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Biden Says He Was Still VP During COVID and Obama Sent Him to 'Fix It'

  
Via:  Just Jim NC TttH  •  one month ago  •  22 comments

By:   Jake Lahut (The Daily Beast)

Biden Says He Was Still VP During COVID and Obama Sent Him to 'Fix It'
"When I was vice president, things were kind of bad during the pandemic," the president said.

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"When I was vice president, things were kind of bad during the pandemic," the president said.

Jake Lahut


Politics Reporter

Published May 20, 2024 12:24PM EDT

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President Joe Biden erroneously claimed on Sunday he was still serving as vice president during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking at a dinner for the NAACP in Detroit, Michigan, Biden went on a tangent proclaiming he was on the ground in the state to help out as the virus raged on, at the request of former President Barack Obama.

"And when I was vice president, things were kind of bad during the pandemic," Biden said. "And what happened was, Barack said to me, 'Go to Detroit, and help fix it.' Well the poor mayor, he spent more time with me than he thought he was ever going to have to. God love you."

Biden was referring to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, who took office while Biden was still VP back in 2014.

The president has spoken previously about the bond he struck up with Duggan, dating back to a meal they shared in Detroit shortly after the mayor won his 2013 election.

In the report from Special Counsel Robert Hur, which cleared Biden of any criminal charges over his handling of classified documents, the president also appeared to be confused about when his term in office began and ended.

"In his interview with our office, Mr. Biden's memory was worse," Hur said in his report. "He did not remember when he was vice president, forgetting on the first day of the interview when his term ended ('if it was 2013—when did I stop being Vice President?'), and forgetting on the second day of the interview when his term began ('in 2009, am I still Vice President?')."

The Biden campaign did not immediately return a request for comment.


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Just Jim NC TttH
Professor Principal
1  seeder  Just Jim NC TttH    one month ago

And all the time yelling to boot..............his cornbread ain't done in the middle

 
 
 
George
Junior Expert
2  George    one month ago

Biden did a bang up job on Covid if killing Americans was the goal, He had vaccines and treatments his entire presidency and still managed to kill more people than trump. 

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
Professor Principal
2.1  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  George @2    one month ago

And by his own standard, he should have stepped down with that many COVID deaths.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
Professor Principal
3  Sean Treacy    one month ago

Perfectly normal 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
4  Vic Eldred    one month ago

He is totally UNFIT.

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Senior Guide
5  Right Down the Center    one month ago

Getting harder and harder to say Joe would do less damage than Trump as president.  Expect an article or two trying to declare Trumps mental collapse is worse than Joes.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
Professor Principal
5.1  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Right Down the Center @5    one month ago
Expect an article or two trying to declare Trumps mental collapse is worse than Joes.

Expect that article will cover up all of Traitor Joes mental issues, gaffes and lies.  But then again we see them daily.

 
 
 
Tacos!
Professor Guide
5.2  Tacos!  replied to  Right Down the Center @5    one month ago

I mean which is worse? A guy who has spent his life inventing heroic stories for himself and is clearly in cognitive decline? Or arguably the biggest narcissist/asshole to ever get anywhere near the White House, and who also, by the way, is totally incompetent at the job.

It’s a legitimate question. This is our actual choice.

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Senior Guide
5.2.1  Right Down the Center  replied to  Tacos! @5.2    one month ago
It’s a legitimate question.

Assuming one doesn't vote third party I would think voting for whose administrations accomplishments better aligned with the individual. 

 
 
 
afrayedknot
Junior Quiet
5.2.2  afrayedknot  replied to  Tacos! @5.2    one month ago

“…It’s a legitimate question.”

And a surreal circumstance in which no concerned citizen should ever be subjected, but must be willing to shoulder some of the blame.

We find ourselves in a total vacuum of leadership…from candidate to party to legislator. Abhorrent. 

 
 
 
Tacos!
Professor Guide
5.2.3  Tacos!  replied to  Right Down the Center @5.2.1    one month ago

I think that's ultimately more about Congress than the White House, and that branch is even more dysfunctional.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
Professor Principal
5.2.4  Sean Treacy  replied to  afrayedknot @5.2.2    one month ago

e find ourselves in a total vacuum of leadership…from candidate to party to legislator. Abhorrent. 

Because both parties have decided that admitting the other side was correct about someone on their side  (neither is fit for office) is impossible and so long as their candidate caters to their partisan demands (Morehouse college speech) they will defend them beyond the point of rationality. That their candidate's faults  drive the other side to distraction is a positive.  It explains both parties nominating and sticking with Hillary, Trump and Biden despite other candidates in both parties being manifestly better suited for office and even more electable. Better to stick it to the other side  and risk losing with someone the other side detests.  

 
 
 
afrayedknot
Junior Quiet
5.2.5  afrayedknot  replied to  Sean Treacy @5.2.4    one month ago

“Better to stick it to the other side  and risk losing with someone the other side detests.”

Perhaps the most accurate description of the current morass in which we find ourselves. And also the saddest and most terrifying thing one could imagine. 

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
Professor Principal
5.2.6  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Right Down the Center @5.2.1    one month ago
Assuming one doesn't vote third party

Sadly there are those that don't believe there is a 3rd party option.  

 
 
 
TᵢG
Professor Principal
5.2.7  TᵢG  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @5.2.6    one month ago

Most everyone knows that there is always the option to vote third party.   We have had third parties since well before any of us were born.

What we do not have in 2024 is a viable third party candidate.   (Viable = could realistically win the presidency)  The closest is RFK Jr. and he can at the very best only be a spoiler.  

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
Professor Principal
5.2.8  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  TᵢG @5.2.7    one month ago
Most everyone knows that there is always the option to vote third party.

Thank your for backing my comment.  

 
 
 
TᵢG
Professor Principal
5.2.9  TᵢG  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @5.2.8    one month ago

Who are these people who you think do not know that one can vote third party ... who "don't believe there is a 3rd party option"?

 
 
 
Nerm_L
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6  Nerm_L    one month ago

Joe Biden is timeless; therefore, ageless.  This is what happens when a politician tries to be all things to all people for over 50 years.  

 
 
 
Tacos!
Professor Guide
7  Tacos!    one month ago

I swear to God, this guy needs to retire.

So, - like most people, I assume - my reaction to this initially, was along the lines of “what the actual fuck is he talking about?” I theorized (hoped) that maybe he had just had a word slip, and substituted “pandemic” for something else. For example, back in April, he switched “June” and “January” - not that big of a mistake, since they both begin with J.

So I thought maybe when he was VP, Obama did send him to Detroit to solve some problem - just not the pandemic, obviously.

Well, the major thing that happened in Detroit in those years was the bankruptcy. Did Obama send Biden to Detroit to solve their bankruptcy problems? No! But incredibly, that didn’t stop Biden from inventing the story, which he delivered in 2019, during a Democratic primary debate .

Q (Tapper): What do you say to progressives who worry that your proposals are not ambitious enough to energize the progressive wing of your party, which you will need to beat Donald Trump?

A (Biden): ... Number three, number three, I also was asked, as the mayor of Detroit can tell you, by the president of the United States to help Detroit get out of bankruptcy and get back on its feet. I spent better part of two years out here working to make sure that it did exactly that.

What on earth is Joe Biden talking about? I followed the Detroit bankruptcy case fairly closely and never once heard of any involvement from Biden. A google search for "Biden Detroit bankruptcy" shows an involvement consisting of all of one lunch with the Mayor of Detroit.  Maybe Biden was deeply involved behind the scenes, but I doubt it, as the federal government simply didn’t do anything to help out Detroit.

So, this is what happens when a guy who has been full of shit his whole life goes senile. He invented a bullshit story, and years later, his addled brain has now confused that lie with a completely different topic.

What a mess.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Junior Expert
8  Drinker of the Wry    one month ago

I sometimes forget a name or why I went into a room, but Covid was 3 years after the Obama administration.

”And when I was vice president, things were kind of bad during the pandemic,” Biden said. “And what happened was, Barack said to me, ‘Go to Detroit, and help fix it.’ Well the poor mayor, he spent more time with me than he thought he was ever going to have to. God love you.”

Perhaps Hur was right:

“In his interview with our office, Mr. Biden’s memory was worse,” Hur said in his report. “He did not remember when he was vice president, forgetting on the first day of the interview when his term ended (‘if it was 2013—when did I stop being Vice President?’), and forgetting on the second day of the interview when his term began (‘in 2009, am I still Vice President?’).”

 
 
 
Greg Jones
Professor Participates
9  Greg Jones    one month ago

To answer the main question...I think Trump will start to repair some of the damage that Biden and the progressives have done. No need to go into detail of what they have done wrong since we see examples of it every day. I can't see the Dems winning unless they replace Biden, like right now. Hopefully the Republicans will be able to keep the House and win a handful of seats in the Senate.

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
10  Sparty On    one month ago

When it comes to lying, Trump is a poor mans Biden.

 
 

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