17 May

Biden’s Blue Collar Background Myth

                                       

So good ol’, “lovable” Joe Biden was in Youngstown Ohio yesterday, firing up the Base.

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MSNBC’s Martin Bashir is calling it “Biden’s fire vs. Romney’s misfires“.

“Vigorous blue collar battlecry”?! He “sounds like one of them”? Really?!?!

ABC News:

At a campaign stop in Youngstown, Ohio, today, Vice President Joe Biden lit into Republicans and their presumed presidential nominee Mitt Romney for what he described as a failure to understand the plight of the middle class.

“I resent when they talk about families like mine that I grew up in. I resent the fact that they think we’re talking about envy: it’s job envy, it’s wealthy envy; that we don’t dream,” an impassioned Biden told a crowd of manufacturing workers.

“My mother believed and my father believed that if I wanted to be president of the United States, that I could be, I could be vice president! My mother and father believed that if my brother or sister wanted to be a millionaire, they could be a millionaire! My mother and father dreamed as much as any rich guy dreams!

“They don’t get us! They don’t get who we are!” he yelled before the crowd, drawing loud applause.

And who is Joe Biden? Someone from a blue collar, working middle class family background?

Steve Chapman:

Joe Biden once got in trouble for plagiarizing a speech and inflating his academic record. So it will not surprise you to find that his famous working-class background turns out to be mythical. But it may surprise you to learn that Biden isn’t the one who has trouble with the facts.

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But the legend of Joe Biden, born in a welding shop, dies hard with political reporters, who find it easier to romanticize a gritty, hardscrabble childhood than a conventionally comfortable one.

The facts are there for anyone who wants to look at them.

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So where did he get his working-class reputation? Partly it comes from Biden’s streetwise demeanor and his preoccupation with the fact that his family wasn’t as well-off as some of the people he knew — which seems to have given him a permanent chip on his shoulder. Partly it comes from his frequent tributes to blue-collar folks, such as the firefighters who took him to the hospital when he suffered an aneurysm.

But mostly it reflects journalists’ weakness for simple, vivid narratives.

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Michelle Malkin on Uncle Joe’s audience a few days ago:

The nation’s vice campaigner in chief went on the attack against Republicans this week, clad in full populist armor. “These guys don’t have a sense of the average folks out there,” said The Everyman. “They don’t know what it means to be middle class.” But who was his audience?

Nope, not blue-collar workers in Allentown, Pa. Biden was speaking to an exclusive club of $10,000-per-couple campaign donors gathered at the home of the Senate’s $200 million man, Democratic Mass. Sen. John Kerry, in Georgetown, D.C.

That’s smack dab in the middle of Beltway America, where they like a twist of cognitive dissonance with their aperitifs.

The White House is once again drawing on the fantastical myth of middle-class Joe to portray Republicans as out-of-touch elitists. A Washington Post headline described Biden “digging back into his roots to move Obama forward.” But the administration’s leading populist poster child is a wretched symbol of entrenched Washington power. And his fables are getting oldy-moldy.

And on his speech in Youngstown yesterday, Malkin writes:

While Biden’s family came from humble beginnings, the wheeler-dealer politician and his family (including two lobbyist sons) have reaped the benefits of public office for nearly a half-century. The entrenched senior senator from Delaware amassed wealthy donors and crooked cronies over six Senate terms. These are some of the stories, reported in my book “Culture of Corruption,” that have been whitewashed out of the loquacious veep’s campaign folklore:

–Biden’s custom-built house in Delaware’s ritziest Chateau Country neighborhood, assessed at $2.5 million four years ago, is the Bidens’ most valuable asset. He secured the estate with the help of a corporate executive who worked for Biden’s top campaign donor, credit card giant MBNA. In 1996, Biden sold his previous mansion to MBNA Vice Chairman John Cochran. The asking price was $1.2 million. Cochran forked over the full sum. Biden then paid $350,000 in cash to real estate developer Keith Stoltz for a 4.2-acre lakefront lot. Stoltz had paid that same amount five years earlier for the undeveloped property.

–Among Pal Joey’s dearest old pals: campaign finance “rainmaker” William Oldaker, who showered generous benefits on both the elder Biden and his lobbyist son, Hunter; Baltimore-based Peter Angelos, whose law firm gave Biden $156,250; Wilmington-based Young Conaway Stargatt and Taylor, which kicked in $127, 979; and Pachulski Stang Zielhl and Jones, which donated $145,625, according to The American Lawyer.

–Disgraced trial lawyer Richard Scruggs donated $11,500 to Biden in 2008. After Scruggs was convicted of attempting to bribe a federal judge, Biden tried to show his ethical bona fides by donating the money to a worthy charity. But Biden couldn’t steer clear of nepotism. The money ended up with the National Prostate Cancer Coalition — a charity where, The American Lawyer pointed out, Biden’s son Hunter sits on the board of directors.

–Another Biden family pal in the trial lawyers’ community: Jeff Cooper. With his partner, John Simmons, the 39-year-old Cooper built one of the biggest asbestos litigation firms in the country. SimmonsCooper, based in Madison County, Ill., has donated a whopping $196,050 to Biden’s campaigns since 2003, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics in Washington, D.C. In that same time frame, the firm poured $6.5 million into lobbying against a key tort reform bill — which Sen. Biden worked hard to defeat. Without a hint of irony, Cooper extolled Biden’s anti-tort reform stance: “He understands the plight of the little guy and is against huge corporate interest.” But what Biden did was help fuel lucrative business for the tort bar. When courts in SimmonsCooper’s home base in Illinois finally started cracking down on what had become “America’s No. 1 judicial hellhole” for filing out-of-control tort claims, the firm turned East. And in Joe Biden’s Delaware, they created a new sanctuary.

Back on Obama 2012 Fantasy Island, Biden insists on marketing himself as the humble “son of an automobile man.” Give him this: He spins like a used-car salesman.

The Blaze also points out:

There are plenty of gems in that segment, but how about when he seems to catch himself while discussing his parents telling him he could be president if he wanted to, only to realize quickly he only ended up being vice president:

My mother believed and my father believed, that if I wanted president of the United States, I could be, I could be vice president. [Actual quote as it was delivered]

There’s also this:

I resent the fact that they think we’re talking about, we’re envy* — “it’s job envy”, “it’s wealth envy.” [Emphasis added]

President Obama is also hardly of a modest means, non-privileged background.

Yet Democrats continue to identify themselves with the working middle class rather than with the 1 percenters.

This entry was posted in Class Warfare, Joe Biden, John Kerry, Liberal Idiots, Mitt Romney. Bookmark the permalink. Thursday, May 17th, 2012 at 5:22 am
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10 Responses to Biden’s Blue Collar Background Myth

  1. silverfiddle says: 1

    To steal a quote from William F Buckley, Biden is a pyromaniac in a field of straw men. What a shouty speech!

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  2. annie says: 2

    Why is it when Howard Dean yelled he lost this jerk yells and he is applauded…..I think there is something seriously wrong with him…………….I am so tired of this administration deviding the country….

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  3. oil guy from Alberta says: 3

    Its now very common to have politicians bs their resumes to further their careers. Cases in point:
    Delta Force Bamster

    Sitting Bull Warren of the Harvard Tribe

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  4. Nan G says: 4

    Obama/Biden speak about ”them,” (this time ”the rich”) as if ”they” are a race.
    “They” are people of all races, colors, creeds, religions and ages.
    “They” can rise into becoming one of ”them,” from the poor or middle class.
    (Or at least ”they” used to be able to do that.)

    Nowadays, under Obama, the poor are getting poorer, the middle class are losing ground.
    I read that one in five U.S. households owes more on credit cards, medical bills, student loans and other non-collateralized debts than they possess in savings and other liquid assets!
    The proportion of families with no savings or other liquid assets rose to 23.4 percent in 2011, up from 18.5 percent in 2009.
    4.1 million families are in homes but are behind on their mortgage.
    10 percent of families had $30,000 or more in credit card or other non-collateralized debt last year, up from 8.5 percent in 2009.

    Obama and Biden meanwhile joke about shovel-ready jobs, make up numbers of ”saved OR created” jobs, cause inflation in food and fuel.
    Hahaha.
    Big f’n deal.
    Really funny.

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  5. Aleric says: 5

    Lets see Joe Biden live on my salary and benefits and then preach about how he had it hard in life.

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  6. FAITH7 says: 6

    Elitist Biden, Barry and Company…. they are all LYING to push their political agenda… to continue to be incompetent and destroy our economy, our jobs, our livelihood, our lives…. cripple AMERICA !! Joe Biden useful idiot!! Americans are not ALL stupid you elitist jerk!

    I found a video on you tube titled “Joe Biden drunk on Campaign trail” he was speaking with a crowd in Beaver, PA, along with Mrs. Biden, Barry and Moochelle back in 2008. Joey was telling the crowd ‘how/why he left’ and moved to Delaware. Here is the good part, he describes ‘where’ he grew up in PA. He kind of garbles the “area of a neighborhood” …but he specifically says the neighborhood…. I had to listen to it a few times before I could understand the name… it starts about the 1:28 mark… http://youtu.be/4TBNeNHHXEY

    The area? – “The Green Ridge Neighborhood Northern Scranton, PA”…an Historic Neighborhood with “stately historic homes” Check out the Green Ridge Photo Tour Pics here:
    http://www.city-data.com/forum/northeastern-pennsylvania/196698-green-ridge-photo-tour.html

    This neighborhood is not what anyone would consider a “blue collar” Neighborhood even by today’s standards….

    Biden is a Liar!! Biden is barry’s useful idiot! Barry is he biggest Liar! You Lie!!! Ugh!!

    Liberalism = Failure for America!

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  7. anticsrocks says: 7

    Now I might buy the fact that Biden has IQ envy…

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  8. ginge says: 8

    So this is written by michelle malkin herself with very sarcastic intonations of wrongdoing, but if u omit them, she refutes her own futile argument beginning with her first sentence. While Biden’s family came from humble beginnings, the wheeler-dealer politician and his family (including two lobbyist sons) (ONE OF HIS SONS IS THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF DELAWARE AND AN IRAQ WAR VETERAN – not sure about the other one, but when did cons start objecting to lobbyists – oh yeah, when they r democrats) have reaped the benefits of public office for nearly a half-century. The entrenched senior senator from Delaware amassed wealthy donors and crooked cronies over six Senate terms. These are some of the stories, reported in my book “Culture of Corruption,” that have been whitewashed out of the loquacious veep’s campaign folklore:
    WEATHLY DONORS; CROOKED DONORS –
    –Biden’s custom-built house in Delaware’s ritziest Chateau Country neighborhood, assessed at $2.5 million four years ago, is the Bidens’ most valuable asset. He secured the estate with the help of a corporate executive who worked for Biden’s top campaign donor, credit card giant MBNA. In 1996, Biden sold his previous mansion to MBNA Vice Chairman John Cochran. The asking price was $1.2 million. Cochran forked over the full sum. Biden then paid $350,000 in cash to real estate developer Keith Stoltz for a 4.2-acre lakefront lot. Stoltz had paid that same amount five years earlier for the undeveloped property.

    –Among Pal Joey’s dearest old pals: campaign finance “rainmaker” William Oldaker, who showered generous benefits on both the elder Biden and his lobbyist son, Hunter; Baltimore-based Peter Angelos, whose law firm gave Biden $156,250; Wilmington-based Young Conaway Stargatt and Taylor, which kicked in $127, 979; and Pachulski Stang Zielhl and Jones, which donated $145,625, according to The American Lawyer.

    –Disgraced trial lawyer Richard Scruggs donated $11,500 to Biden in 2008. Before the sword of the indictment falls, Balducci and Patterson, as supporters of Joe Biden’s 2008 presidential campaign, FUNNEL A LARGE DONATION TO FRED THOMPSON, THE RETIRED SENATOR LUMBERING INTO THE GOP PRIMARIES, THROUGH A THIRD PARTY. THUS DO THE BIG DOGS HEDGE THEIR BETS.Thus do the big dogs hedge their bets. (my research)
    After Scruggs was convicted of attempting to bribe a federal judge, Biden tried to show his ethical bona fides by donating the money to a worthy charity. But Biden couldn’t steer clear of nepotism. The money ended up with the National Prostate Cancer Coalition — a charity where, The American Lawyer pointed out, Biden’s son Hunter sits on the board of directors. SO WHAT! CAN U THINK OF A BETTER PLACE THAN CANCER RESEARCH AND AWARENESS?
    –Another Biden family pal in the trial lawyers’ community: Jeff Cooper. With his partner, John Simmons, the 39-year-old Cooper built one of the biggest asbestos litigation firms in the country. SimmonsCooper, based in Madison County, Ill., has donated a whopping $196,050 to Biden’s campaigns since 2003, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics in Washington, D.C. In that same time frame, the firm poured $6.5 million into lobbying against a key tort reform bill — which Sen. Biden worked hard to defeat. he is supposed to do that; that is why he is a democrat. not corrupt; a representative.Without a hint of irony, Cooper extolled Biden’s anti-tort reform stance: “He understands the plight of the little guy and is against huge corporate interest.” But what Biden did was help fuel lucrative business for the tort bar. When courts in SimmonsCooper’s home base in Illinois finally started cracking down on what had become “America’s No. 1 judicial hellhole” for filing out-of-control tort claims, the firm turned East. And in Joe Biden’s Delaware, they created a new sanctuary.

    Back on Obama 2012 Fantasy Island, Biden insists on marketing himself as the humble “son of an automobile man.” Give him this: He spins like a used-car salesman.
    DEAR MICHELLE, IF JOEY WAS A CON, U WOULD BE CALLING HIM A HERO! God u cons r stupid!

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  9. Nan G says: 9

    Biden blamed Obama for people having the impression he (Biden) is ”blue-collar.”

    This is the video:
    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/06/15/biden_says_hes_not_blue_collar_no_one_in_my_family_worked_in_a_factory.html

    This is what Biden said:

    “My dad never worked in a Food Fair.
    My dad never wore a blue collar.
    Barack makes me sound like I just climbed out of a mine in Scranton, Pennsylvania carrying a lunch bucket.
    No one in my family worked in a factory.”

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  10. anticsrocks says: 10

    @ginge: Hey, no worries ginger! You favor graft, corruption and liars. We get it.

    By the way, spell check is a wonderful thing…

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