Biden jokes he’s ‘made it to the presidency’ in tribute to nation’s firefighters
May 10th, 2013
04:20 AM ET
5 years ago

Biden jokes he’s ‘made it to the presidency’ in tribute to nation’s firefighters

Washington (CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden honored firefighters and public safety officers Thursday evening, telling them “you are always, always there.”

Biden, who formerly served as chairman of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus while in the Senate, also took a moment to tease the friendly crowd about his presidential ambitions, joking that the press “likes to point out that I ran for president twice but I never made it.”

“I want you to know that in 2004, I made it,” Biden said. “I’m a president emeritus of the Delaware Volunteer Fire Association. So I have made it to the presidency.”

The vice president also touted a forthcoming initiative from the Obama administration aimed at improving access to federal funding for families of fallen public safety officers.

“Families of fallen public safety officers have had to wait much, much, much too long for federal benefits that all of us at that table and me have fought so hard to make sure existed,” Biden said.

“That’s why I’m proud to tell you that on Monday – I don’t want to steal his thunder – but a guy’s been working around the clock to fix this. The Attorney General of the United States will have an announcement to make fixing that problem, finally,” Biden said.

Among the many groups of public safety officers to whom Biden gave personalized shout outs were the first responders who battled the deadly blaze caused by a fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas.

“When the call went out, volunteers went out.  ... They suited up and they headed out, put on their equipment and they jumped.  They jumped into the fray,” Biden said.

“Even then, some of the fire trucks ablaze, even then in the midst of the chaos, they held their ground. They contained the blaze within three hours. They never quit. They never quit. They never quit.”

Nine of those volunteer first responders were killed by the blast.

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soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. Richard Long

    The golden throne is finally at his fingertips! Rubio ruined his chances by supporting the Criminal Immigration Amnesty Bill. If he can get MSNBC and CNN to start reporting the truth about Benghazi, Hillary will be finished and the crown is his!
    Go Team Biden 2016!

    May 10, 2013 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  2. Cephus

    If you are thinking about 2016 FORGEEEET it!! You are done.

    May 10, 2013 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House

    You gotta love Joe. Regardless of who is in the running for the democrat ticket for 2016, I want Joe to run.

    May 10, 2013 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  4. PaulG

    The public safety officers I know would like Biden and Co to stop attacking their 2A rights.

    May 10, 2013 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  5. Al

    Oh yes, the fight to protect union votes.

    May 10, 2013 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  6. Lionel

    Go Joe, Go Joe. This man was president of the Delaware Fire Volunteer Association. He has done a lot of great work for this country. Yes, he does produce those gaffes but that is Joe and we love him. Funny how Republicans like to discredit peoples accomplishment with their lies.

    May 10, 2013 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  7. plain&simple

    The world needs more people like Joe Biden!!! It would be a better place.

    May 10, 2013 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  8. Mark

    Clueless Joe Biden. Please, oh please make him your candidate in 2016.

    May 10, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  9. JJ236

    A very scary statement for sure.

    May 10, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  10. Regularguy22

    What a buffoon! Please Please vote for him in the primary. He will be so entertaining as a presidential candidate.

    May 10, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  11. USAPeasant

    Lol I hope Joe runs for the comedy factor. He'd make good tv for the dem primary debates at least.

    May 10, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  12. truth hurts but reality bites

    Seriously? Won't 8 years of a joker and clueless clown in the White House have been enough for this country? Do we seriously want to drive this country to total destruction?

    May 10, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  13. Mike

    I guess it depends on which major issue the firefighters and emergency personnel care about more, their 2nd Amendment Constitutional rights or the fed benefits.
    Most of the first responders I know are overwhelming conservative and own at least one firearm. Most own multiple firearms. They care about the 2nd Amendment very much.
    Joe wants their guns PERIOD. They won't forget that if he decides to launch a 2016 bid for the WH.

    May 10, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  14. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Uh, Joe,
    Wake up. It is Midnite. You are no longer riding in a Carrage.

    May 10, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  15. chatmandu002

    Joe says,
    "Now that Hillary is out because of Benghazi-gate, I will be the president as soon as you guys give citizenship to those 11 million undocumented democrats."

    May 10, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  16. The Other Bob


    The public safety officers I know would like Biden and Co to stop attacking their 2A rights.
    The public safety officers you know must be pretty ignorant since no one is proposing anything to attack the second amendment rights of public safety officers.

    May 10, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  17. John Illlinois

    Biden is the biggest doofus ever to be in politics! He would be worst choice of any field to be President!

    May 10, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  18. plain&simple

    If Joe were republican,he would be king of the hill and toast of the town. Intelligence,style and charm . That's Joe.

    May 10, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  19. tbone

    i want joe to run too.
    There is no way America could be psychotic enough to vote for this bumbling lunatic.

    May 10, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  20. KeninTexas

    Joe is a joke!

    May 10, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  21. AmericanSam

    Love Joe.

    May 10, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  22. Lynda/Minnesota

    Keep pulling their GOPer strings, Joe.
    Keep 'em dancing.

    May 10, 2013 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  23. Rick McDaniel

    The guy is the biggest buffoon in Washington.

    May 10, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  24. it must be said

    Nobody should even consider voting for this guy until he is fully evaluated by the nations best team of doctors and psychiatrists. I have real concerns he is already exhibiting signs of dementia with all of the ridiculous stuff that comes out of his mouth.

    May 10, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  25. disgustedvet

    We can start the show folks. The Head Clown is here. Joltin Joe.

    May 10, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
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