On the campaign trail in 2012, Vice President Joe Biden suggested that supporting President Obama’s opponent, GOP candidate Mitt Romney, would result in what he implied would be an unwise war in Syria:

[Romney] said it was a mistake to end the war in Iraq and bring all of our warriors home. He said it was a mistake to set an end date for our warriors in Afghanistan and bring them home. He implies by the speech that he’s ready to go to war in Syria and Iran.[AP]

Now, Obama has launched the very war Biden warned against two years ago.

In a vice presidential debate with Paul Ryan about a month after the above comments, Biden attempted to differentiate between intervention in Libya, which he supported, and intervention in Syria, which he then opposed:

Different country. It’s a different country. It is five times as large geographically, it has one-fifth the population, that is Libya, one-fifth the population, five times as large geographically.

It’s in a part of the world where they’re not going to see whatever would come from that war. It seeps into a regional war.

You’re in a country that is heavily populated in the midst of the most dangerous area in the world. And, in fact, if in fact it blows up and the wrong people gain control, it’s going to have impact on the entire region causing potentially regional wars. [Commission on Presidential Debates]

Biden used the same debate time to praise Obama’s foreign policy as a guarantor of regional stability:

We are doing it exactly like we need to do to identify those forces who, in fact, will provide for a stable government and not cause a regional Sunni-Shia war when Bassad [sic] — when Bashar Assad falls. [CPD]

—Bonnie Kristian

  • Barack Obama in 2007:The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.
  • Joe Biden in 2007:The Founding Fathers were, as in most things, profoundly right. That’s why I want to be very clear: if the President takes us to [war] without Congressional approval, I will call for his impeachment....The Constitution is clear. And so am I.

Dick Cheney is pure political evil. He controlled everything Bush did or said for eight years. Then he has the balls to call Obama weak?

Remember during the 9/11 Commission Bush refused to testify without Cheney. Imagine Obama saying he needs Joe Biden?

The Republicans are a fucking joke.

It’s never, never, never the woman’s fault. No man has a right to raise a hand to a woman. No means no. […] The one regret I have is we call it domestic violence as if it’s a domesticated cat. It is the most vicious form of violence there is, because not only the physical scars are left, the psychological scars that are left. This whole culture for so long has put the onus on the woman. ‘What were you wearing? What did you say? What did you do to provoke?’ That is never the appropriate question.
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Vice-President Joe Biden, speaking in an interview on the Today Show with reporter Tamron Hall.

In other news, I have a new celebrity boyfriend (sorry, David Tennant, it’s Biden time).

Fun facts about Joe Biden: 

  • He grew up with a terrible stutter, and reading from a teleprompter still causes it to appear. This is why Biden so often speaks off the cuff. 
  • His entire Congressional career, he never lived in Washington. Every day he took a 90 minute Amtrak ride home so his two sons could have stability in their lives. 
  • He was widowed the same year he was elected to Congress, and was a single father to his sons for years. 
  • His wife Jill is the first Second Lady to keep her job while in office. She’s an English professor. 
  • In 2011, Joe Biden looked Vladimir Putin in the eye and told him, “I’m looking you in the eyes, and I don’t think you have a soul.” “We understand eachother,” Putin replied. 
  • Biden is a foreign policy expert, and has written several academic papers on the subject. 
  • Biden is also responsible for the 1994 Violence Against Women Act. 
  • Biden is such a close-talker that he will often bump his forehead lightly against the face of the person’s he’s talking to. 
  • When tapped for the Vice Presidency, Biden initially declined. His wife convinced him to reconsider. She was also the one to chide him into running in the first place. 
  • Biden is an outspoken defender of the rights of trans* people; he calls the fight for trans* rights “the civil rights issue of our time”. 
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