December 2nd, 2008
10:55 AM ET
5 years ago

Biden to Palin: With the race over, ‘no one pays attention to me’

Biden said that Palin attending the NGA conference Tuesday is a sign the election is over.
Biden said that Palin attending the NGA conference Tuesday is a sign the election is over.

(CNN) – In the first few moments of his remarks to the National Governors Association Tuesday, Vice President-elect Joe Biden thanked fall rival Sarah Palin for attending the bi-partisan conference, saying it’s a “a metaphor for the fact that this election is over.”

“I want to thank all of you for being here and Governor Palin I want to thank you particularly," Biden said to the Alaska governor. “I think it is, I hope, the whole country can see it’s sort of a metaphor for the fact that this election is over and here we are.

“We’re all together, we’re all dealing with a common [economic] problem,” he continued. “This is not a Democrat or Republican problem, we’ve got ourselves a problem.”

President-elect Obama and his VP greeted Palin as they walked into the room to a standing ovation. In his opening comments, Biden lamented the lack of attention he now receives compared to Palin.

“As I told you when we walked in, since the race is over no one pays attention to me at all,” Biden told Palin as the governors laughed. “So maybe you’ll walk outside with me or something later and say hello to me.”

Biden’s comments were just his third set of public remarks since Election Day.


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  1. Sue in MI

    I can't believe that Palin still commands the respect of anyone. She ran a campaign of hate, almost caused riots with her vitriol toward Obama, a man she didn't even know, trots her children out like trophies, talks about family values, yet is never home (or charges her state per diem when she is,) was very involved with convicted felon Ted Stephens, LOVES pork dollars and socialistic payouts from over-taxing the oil companies, and some of you defend her? What is there to like about her? She barely speaks English (NUCLEAR, Sarah, not nucular), doesn't know history or geography, has two children who dropped out of school, God, I could write a book about her in the brief time she has put herself into the media spotlight. And those approval ratings? Could they be based on the Alaska law that gives every person (man, woman, child) a fat oil check every year? Wonder what happens to those (and her ratings) now that oil has dropped 75% in the past year?

    December 2, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. Greg Hodges

    The man has a sense of humour.

    December 2, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. Joyce

    Come to think of it, Joe held a very good position in the Senate as head of Foreign affairs committe. I thought that was pretty powerful. Now he is somewhat reduced to the side. But It's good to know that he participated in all the critical decision making that Barrack had done. That's a VP for you.

    I heard John Kerry would now hold that position. That was why he was no longer interested in Sec. of State post.

    December 2, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. SJC

    To Voice of Reason,

    First calling Obama "Barry" shows the value of your post. Worthless! Next saying that Biden has empty rhetoric while implying Palin speaks with profound intelligence shows the value of your opinion. Also worthless!

    December 2, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. NY republican

    Hey Joe the Old White Man – that's a BAD thing? Why?

    December 2, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  6. Rich

    The hate mongering liberals continue to spew their vermin long after they stole the election (the fake birth certificate? ACORN rigged votes? voter intimidation?). Jo Biden got a facelift and a dog muzzle as the campaign dragged on, making himself look like Joan Rivers and being told to shut up by the dems. Sarah Palin has a lot more to her credit than our current president-elect, but at least I am willing to give him the benefit to screw things up even more on his own with good ole Jo at his side, and the other face lifted to death witch Nancy Fregosi at the other side.

    December 2, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  7. Sue in MI

    ME
    City Council-in a town of 5000 people
    Mayor: same town, little bigger, and she hired a CITY MANAGER to run things for her
    Governor: Well, since Alaska has a part-time legislature, and since she has spent 4 other months running around the country out of her 22 months in office, not sure how much experience that is, plus Todd was never far from her phone conversations, e-mails, employee meetings, decision-making.
    Oil and Gas Commission: yeah, she's on it, what does that prove? She knows how to tax oil? That gas pipeline she touts has yet to be APPROVED, let alone built.

    December 2, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  8. NY republican

    @Vigla – supposition of what something would have been like if something else happened is NOT a FACT. So in a way you're right, "no one can argue that fact" but only because there is no fact.

    December 2, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  9. Unqualified

    I question Joe's choice of running mate.

    December 2, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  10. Average Joe

    I told you Joe, the bus is idling and he wants you under it . You shoulda listened.

    December 2, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  11. Jim_NH

    Joe Biden: The new Alexander Throttlebottom!

    Joe Biden will be a very small footnote. Like it or not, Sarah Palin will be around for a while.

    December 2, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  12. SJC

    To ME,

    You said:

    "He also had nearly 2 years to get ready for his first real interview. Palin had 2 months….picture him with Gibson's questions 2 weeks after he announced his candidacy…THAT would have been hilarious."

    First, what you're (probably unintentionally) saying is that McCain showed incredibly bad judgment by picking someone so unprepared.

    Second, one of the necessary criteria of intelligence is recognizing intelligence and stupidity in others. From your comment you seem to be saying that Palin is smarter than Obama. Deductively, guess what we can infer about you?

    December 2, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  13. NB

    I love Joe Biden and came to fully respect Obama the day he announced Biden as his running mate...I became fully involved in Obama-Biden campaign. Don't worry Joe, you have a huge fan base!

    December 2, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. Dee

    Could he be any cuter? lol. We love you Joe :-)

    December 2, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  15. NB

    And why does it bother MSM and detractors that Joe Biden is so popular with so many? We took time to learn about this gentleman...personally and politically...others should do the same.

    December 2, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  16. GA Independent

    I still love you Joe. I'd still keep my distance from that viper tho... no walks in the park with her! Read the Alaska papers to see what she's done to opponents and even supporters and friends in the past!

    December 2, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  17. Phil

    Joe,

    you are an idiot. Its better that no one is watching.

    December 2, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  18. dave

    STAND UP, JOE!!!!!!!

    God love, ya!

    December 2, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  19. MsBingo

    Ah say it ain't so Joe!

    No one pays attention to him because he's just not fun to laugh at compared to Palin.

    Hey Joe, it's a GOOD THINK buddy. You'll get plenty of face time over the next eight years God luv ya!

    December 2, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  20. Tim

    Viagla.....well unfortuantely you bring up some great points about Palin.....will you now bring up those same points about the bafoon who got elected for the highest office?

    December 2, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  21. Jim

    Like calling his running mate "Barack America", or stealing speeches?

    December 2, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  22. Market watcher

    I like Joe a lot, even if he DOESN'T know the difference between Radio and TV.

    December 2, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  23. Voice of Reason

    Vigla,

    You are correct that Republicans need to run people of intelligence, people who at least understand how the world works. That's why Huckabee did so well (pastor, counselor, Governor, rock musician, writer, small business owner, and now TV commentator). Palin was a good second-in-commnand, being co-owner of a fishing company (small business) and experience as mayor and Governor. Senators Brownback and Thompson would also have been good choices – there was just too much intelligence on the primary tickets, and cross-over democrats voted for the candidate least likely to succeed.

    December 2, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
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