Left: Senator Joe Biden, a man whose mouth must now accommodate his foot
(Washington, DC) Senator Joe Biden's quote about Barack Obama is one of the most ignorant things I have heard a politician say in years:
“I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” he said. “I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”
A couple of names for you, Joe. Jesse Jackson. Alan Keyes. Carol Moseley Braun. Al Sharpton. Shirley Chisholm.
All were black presidential candidates. All were "articulate," "bright," "clean," and at least three were "guys."
I'll leave the "good-looking" part to everyone's personal judgment. Yes, I know I left out Angela Davis, Eldridge Cleaver, and Lenora Fulani, but they were pretty far from the political mainstream. My apologies to any other African-American presidential candidates my tired brain forgot.
Now, I know that there is a contextual component to Biden's remarks, and I doubt that Biden is some kind of closet racist. But for a presidential contender to step on a landmine this explosive - on his first day of real campaigning - does not bode well for the future.
And let's face it - unless Biden was liquored up, there is no explanation for such a complete lack of tact and judgment in a public statement.
Better look for other work in 2009, Joe. You just killed your chances at the Democratic nomination for President.