March 27, 2010

Biden: "That's the American people, man. We've gotta give them light,"

Wha? He had some analogy going, having to do with diving into a quarry swimming hole when he was a kid — diving from what he says is a height of 100 feet:
"The frightening part was you go down really far, I mean literally really far. So deep it's totally black. Your chest constricts, you panic and you don't know whether you're swimming down or up.

"But when you get about 12 to 14 feet from the top you see light and everything is OK. You're still 12 feet underwater, but it's OK. You see light."

46 comments:

kentuckyliz said...

I just wish they didn't force us to jump off a 1000 foot cliff first.

kentuckyliz said...

Mom used to say, "Well, if everybody were jumping off a cliff, would you?"

(in response to the pre-teen maaaaaawm, all my friends are doing it....)

kentuckyliz said...

" , man."

Enough of the 60s hippie talk, Biden. Grow up, man.

Chip Ahoy said...
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rhhardin said...

Light makes right.

Fred4Pres said...

Come on conservatives, we are down deep, our chests are compressed, it is dark and cold, but we can see the light...repeal the bill.

Fred4Pres said...

I can see the light down here...repeal the health care bill!

AllenS said...

That's one fucking amazing man, that Joe Biden.

AprilApple said...

Repeal. For the sake of our nation's future.

First, we have to get rid of the corrupt socialist clowns that infect our government.

Scott said...

Biden is such a poet. A regular James Dickey if you ask me.

PatCA said...

"I am the light of the nation; he (or she) who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life as well as free mortgages and health care."

Ann Althouse said...

Oops. Not 1000. Fixed.

(LOL.)

TRO said...

Even 100 feet is a hell of a drop. Why do I doubt this story.

Then again it would explain some things. Hitting the water that hard can't be good for your brain.

ironrailsironweights said...

I don't believe the 100-foot part either.

Peter

Scott said...

TRO: You doubt this story because it came out of Vice President Biden's mouth. The guy's grip on reality is tenuous.

edutcher said...

Joe's been in the dark a long time.
He thinks we're as bad off as he is.

Calypso Facto said...

Go to the light, Joe. Go to the light. (Just stop trying to take us all with!)

kentuckyhusseinliz said...

HCR
BFD



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On this, all sides agree. We just disagree about whether it's a good F or a bad F.

Gretchen said...

Yeah Joe, some of us can't see the light because the democrats just tied a 200 lb weight around our necks.....

El Pollo Real said...

I can relate. Link.

Hagar said...

The kids dived from 30 meters? Yeah, right!!!

No one knows what Joe Biden is going to say next; I think even Biden must sometimes be surprised to hear what he is saying.

But in the end, he could always be counted on to vote as he was told.

LL said...

This guy is a heartbeat and a pack of smokes away from the presidency.

Calypso Facto said...

And wait, wouldn't we be getting a lot more light if they had drained the swamp, as promised?

EDH said...

When, exactly, did Joe Biden start talking like Sandra Bullock?

"If I were the water in that quarry... man, I would have hit Ol' Joe a lot harder than it did.

This is a big fucking deal, man."

John Salmon said...

Vice Presidents have often been an unimpressive bunch, but Biden's gotta be the worst...at least since Agnew.

Cedarford said...

I've dived at a quarry as a teen. Most jumps were about 40-20 feet. There was one place where it was a 73 foot jump but though I heard of people that had jumped from there, I never saw it..though it DID happen because one stoner broke his arm, had a compressed vertebrae, and was unconscious from a concussion and had to be fished out. That was in the papers.

But I doubt Biden did a 100 foot jump. And as someone who has also scuba-dived, you still see the light 100 feet down, even if everywhere but "up" is dark, even if you are in water with limited visibility.

exhelodrvr1 said...

They say that type of ultra-high diving can cause brain damage.

Jacq said...

Wonder who he plagiarized this from.

Big Mike said...

Jacq wins the thread.

Calypso Facto said...

Speaking of the undrained swamp, did you see this in the WSJ?

DC has the highest per capita income in the nation, and still is among the fastest growing.

But "we've gotta give them [poor people] light". Yecch.

Kansas City said...

Rule of thumb. If Biden is talking about his life in a way that somehow makes him look good, it is more likely than not that he is lying. He is lying here.

AllenS said...

Biden sure has been good for laughs, I've gotta admit that.

dbp said...

Call me a doubter: In college, there was a place on the Snake River we would go to for cliff diving/jumping.

Most people were afraid to jump from 30 feet and only maybe 10% would take that height head-first. There was another cliff on the opposite shore that was maybe 45-50 feet high. It is a good long swim, since that part of the river is dammed-up and even with the investment in effort; most wouldn't jump and in all those years I saw only one guy actually dive from that height.

Getting a bloody nose or a wrenched arm was common when jumping from that height and it almost always hurt when you hit the water. So, did slow-Joe dive from over twice that height? I would bet any amount of money that he didn't. Though I would be impressed as hell if he actually did this.

lyssalovelyredhead said...

When you're a kid, every height higher than you're comfortable with seems like a hundred feet.

Most adults have the sense to put those childhood memories into perspective.
- Lyssa

Rialby said...

Speaking of brain damage, here's a quote I've been tossing around for my new email sig line:

“As I heard it, my chances of surviving the surgery were certainly better than fifty-fifty,” he wrote. “But the chances of waking up with serious deficits to my mental faculties were more significant.” - Joseph Biden

Turtledove said...

I bet you could see light if you look in Biden's ear.

Peter V. Bella said...

will someone pull Biden's voice box out. The man is a total embarrassment. He is a clown, an idiot, a doddering fool, and a cretin. He cannot put an intelligent sentence together to save his life. Biden is a shameful stain on the administration.

Well, all you Sarah dissers got what you deserved. The dumbest White man in America.

Alex said...

Repeal, repeal, reapeal. Kill the bill.

mariner said...

TRO:
Then again it would explain some things. Hitting the water that hard can't be good for your brain.

No brain, no pain.

Methadras said...

He watched to much Breaking Away. I don't believe a word that sneering shyster says.

Chase said...

The swimming hole is behind the famous Katie's Restaurant in Wilmington, Delaware.

Unless, of course, it was really another Biden tale about someone else, maybe , oh, say, Neil Kinnock?.

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Chase said...

100 foot jump?

Most people would be severely injured or killed trying a 10 story jump into water of any sort.

Aw, Joe, he's an Irish storyteller, he is.

Makes you miss Dan Quayle.

And competence.

Kev said...

Even 100 feet is a hell of a drop. Why do I doubt this story.

Then again it would explain some things. Hitting the water that hard can't be good for your brain.


That was similar to what I thought when I first read the story: "Hmm--I wonder if he hit his head on the bottom." That would indeed explain a lot.

Cinco Jotas said...

Whatta ya wanna bet Joe doesn't even know how to swim?

Terry said...

That the man one heartbeat from the presidency is an airhead is a big fuckin' deal.

Man.