February 25th, 2014
09:52 PM ET
9 years ago

Biden jokes 'I may be a white boy, but I can jump'

(CNN) - In another quintessential “Biden” moment, Vice President Joe Biden joked about his basketball skills in Washington on Tuesday.

Known at times for his off-the-cuff remarks, Biden said at an event honoring African-American history month that he and former NBA star Kevin Johnson, now Sacramento’s mayor, could take on the President in a game of hoops.

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"I told the President, next game I have him," Biden said. "Just remember I may be a white boy, but I can jump."

On a more serious note, Biden's remarks focused on voting rights, pointing to states like North Carolina, Alabama and Texas which have passed controversial voter ID laws. Biden linked the fight over voting rights playing out in states now to the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

"These guys never go away. Hatred never, never goes away," Biden said. "The zealotry of those who wish to limit the franchise cannot be smothered by reason."

“Without the right to vote, nothing else much mattered,” he said.

CNN'S Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Unlicensed Dremel

    Lol, good ol "Shoot Em Through The Door" Joe... SMH.

    February 25, 2014 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  2. davemartin7777

    I think Biden who can't make a sentence without a gaffe is like Ronald Reagan... he has early onset dementia.

    February 25, 2014 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  3. Chris-E...al

    IT Took a repub to undo dims slavery his name was Abe Lincoln ! You want voter rites done so the illegal mexicans can vote ! they want our jobs ! We kiicked them 0ut they are illegal ! thats what alabama voted for black an white an america should follow our lead ! we are booming here . Dont try them lies and divide here . you old racist .we dont want illegal round here we g0t enough going on in D.C.! And you want follow the laws on the b00k make them up j0e as you ride into the sunset please .

    February 25, 2014 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  4. davemartin7777

    Biden can't make a sentence without making a gaffe, I think he's like Ronald Reagan... I'm afraid he also has early onset dementia.

    February 25, 2014 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  5. Chris-E...al

    The world famous Clinton clown show is comeing to town folks ! We have lots of tricks an games for you free food an balloons an donky rides ! And lots of surprises for you an your kids dont miss it ! Hury hurry hury ! Kids 100yr or younger get in free . check dates an times in your area !

    February 25, 2014 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  6. francescoles@yahoo.com

    VP Biden... SO MUC FOR VOTING RIGHTS! The example I shared before, is real common here in the Voting Rights Acts home. By the way, it's time:March 6-10. Bloody Sunday, Bridge Crossing Jubilee. 2015 is the 50th anniversity. Votin Rights Museum needs sponsors. I can say these things. i have already been blackballed.

    February 26, 2014 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  7. Lizzie

    What's your problem VP Biden, people need ID to attend your speeches, how come at the last election democrats made sure that many many votes of our service personal did NOT count. Are you afraid your followers can only vote ONE time.

    February 26, 2014 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  8. Marie MD

    White Men Can't Jump and Play that Funky Music White Boy before the haters start on VP Biden.
    Voting rights ARE a right we all share and is extremely important in this age of gerrymandering and the koch brothers with all their money trying to buy elections from the districts on up to the White House.

    February 26, 2014 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  9. HardWorker

    WOW.....just think of the coverage that comment would get by the news media if Biden was a Republican. But as a Democrat it wont get much air time.

    February 26, 2014 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  10. Gurgyl

    -–no wonder America loves Joe, so the rest of the world.

    February 26, 2014 07:34 am at 7:34 am |