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Hillary’s Lies Exposed by the State Dept. IG Report

The Obama administration’s own State Department inspector general has exposed a variety of lies told by Hillary Clinton in defense of her email use.

Contrary to what she has been saying, Clinton did not have permission to use her own email account. Agency officials “did not — and would not — approve her exclusive reliance on a personal email account to conduct Department business, because of the restrictions … and the security risks in doing so,” the report states.

As the Washington Times notes, “Inspector General Steve Linick, appointed by President Obama, said he couldn’t find any evidence that Mrs. Clinton received approval for her odd email arrangement, and when lower-level staffers pressed the issue, saying she was skirting open-records laws, they were ordered ‘never to speak of the secretary’s personal email system again.'”

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Clinton said she would cooperate with any investigation, but refused to cooperate with a probe by her own State Department.

She said what she did wasn’t against the rules, but “Secretary Clinton should have preserved any federal records she created and received on her personal account by printing and filing those records,” according to the report.

She said she turned over all her work-related emails, but “the inspector general highlighted gaps in Clinton’s emails that suggested some official communications did not make it into the batch of 55,000 pages of records Clinton gave the agency,” notes the Washington Examiner.

She said her server was safe from hackers, but as the Washington Times notes, there were several hacking attempts, and it’s not clear if they were successful. Clinton responding to possible hacks, revealed the true reason for her separate account, which was, as everyone knows, to prevent anyone from seeing what she was writing.

From the Times:

In one instance in 2011, Mrs. Clinton’s tech guru thought the server was being hacked and shut it down for a few minutes. Months later, Mrs. Clinton feared yet another hack attack was underway — yet never reported the incident to the department, in another breach of department rules.

In the 2010 exchange, top personal aide Huma Abedin suggested that it was time to look into getting an official state.gov email address because Mrs. Clinton’s messages from her clintonemail.com account were landing in staffers’ spam folders.

Alternatively, Ms. Abedin said, Mrs. Clinton could release her secret address to the department so she could be designated as a verified account, keeping her messages out of spam folders.

Mrs. Clinton refused, saying she didn’t “want any risk of the personal being accessible.”

Mrs. Clinton has lied repeatedly about a very important matter. I am not sure how the Obama administration is going to justify not indicting her if the FBI recommends it.

Maybe that’s why Vice President Biden appeared last week in Ohio to announce an important new worker overtime rule Obama put out, instead of Obama doing it himself. They want to keep Biden viable in case he has to replace Hillary

Middle Class Joe Heads to the Ice Cream Parlor

I had a little fun at my old friend Joe Biden’s expense in an article running in LifeZette today.

From the piece:

Biden showed up at the headquarters of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream to talk about the new Obama administration overtime fiat that threatens to set businesses back another $10-20 billion.

Upon arrival, Biden got right to the point.

“My name is Joe Biden, and I love ice cream,” he said. “You all think I’m kidding. I’m not.”

Much of the rest of his speech suggested that the vice president indeed has a bad case of brain freeze.

“I was known as Mr. Middle Class,” he said of his time in the Senate. Turns out that in 2008, Mr. Middle Class’s last year in the Senate, he and his wife had an adjusted gross income of nearly $270,000.

Biden noted that Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream had been splendid enough to already implement the administration rules before it even had to. Addressing the woman who runs the company, Biden remarked, “Love you, kiddo, I mean it. You did this before the rule.”

Now, if Donald Trump called a professional woman “kiddo,” The New York Times might do an entire article about it.

You can read the rest of the article here.

Biden Will Not Run for President

Vice President Biden Wednesday announced that he will not run for president, saying he had been going through a grieving process for his deceased son and has now run out of time to join the fray.

“I believe we’re out of time – the time necessary to mount a campaign for the nomination,” Biden said during an appearance in the Rose Garden.

Video || Joe Biden’s Malarky

Thought you might enjoy this video from the staff at PoliZette.

Will Biden get in this week? Who knows. He may want to wait for the brouhaha over the House Speaker situation to flame out and then announce next week. But all signs, as you probably know, are that he is running.

And then we’ll have to deal with his . . . malarky.

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Biden Looking Like a Candidate

The Wall Street Journal is reporting today that Vice President Joe Biden has basically decided to run for president, though it is still possible he could change his mind if he decides his grief over his son’s death is haunting him to too great a degree.

From the Wall Street Journal:

Vice President Joe Biden’s aides in recent days called Democratic donors and supporters to suggest he is more likely than not to enter the 2016 race, and their discussions have shifted toward the timing of an announcement, said people familiar with the matter.

While the Biden team is still debating the best time to jump in, the vice president met Monday with his political advisers and talked about the merits of an early entry that would assure him a place in the Democratic debate scheduled for Oct. 13. They also are honing his campaign message and moving ahead with plans to raise money and hire staff, the people said.

The vice president could still back out if he finds the emotional toll from the death of his elder son, Beau Biden, too much to overcome. But the shift in the deliberations to the timing of an announcement is a fresh sign that he is moving closer to a bid.

“It’s my sense that this is happening, unless they change their minds,” said one person who spoke to Biden aides last weekend.

Someone also reportedly overheard a Biden fundraiser on an Amtrak train saying the vice president was “100 percent” running.

My advice: get in as late as possible and cruise through the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primaries on a wave of Bidenmania before people remember that you’re Joe Biden.

Video || Biden Not Sure He’s Ready

Here is video from Vice President Biden’s appearance on Stephen Colbert’s show in which he says he is not sure, following the death of his son Beau, if he is emotionally ready to run for president.

Signs Begin to Point to Biden Getting in

It’s looking increasingly like Vice President Biden is going to jump into the race. Nothing’s for sure, of course. He is genuinely still grieving over the death of his son Beau. But I think it’s better than 50-50 now that he gets in. And that’s how Beau would have wanted it. Biden is doing an event… Continue Reading

Chuck Todd: Democratic Base “Uninspired” by Hillary

NBC’s Chuck Todd Friday morning noted that the Democratic base, while it will vote for Hillary, doesn’t particularly adore her. This is important because it means that she can’t win the election in the way President Obama did – by grabbing the Democratic Party on the left side and squeezing out every vote possible. But it also… Continue Reading

Biden Returns to Work

Vice President Joe Biden returned to the White House Wednesday following the weekend funeral of his son Beau. Biden’s schedule includes lunch with President Obama and a meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. He’ll return to Wilmington, Delaware later this afternoon. Wishing him all the best. Continue Reading