Yesterday being Irish Christmas and all, the White House let Joe Biden out to graze on a trough of shamrocks and do some gaffeing at two special events, even though — with support for health care reform hanging by thin, angry threads — the Obama administration can't afford to alienate anyone right now.
First there were the "planned gaffes" Biden let fly at the Radio & Television Correspondents' Dinner (from anyone else they'd be "jokes," but this is Vice President Biden, so we are required by law to call them "gaffes"). Sample:
Biden on his dog Champ: "You can see he's a Democratic dog. He's biting the hand that feeds him."
Even Joe Biden's dog won't vote yes on health care. What are we down to now? 59? 42? 48 and a half?
Then there was an "unplanned gaffe" at a St. Patrick's Day ceremony with Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen…
Biden asked for God's blessing for the late mother of Cowen — except she is alive.
"God rest her soul," Biden said Wednesday night, before quickly turning around and correcting himself. "Although she's — wait — your mom's still alive. It was your dad who passed."
Biden quickly followed, "God bless her soul."
Great. Health care reform is officially screwed.
(Not because of Joe Biden's comment about Mrs. Cowen! Just because.)
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