September 15th, 2008
08:00 PM ET
10 years ago

Biden introducer: Palin is 'bucket of fluff'

FLAT ROCK, Michigan (CNN) – Barack Obama and Joe Biden have been saving their fire on the stump for McCain and all but ignoring Sarah Palin. But a nervous supporter who introduced Biden in Flat Rock didn’t have any qualms about jabbing the Alaska governor.

“Barack Obama has made an intelligent choice for the vice presidency,” said Barbara Theaker from the podium, “How so very different this is from that bucket of fluff that the Republican candidates have chosen for the same position.”

Watch the introduction at Monday's Biden rally

Biden smiled and moved towards the edge of the stage feigning an attempt at escape but came back, taking the mic a few minutes later. “I’ll tell you what, you are good,” Biden said. “My lord, all I need is ten of you in America and this is a walk home.”

Filed under: Joe Biden • Sarah Palin
soundoff (154 Responses)
  1. Trollmaster

    Let's see how fast a McCain campaign staffer plays the sexist card.

    Maybe they'll even get Al Sharpton to help this time and give Republicans lessons how to play a better victim.

    September 15, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |

    she is not just a bucket of stuff.

    she is a bucket of sleazy stuff.

    September 15, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  3. CJ

    Well good for Barbara!

    Biden is definitely more substantial then Palin . I can see the analogy.

    Now Palin she is hollering foul with Troopergate and it was started in July before her VP pick by MCCain.
    She was warned it could backfire.
    Now it is Obama's campaign doing this.
    She is not fluff , she is just full of it!

    September 15, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  4. Andy - Atlanta, GA

    And if McCain "kick's the bucket" any time soon... the fluff is going to hit the fan!

    September 15, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  5. L VA

    How repugnant! Just goes to show me how desperate the democrats have become – just keep on demeaning women and seniors and you'll see what happens in November! Get a grip on yourselves!

    September 15, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |

    oh boo hoo Sharon....get a life.

    September 15, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  7. McCryptKeeper/Cruella 08

    News flash Shannon (aka Plant "PUMA') the Democratic party was the first to nominate a woman for VP and put up a SERIOUS female contender for the Presidency...her name was, um, Hillary Clinton.

    September 15, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  8. Sammy

    I forsee the next talking point tomorrow: sexism!

    Oh and it doesnt matter that the comment was by a woman. Carly Fiorina called Tina Fey's impersonation on SNL sexist of all things. Now thats pandering. To her credit apparently Palin saw the skit and thought it was funny.

    Also, while perhaps an argument can be made about 'fluff' wording, the meaning was clear and fair. But the McCain campaign shouldnt make too big of a deal about it because it could have been worse. The first thing that came to mind was that at least she wasnt called a bucket of something else thats not nearly as pleasant.

    September 15, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  9. lets do it

    i say sarah should challenge michelle to join her on oprah...

    watch both gals will refuse to take on sarah...

    September 15, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  10. kgdexter

    I truly fear that if this woman is elected, it will be a very long time before another one will be. The mantra will be, "what a mistake that was! Better never do that again"! It can't be just any woman, it has to be the RIGHT woman, and Palin most certainly isn't it!

    September 15, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  11. GT in CA

    She wouldn't be on the ticket if she wasn't fluffy.

    September 15, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  12. John 64 years old Independent

    Yes, she is a bucket full! But what is the question?

    Sarah, has a complete disregard for the truth and her stance about open government is squashed by her failure to explain what she had to do with influence peddling in Alaska,

    So who is Sarah?

    A ambitious housewife that craves for power or a psycho-power craven ideologue?

    September 15, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  13. Stan

    That part of America that votes for McCain and Palin DESERVES McCain and Palin. Let those folks could have them all to themselves and the rest of us will get on with trying to repair this country and make the world a better place for our kids. America is not the joke McCain's handlers are trying to make it.

    September 15, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  14. Sue in MI

    Palin should be ashamed of herself. Promoting her transparent government management style while she refuses to be interviewed, refuses to cooperate in an investigation she says is baseless (if it were, wouldn't she cooperate and be done with it?) and has more to hide than Bush, it seems. I'm a Hillary Democrat who hopes to never see Palin anywhere near the White House with her guns and snowmobiles and tanning beds and constant lies about the wonderful accomplishments she had in Alaska-how much in earmarks?

    September 15, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  15. Kenda

    Why won't Gov. Palin cooperate with investigators? There is something fishy here....maybe the "Barracuda" is hiding something. It's starting to stink in Alaska!

    September 15, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  16. Peggy

    I am not an American, I don't live in the USA either. I am amazed to see how Americans have come to hate one another. I would tell Anericans to find something positive to do, get involved in global problems like poverty, diseases. Do what Matt Damon just did; he put on rubber boots and he went to Haiti to feed the victims of hurricanes Gustav, Hanna and Ike. That might help you appreciate your luck, your life.

    September 15, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  17. Peter (CA)


    Please pay attention. The Palin nomination is a joke meant to pander to Hillary supporters. Please don't tell me this is sign that the Republicans are concerned about the rights of women.

    The Democrats put a woman on the ticket 24 years ago. This year, a woman came very close to being nominated for President.

    If Palin wants to come out and be part of the ticket, then she is going to have to expect that there will be punches. Remember, she is the one who came out with the ugly speech during the convention. She is the one refusing interviews, she is the one who lies about the bridge and going to Iraq, she is the one who says she is the second coming of Hillary but disrespected Hillary last spring as some kind of whiner.

    September 15, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  18. Ito

    Joe Biden still alive?

    September 16, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  19. Reagan

    Funny how the Obama camp sling mud like school yard children then run screaming and crying when the kid getting picked on kicks back.

    A bucket of fluff? This is all they can do? What are some adult reasons I should not vote for McCain/Palin? Anyone?


    September 16, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  20. shirley henry

    Because Ms. Palin is cute & lives in Alaska, its ok to portray a VP candidate on a national newsmagazine smiling with a gun over her shoulder. And amazingly, the votes are rolling in for the McCain ticket. Everyone worried so much that Hillary Clinton was too "forceful" when she laid out the issues; this helped to hobble her campaign. Are the American people so stupid that their vote can be had for the novelty of seeing a cute woman carrying a gun? Are we only interested in the image and not the issues?

    September 16, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  21. Contrarian

    I can't wait to Obama and Biden invade Pakistan. Violating the territorial sovereignty of a declared nuclear power. Now there is a well thought out foreign policy initiative!

    September 16, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  22. Charlotte

    Democrats know fluff when they see it. They've been looking at it for almost two years now.

    September 16, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  23. The Future

    Suppose the financial system continues to melt down. McCain doesn't grasp that the U.S. economy is fragile. And if he keels over . . . do you really think Sarah Palin would have the intellectual chops to deal with this kind of problem? Face it, these are troubled times that call for someone with Obama's calm, deep intellectual skills.

    September 16, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  24. Dave-o, Honolulu HI

    I can think of buckets of a lot of things when thinking about the Republicans. Fluff is being very kind. I was thinking of a four letter word that starts with s...

    September 16, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  25. La Raza

    POOPIE---THIS--–IS---–ANNOYING!-------GO OBAMA-----–!!!!!!!!!

    September 16, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
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