lick of Thursday’s speech.