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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  1. teedee

    Joe Biden invented the internet

    May 10, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  2. Zappo15

    This guy is a complete incompetent.

    May 10, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  3. Jc

    Biden 2016! Do it for the lulz!

    May 10, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  4. lottie

    Joe is a great guy and we know that because of all the negative stuff the repos keep saying. Every time they are on the wrong end of an issue their comments are to call the individual a liar a clown a socialist . Now they are so worried about Hillary running in 2016 they have started a campaign to discredit her. Who do the repos have to run. ????

    May 10, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  5. Joe's great

    Just thank god we don't have silly Sarah in his position.

    May 10, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  6. Sniffit

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

    That right there is what's called Teatroll bait.

    May 10, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  7. Nick-o

    At least he's not "Darth" Cheney or Dan "Potatoe" Quayle, good God!

    May 10, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. Peoples State of Illinois

    @Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Let's have another Benghazi inquiry as if that's goanna affect Hillary Clinton's 2016 landslide victory! You mess with Hillary, you mess with America! Hillary Clinton 2016 by a LANDSLIDE!
    hmmmm, don't think so scooter.

    May 10, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. Uncle Sam

    If Biden runs, I know he will, then its time for a female president.

    May 10, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  10. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Just wait till a vote comes up on immigration reform. The teapublicans would twist and spin the whole debate into a fiasco as to why they should wait until background checks are done on all immigrants, then they'll fillibuster the bill like they did with the gun legislation at the 11th hour because its the only way to fulfill their goal of messing with the President's legacy. But President Obama's legacy in sealed in stone no matter what the right wing obstructionists say or do!

    May 10, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. PaulG

    @ The Other Bob
    An AWB and mag restriction being pushed by this clown are attacks on our 2A rights, public safety officers being citizens just like everyone else in this great nation. My statement still stands.

    May 10, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  12. Arsh

    Cool Joe. i couldnt stand your talks prior to the election of Obama but you were a package deal. Can't wait to vote against you!

    May 10, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  13. soltrinox

    "improving access to federal funding for families of fallen public safety officers" ... does this mean that people like police officers who are already paid more than most people, should now get extra benefits that every day citizens are not entitled to?
    What makes them so special ? The fact that they are supposed to be volunteers? I dont think that we need to subsidize the already generous payrolls of public officers, we need to help victims of fire and crime.

    May 10, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  14. Alive and well

    This guy is worst than BHO – and that's BAD !

    May 10, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  15. William

    Biden as president?

    God help us all

    May 10, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  16. William

    Uncle Sam
    "If Biden runs, I know he will, then its time for a female president."

    If he does win, he will be our first female president...

    May 10, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  17. Fubarack

    Now that Hilliary's pantsuit has been become entangled in the wood-chipper, Bin Biden may be onto something.

    May 10, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  18. Sniffit

    "An AWB and mag restriction being pushed by this clown are attacks on our 2A rights"

    How? Both are constitutional and it's pretty much not debatable that they are. So, would you like to explain how something that is constitutional can be an "attack" on the rights that the Constitution enumerates?

    May 10, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  19. Sniffit

    "Have the impeachment proceedings started yet? Did they get the answers they were looking for???"

    Neither. That's why the GOP/Teatrolls are focused on requested and demanding more documents: when they either don't get the docs hem or they don't say what the GOP/Teatrolls want them to say, they can then go with the default claim that it's a cover up. You know, because the inability to generate evidence that support your accusations...accusations you have already decided are true in the absence of said evidence...then it constitutes evidence that it's all a big conspiracy and cover up operation.

    BTW, the email that Boehner claimed used the phrase "Islamic terrorists" yesterday? didn't.

    May 10, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  20. Bob

    Biden shows he is human and that is a LOT more than I can say for the GOP...Tea people don't even register they are are a plane with the gal watching Russia.

    May 10, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  21. sly

    Republicans – if in the slight chance you EVER win another election, then you can put your Sarah Palin as VP.

    Until then you have no voice in American politics. WE run OUR country – y'all wanted to seceed from the US, so please do.

    God Bless America. Thank the good Lord for President Obama.

    May 10, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  22. steve

    hey blah blah blah what is his legacy? does he even have one?...

    May 10, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  23. James PDX

    I like Joe. He's one of the few higher up politicians I've felt has occasionally really spoken honestly. Perhaps not on purpose, but I'll still take a little incidental honesty over the usual none we get.

    May 10, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  24. Anonymous

    "Hillary Clinton 2016 by a LANDSLIDE" Heaven forbid, eight years of the present disaster, followed by another Socialist disaster. No way.

    May 10, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  25. Jaimie

    Ask Hillary Clinton about the time when she visited an American Indian hospital/clinic here in the USA. Ask her about the way she barged into the delivery room while a patient was trying to deliver a baby. The patient requested only delivery room medical be in the delivery room at this time. Hillary Clinton left in a huff. Then all of a sudden medical supplies slowed to a trickle at the hospital/clinic. The clinic almost closed due to the lack of medical supplies to treat patients. Guess who had the supplies cut off? You guessed it. Clinton. The supplies eventually started trickling in again with the help of the Surgeon General at that time. All this because she was asked to leave the delivery room. SHE IS DIRTY DIRTY DIRTY. And the USA administration lifts her on a high pedestal. How sad it is knowing this information and nothing was done to her for it. So the moral of this very true story is the dirtier you are the higher in the administration you go.

    May 10, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
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