President Obama broke Vice President Biden’s arm this morning for inadvertently forcing Obama to announce his position on gay marriage earlier than intended.
During an appearance Sunday on Meet the Press, Biden got out ahead of Obama by saying that he backed gay marriage, resulting in a hastily arranged interview Wednesday in which Obama acknowledged that he does too.
A photo released by the White House shows a jocular president inflicting the punishment on Biden.
In the photo, which appears below, Biden’s arm can clearly be seen becoming separated from his shoulder as Obama forces the arm downward. Biden is obviously trying to pretend he is not in excruciating pain.
Biden has a long history of going on TV and saying stupid things. An Obama aide, speaking on grounds that he not be identified, said White House officials had considered performing a full frontal lobotomy on the vice president but decided against it after concluding it could hurt Biden’s performance in the debate with Mitt Romney’s eventual vice presidential choice.
Dr. Emmitt P. Fracksher, chairman of orthopedics at Long Island Cedars Memorial Hospital in Cedars, Long Island, said that the aging Biden, who turns 94 next month, will not heal soon.
“It’s no picnic at that age,” said Dr. Fraksher.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Biden’s mistake caused Obama severe loss of face and left the president no choice but to exact retribution.
“He had to do it,” Carney said. “It’s the Chicago way.”
Biden was said by aides to be resting comfortably at George Washington University hospital and frequently phoning former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole for tips on getting dressed with one hand.