November 10th, 2008
09:00 AM ET
10 years ago

Biden booed at Eagles-Giants game

Joe Biden went to the Eagles-Giants game Sunday and got booed.

Joe Biden went to the Eagles-Giants game Sunday and got booed.

(CNN) – People sure to draw the ire of Philadelphia sports fans: Cowboys players. Supporters of any visiting team. Presidential running mates.

Weeks after Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin got a brutal greeting at the rink, football fans gave a similar reception to Vice President-elect Joe Biden.

As Eagles fans watched their team lose to the New York Giants Sunday night, a shot of Biden on the big screen elicited boos from the notoriously tough home crowd, the Associated Press reports.

Biden sat in Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie's box, taking in the game during his first weekend off since Tuesday's election.

Sarah Palin was booed when she dropped the puck at the Philadelphia Flyers season opener in October. But Philadelphia is a heavily Democratic city, and Palin is not a Pennsylvania native. (Eagles fans also infamously threw snowballs at Santa Claus at a December 1968 game.)

Born in Scranton and now a resident of nearby Wilmington, Delaware, Biden calls himself an Eagles fan but emphasizes that his wife Jill, raised in the Philadelphia suburbs, is the real fan in the family.

"My wife is a die-hard Eagles fan, so we watch every Eagles game," Biden told reporters during a tour of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in September.

"I'm not allowed to say this," he added, whispering to the reporters, "but I also like the Giants."

So maybe it was the fact that Biden had no real allegiance to either team Sunday night that drew Philadelphians' ire, or perhaps it was simply the risk one takes attending a game in the City of Brotherly Love.

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soundoff (124 Responses)
  1. S. Boatman Warrensburg, Mo.

    I Dont Know Of Any Politician That Has Never Been Booed!

    November 10, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  2. tom

    What's not to boo?

    November 10, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |

    It's funny to hear some of you say CNN is using "subjective reporting" when they are one of the "in the tank" networks that was an extension of the Obama Campaign...LOL

    NY FOOTBALL GIANTS BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 10, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  4. Omentum

    Oval Office 2.0


    Now with more Intelligence.

    November 10, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  5. Jane

    Ridiculous reporting. I was at the game; there was a buzz going around that Biden was there, and when they showed him on the screen, he was cheered. The booing was to the call re: Manning's intentional grounding.

    November 10, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. Bogart

    The booing was clearly a result of the missed call by the refs on the field. It had nothing to do with Biden. Get your story right.

    November 10, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  7. Walter

    This is the false story of the day. I have already heard it on talk radio. The fans were booing the penalty (or non-penalty) call on the field. They were not booing Biden. Whatever happened to real journalism? In the real scheme of things this is not important. But if the press can't get the simple things right – how do we expect them to get the important ones right?

    November 10, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  8. TJ

    Do these people like anybody? The y booed McNabb, they booed Palin (I can't blame them for that one), they booed Biden, they booed Santa Claus...I wonder if they would boo Jesus?

    November 10, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  9. conservative

    Give a cheer for those football fans ! They recognize a fraud who is going to muck up their lives for the next 4 years!

    November 10, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  10. ob

    I do not think the fans were booing Biden. I was watching game and there was a bad call by the referee that went against The Eagle. The fans were booing that call the same time they show Biden on the big screen.

    November 10, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  11. Jeff in Portland

    They were booing at the bad no-call on the field, you morons. Try watching the game and not searching every corner for a political tabloid story.

    November 10, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  12. Tom in Delaware

    It's OK for you to be 'two-faced' Joe (just like Barack has love for the Rays) because, luckily, you have a foot for each mouth.

    November 10, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  13. Peggy

    Seems pretty obvious that the booing wasn't about Biden. CNN ought to pull this story quick.

    November 10, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  14. Beverly in Atlanta

    ok CNN, get real! they were booing, as well as myself, the non call on manning for intentional grounding. im a female who doesnt watch football religiously and i caught that! maybe if the AP reporter (and CNN for that matter) was actually WATCHING THE GAME, they wouldve caught that too.

    November 10, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  15. PatsFan1976

    They were booing the call on the field, not Biden. It was just unfortunate timing.

    November 10, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  16. George

    Yes, yes. intentional grounding occured. Elijiah got away with it. They were booing because of that. CNN you have lost my attention along with your objectivity.

    November 10, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  17. City of Brotherly Love .... Hardly

    They boo'd Santa Claus ....

    November 10, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  18. Tony

    Now that the election is over, I don't give a crap what Philly fans think.

    November 10, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  19. Noah

    Wow, and now Obama and Biden apologists are trying to argue that Biden was not booed. No, of course not. It had to be someone else. Who would dare boo the Annointed One's right hand man? These two politicians are Messiahs. Prophets. God-like men! Perhaps we should execute any detractors! You guys are getting very creepy...

    November 10, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  20. 30-m-PA-Democrat-voted McCain

    Remember, this was no landslide victory. McCain got 46% of the vote or 56 million voters!

    November 10, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  21. PJ

    "As Eagles fans watched their team LOSE..." Pretty much says it all- The GOP, like the Eagles, are a bunch of bumbling, egotistical, self-absorbed losers- their fans/supporters even worse. If you think Sarah Palin is competent and skilled, it's because you have the IQ and the skills of a retarded thrid grader. Go home and stay there. "To the GIANTS?" Wow- that's like losing to dead people...

    November 10, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  22. Dean in Florida

    Biden better get used to being booed at public appearances. He's such an idiot.

    November 10, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  23. bea

    The Giants won? Great!!!

    Who cares if they booed Biden?

    November 10, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  24. Derek Parker

    Everybody calm down. After years of being another source of Neocon and war propaganda, CNN, like all her fellow cable news sisters, is trying to find her voice in the new reality-based America.

    Maybe CNN will even return to being a sound news source for thinking Americans...nahhhh!

    November 10, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  25. Sarah

    At last, somebody has right mind to boo Joe Biden. I cannot stand that guy.

    November 10, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
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