January 31st, 2014
07:04 PM ET
9 years ago

Political circus: I'm in whatever party Biden's in

Washington (CNN) - If you watch Vice President Joe Biden, you get the impression that every day is a BFD — the D stands for "day."

And no day is bigger than the State of the Union address - which is kind of like a bizarro world high school reunion where the popular kids are the party in power and members of the minority party often look as if they’re ready to dump a bucket of pig’s blood on the prom king-president.

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So while his boss went on about retirement plans and tax code changes, Joe “Cool” Biden settled into his seat behind the President with his big-man-on-campus grin and “tsup” nods to no one in particular.

Crack the keg, ‘cause Biden’s here to paaar-ty!

So who caught Biden's eye? Biden’s background preening was the equivalent of flexing in the mirror and went viral in a way President Barack Obama’s speech did not.

Not that we blame Biden for his divided attention. The president’s speech was largely a rehash of old policy promises. Blah, blah infrastructure. Blah, blah clean energy. Blah, blah help the middle class.

But inquiring minds want to know: Just who were you pointing to, Joe?

Boehner breaks bad: House Speaker John Boehner’s expressions, meanwhile, were a perfect blend of constant consternation and someone whose dinner didn't agree with him during the president’s speech. He might have been giving the president side eye because Obama had vowed to use his executive powers to work around the oft-gridlocked Congress in order to get his agenda items enacted.

Boehner’s response: Oh, no he didn’t.

So by the time the president gave Boehner props for his rise from humble beginnings, the look on Boehner’s face was, “Cool story, bro.” Obama’s look in response seemed to say “Yeah, well…anyhow…”

Political discourse: The heated exchange between Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota, and Rep. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, this week on The Situation Room made us want to cower in a corner and beg “Mommy, Daddy stop fighting.”

The exchange was a perfect illustration of why Washington is one long argument. Take two members of Congress opposed on an issue, sit them down and hit the play button.

What were they arguing over? What weren't they arguing over?

Anger management much? But the crowning jewel of what-the-heck-were-you-thinking moments came when New York Republican Rep. Michael Grimm, a former U.S. Marine and an undercover FBI agent, threatened to throw a NY1 reporter off a balcony and break him in half "like a boy."

Now, given Grimm’s uber alpha male background, there were probably better ambush spots than standing near a balcony if the reporter was going to surprise Grimm and ask about an investigation into campaign finances.

Still, the first part of Grimm’s threat was scary; the second part was just plain weird - exactly how does one break someone in half like a boy and where did he pick up this skill?

CNN Digital Producer Eric Weisbrod contributed to this report.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    If you watch Vice President Joe Biden's hair , its growing.

    If you watch Marco Rubio , he is not happy .

    January 31, 2014 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  2. J.V.Hodgson

    With republican rhetoric where it is there is no such thing irrespective of its Gerrymandering as a really safe house seat. Governors being kicked out for corruption and Virginia sweep of the top posts and control of the senate.
    Christie under a lot of fire the tea party on the wain some of whom are at risk of ne being re-elected.
    In 2014 the voters are in my opinion in no mood to give Republicans control of both the House and Senate.
    Their performance means they will have a smaller house majority and may even lose some Senate seats Koch money or not. One remote whiff or smell of Koch money that voters even suspect will be counterproductive to Republicans electorally.

    February 1, 2014 03:37 am at 3:37 am |
  3. bassman

    Just imagine how our media would have reacted if a VP Palin would acted in the same way. Fortunately, we see that she is much more mature in the way she carries herself.

    February 1, 2014 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  4. Wake up People!

    Bassman dude, get a grip. The word mature and Palin don't even belong in the same sentence. The woman is as immature as Justin Beiber. At least Justin has an excuse, he's still a kid.

    VP Palin, what a terrifying thought.

    February 1, 2014 11:30 am at 11:30 am |