Joe Biden's Latest Targets: Women, Somalis

By Albert Lin


Vice President Joe Biden is at it again, this time raising eyebrows with his words and his hands.

Here are some notable headlines on the VP’s latest missteps.

The Washington Post: Joe Biden takes ‘being Biden’ to new heights (or depths)

The Washington Times: Joe Biden sparks social media with ‘creepy uncle’ grab of Ashton Carter’s wife

The Daily Beast: Joe Biden Needs a Tranquilizer Dart: Stephanie Carter Suffers the Veep’s Paws

What did the Vice President do to draw such scorn His Tuesday started at the swearing in of new Secretary of Defense Ash Carter. When Carter took the podium, Biden motioned Carter’s wife, Stephanie to come across the stage, whereupon he put his hands on her shoulders and all but gave her a massage for more than 20 seconds. He then leaned in and whispered something in her ear, although a still photo makes it look as if he’s sniffing Mrs. Carter’s hair.

Tweeters, of course, couldn’t resist.

If Biden’s behavior looks familiar, it should.

Later in the day, Biden hosted a White House summit on violent extremism. Biden compared Minneapolis, which is trying to better integrate Somali youth, and his hometown of Wilmington, Del., both of which have “large, very identifiable” Somali communities.

Then, as he is wont to do, Mr. Vice President put his foot in his mouth: “I might add, if you ever come to the train station with me you’ll notice that I have great relations with them, because an awful lot of them are driving cabs, and are friends of mine.”

When the comment drew what sounded like a collective groan from the audience, many of whom were Muslim or of African descent, Biden forged ahead. “For real,” he said with a grin. “I’m not being solicitous, I’m being serious.”

Biden, of course, is no stranger to offending people of all persuasion.

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