Posts tagged: Joe Biden
Growing up a Democratic activist in conservative Idaho shaped Bruce Reed’s life in national politics, much of it spent in the White House and on the campaign trail. “Out here I learned that you can’t take anybody’s vote for granted. You have to earn it,” Reed told a roomful of Idaho lawyers and judges Thursday in Coeur d’Alene. Addressing the Idaho State Bar’s annual meeting, the 53-year-old Lake City native and chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden reflected on his childhood, early days in politics and nearly three decades of working in Washington, D.C. “The truth is, almost everything that I know about the way I see the world comes from what I learned growing up here,” he said/Scott Maben, SR. More here.
Question: How did your birth place shape you?
In this Aug. 3, 2011, file photo, Vice President Joe Biden's Chief of Staff Bruce Reed has lunch with President Barack Obama in Washington. Reed, a Coeur d'Alene High graduate and son of Scott and Mary Lou Reed of Fernan, will speak at the Idaho Bar Association convention Coeur d'Alene Thursday morning. Story here. Also, he's the subject of Chris Carlson's latest column below. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
Without question the most powerful and influential native Idahoan on the national political scene today is Bruce Reed. He currently is Vice President Joe Biden’s chief of staff, was once the executive director of the Simpson/Bowles Commission charged with addressing America’s fiscal challenges, and headed up the Democratic Leadership Council which is where he first met President Bill Clinton. President Clinton made him director of domestic policy and Reed became one of the President’s must trusted advisors. … More on that in a moment. Besides being exceptionally bright, Reed is also a gifted writer and superb maker of memorable phrases. No doubt this is partly a function of his obtaining an M.A. in English Literature while attending Oxford on a prestigious Rhodes scholarship/Chris Carlson, Carlson Chronicles. More here.
Question: Have you ever met or talked to Coeur d'Alene High grad Bruce Reed, chief of staff for Vice President Joe Biden?
Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan, of Wisconsin, participate in the vice presidential debate at Centre College, Thursday, in Danville, Ky. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Thursday’s vice-presidential slugfest has quickly become a debate about Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s grin. Mr. Biden’s smirking, emotional and aggressively sharp approach toward his rival, Representative Paul D. Ryan, prompted cheers from Democrats who had been desperate for the kind of in-your-face political rumble that President Obama did not deliver during his debate with Mitt Romney a week ago. But Mr. Biden repeatedly mocked and interrupted Mr. Ryan in ways that led Republicans to use words like “unhinged” and “buffoon” and “disrespectful” in the hours after the fast-paced, 90-minute exchange ended. The question by Friday morning: Did Mr. Biden go too far?/Michael D. Sheer, New York Times. More here.
Question: Did Biden go too far?
Vice President Joe Biden gave a big rah-rah for cheerleaders Friday when he told a group of high school and middle school athletes that cheerleaders are the best college athletes around. “Have you ever watched the cheerleading championships? I’m serious. Guess what?” Biden asked about 200 kids assembled at Newport High School in Newport, N.H., gathered on the practice fields. “The cheerleaders in college are the best athletes in college,” he said. “They are amazing. You think I’m joking. You think I’m joking. They’re almost all gymnasts. The stuff they do on hardwood, it absolutely blows my mind, thinking, you know, they’re up there without a net. You know?”/Arlette Saenz, ABC News. More here. (AP photo of Joe Biden gretting Dartmouth students)
Question: Do you consider cheerleaders to be athletes?
Vice President Joe Biden poses for a photo with an uncooperative baby after his speech at the Florida State University Basketball Training Facility Monday in Tallahassee, Fla. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)
San Francisco, you'll have to excuse Joe Biden for his blunder on Wednesday. He has bigger fish to fry — like doing his part to ensure President Barack Obama gets re-elected in November. But c'mon, Mr. Vice President! You're better than this! Biden had a Homer Simpson “d'oh!” moment when he tried to rally a San Francisco crowd at a political fundraiser with a football metaphor and spoke of the “Giants on their way to the Super Bowl,” according to the Oakland Tribune. Umm, Mr. Vice President, the 49ers play the Giants on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game. Biden probably felt like burying his head in the sand when some, what the Tribune described as, “good-natured boos” ensued/Simon Samano, NFL. More here.
Question: When did you last suffer a “d'oh!” moment? Wanna tell us about it?
Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann and possible presidential candidate Sarah Palin lambasted Vice President Joe Biden Monday night for negative comments he allegedly made about the Tea Party. Biden was reported by Politico on Monday to have agreed with an argument by Rep. Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania, who apparently asserted that “[w]e have negotiated with terrorists” during a closed-door meeting with House Democrats about the deal to raise the debt limit. “They have acted like terrorists,” Biden was said to have responded. The Hill reports that in an e-mail Monday night, Bachmann, R-Minn., condemned Biden's alleged statement and called on the vice president to apologize/CBS News Political Hotsheet. More here. (AP file photo, of VP Joe Biden)
Question: Should Biden apologize?
In this image released by the White House and digitally altered by the source to diffuse the paper in front of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House, Sunday in Washington. Story here. (AP Photo/The White House, Pete Souza)
For the millions of Americans who find talk of deficit reduction to be one of the less rousing political subjects, Vice President Joe Biden feels your pain. At a Wednesday press conference where Obama presented his ‘framework‘ for reducing the budget deficit, Biden was caught on camera nodding off. The President called for reducing the nation's budget deficit through a combination of spending cuts and tax increases. He stated his opposition to extending Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy and to changing Medicare into a voucher program. In a statement published by USA Today, Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said, “Did President Obama's speech on the deficit even put his chief negotiator to sleep?”/KHQ. (AP file photo of Vice President Biden)
Question: Have you ever fallen asleep at an inopportune time?
Bruce Reed, along with his wife Bonnie LePard and children Julia LePard Reed, 17, and Nelson LePard Reed, 15, are shown at the home of their grandparents Jim and Barbara LePard on the east side of Lake Coeur d'Alene last August. Reed has been selected as the chief of staff for Vice President Joe Biden.
Vice President Joe Biden has named a centrist Democrat and veteran of the Clinton administration as his chief of staff. Bruce Reed (a Coeur d'Alene High graduate and son of Scott & Mary Lou Reed) served as chief domestic policy adviser to President Bill Clinton, helping secure passage of landmark welfare reform and Clinton's education agenda. He most recently was executive director of President Barack Obama's bipartisan fiscal commission. Reed has a long working relationship with the vice president. He helped then-Sen. Biden craft the 1994 Biden Crime Bill. Reed replaces Ron Klain, who left Biden's office earlier this month/Associated Press. More here. And: Alison Boggs wrote a story about Bruce Reed last August here.
Vice President Joe Biden discusses a new federal program to make it easier for Americans to make their homes more energy efficient, Tuesday in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex. At this moment, Biden is meeting with Earl Devaney, chairman of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board — “the guy,” explains the Los Angeles Times, who is “monitoring the gazillion-dollar stimulus and the overdue economic recovery, and ensuring that the taxpayers financing same know all about it. However, no one outside the room will know what goes on in that Biden-Devaney meeting. That’s because the government meeting on government transparency has been closed. Story here. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Question: I’ve wondered why we make so much fun of George W. Bush & Dan Quayle as less than adequate for high office, when nothing much is said about Biden, who seems to have had his share of bumbling & mis-speaking?
President Barack Obama gives Solicitor General and Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan a kiss as Vice President Joe Biden stands at left, during an announcement in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Monday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Rep. Walt Minnick’s office confirmed that the 1st District congressman is not flying to Idaho today with Vice President Joe Biden, who is coming to Boise to attend the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games/Kevin Richert. More here.