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Biden Offers Up a Nice Little Zinger

Since we’re always picking on Vice President Biden around here, I thought it was only fair that I give him a shout out when he says something clever.

From an appearance today in Arvada, Colorado:

This is the end of daylight savings time tonight. It’s Mitt Romney’s favorite time of the year because he gets to turn the clock back.

Not bad. But he also may have let on about some of the fatigue that may be causing all those gaffes recently, remarking, “Man, I’m so ready to win this election.”

22 Responses to Biden Offers Up a Nice Little Zinger

  1. and then there is this one –

    “Well, I’m going to take a vacation about about three days after this election is over,” Biden revealed. “That’s what they told me.”

  2. It’s Saturday night and we turn the clocks back – not as far back as May or 1975.

    Just caught BHO chest thumping in Iowa that OBL is dead. Now, where did I hear that before….

    Live from New York, it’s SNL w/Chevy Chase and….

    “Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead!”

    • ChevyChase and JaneCurtain giving the news, good fun.
      Those were the days when no one got a pass from SNL, everything and everyone was game. They would have had a whole show on MrBiden.

      • I haven’t watched SNL in decades. The show imploded – too many sacred cows. They could have had done a weekly Biden gaffe-fest. Since it’s shown on NBC …and GE owns 49% so you can predict the content – empty. Glad I got my giggles when they were entertaining.

  3. Reports are that FEMA ran out of bottled water and won’t have any until Monday. Good Grief, doesn’t anyone know anyone who can bring fresh water to those victims other than FEMA?

    FEMA; Feebly Enabling More Anguish.

    • I bet Mitt Romney and his sons could round up an emergency supply of bottled water in matter of hours. Why can’t someone load up a few choppers and drop supplies off to those who are stranded? I don’t understand.

      • Aside from water – shelter and heat. Tonight’s temps are dipping to 36 and Monday night 30. I wonder if “blue” voters are going to see “red” or will they see red and vote blue. I read somewhere on the long thread today from a new commenter that his friend in Jersey agrees with not letting in non-union linemen. I’ve never understood N.J. and years ago when I drove to NY to visit family with small children in the back seat, I told them “New Jersey exists only to make the ride to NY too long.” Any friends I know, who have summer homes in NJ are Democrats from Pa. Of course, summer homes are just that and although a few had to check into hotels in Philly because they didn’t have electricity locally either, really don’t care. They’ll still vote for BHO. Puts new meaning to ‘fair weather friends’ – they could care less about the weather. They’re bewitched and I am bewildered.

  4. He can look in the mirror because he sees only perfection, and hears only praise from his handlers. He can look in the mirror because it’s all someone else’s fault, not his perfect self’s. He can look in the mirror because he’s DSM IV narcissistic:

    “Narcissistic Personality Disorder

    While grandiosity is the diagnostic hallmark of pathological narcissism, there is research evidence that pathological narcissism occurs in two forms, (a) a grandiose state of mind in young adults that can be corrected by life experiences, and (b) the stable disorder described in DSM-IV, which is defined less by grandiosity than by severely disturbed interpersonal relations.
    The preferred theory seems to be that narcissism is caused by very early affective deprivation, yet the clinical material tends to describe narcissists as unwilling rather than unable, thus treating narcissistic behaviors as volitional — that is, narcissism is termed a personality disorder, but it tends to be discussed as a character disorder. This distinction is important to prognosis and treatment possibilities. If NPD is caused by infantile damage and consequent developmental short-circuits, it probably represents an irremediable condition. On the other hand, if narcissism is a behavior pattern that’s learned, then there is some hope, however tenuous, that it’s a behavior pattern that can be unlearned. The clinical literature on NPD is highly theoretical, abstract, and general, with sparse case material, suggesting that clinical writers have little experience with narcissism in the flesh. There are several reasons for this to be so:
    — The incidence of NPD is estimated at 1% in the general population, though I haven’t been able to discover the basis of this estimate.
    — Narcissists rarely enter treatment and, once in treatment, progress very slowly. We’re talking about two or more years of frequent sessions before the narcissist can acknowledge even that the therapist is sometimes helpful. It’s difficult to keep narcissists in treatment long enough for improvement to be made — and few people, narcissists or not, have the motivation or the money to pursue treatment that produces so little so late.
    — Most clinical writers seem unaware that narcissists’ self-reports are unreliable. This is troubling, considering that lying is the most common complaint about narcissists and that, in many instances, defects of empathy lead narcissists to wildly inaccurate misinterpretations of other people’s speech and actions, so that they may believe that they are liked and respected despite a history of callous and exploitative personal interactions.

    [from Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th edition, 1994, commonly referred to as DSM-IV, of the American Psychiatric Association. European countries use the diagnostic criteria of the World Health Organization.]

    A pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy.[jma: NPD first appeared in DSM-III in 1980; before that time there had been no formal diagnostic description. The disorder begins by early adulthood and is indicated by at least five of the following:

    1. An exaggerated sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements)

    The simplest everyday way that narcissists show their exaggerated sense of self-importance is by talking about family, work, life in general as if there is nobody else in the picture. Whatever they may be doing, in their own view, they are the star, and they give the impression that they are bearing heroic responsibility for their family or department or company, that they have to take care of everything because their spouses or co-workers are undependable, uncooperative, or otherwise unfit. They ignore or denigrate the abilities and contributions of others and complain that they receive no help at all; they may inspire your sympathy or admiration for their stoicism in the face of hardship or unstinting self-sacrifice for the good of (undeserving) others. But this everyday grandiosity is an aspect of narcissism that you may never catch on to unless you visit the narcissist’s home or workplace and see for yourself that others are involved and are pulling their share of the load and, more often than not, are also pulling the narcissist’s share as well. An example is the older woman who told me with a sigh that she knew she hadn’t been a perfect mother but she just never had any help at all — and she said this despite knowing that I knew that she had worn out and discarded two devoted husbands and had lived in her parents’ pocket (and pocketbook) as long as they lived, quickly blowing her substantial inheritance on flaky business schemes. Another example is claiming unusual benefits or spectacular results from ordinary effort and investment, giving the impression that somehow the narcissist’s time and money are worth more than other people’s. [Here is an article about recognizing and coping with narcissism in the workplace; it is rather heavy on management jargon and psychobabble, but worth reading. “The Impact of Narcissism on Leadership and Sustainability” by Bruce Gregory, Ph.D. “When the narcissistic defense is operating in an interpersonal or group setting, the grandiose part does not show its face in public. In public it presents a front of patience, congeniality, and confident reasonableness.”]

    In popular usage, the terms narcissism, narcissist, and narcissistic denote absurd vanity and are applied to people whose ambitions and aspirations are much grander than their evident talents. Sometimes these terms are applied to people who are simply full of themselves — even when their real achievements are spectacular. Outstanding performers are not always modest, but they aren’t grandiose if their self-assessments are realistic; e.g., Muhammad Ali, then Cassius Clay, was notorious for boasting “I am the greatest!” and also pointing out that he was the prettiest, but he was the greatest and the prettiest for a number of years, so his self-assessments weren’t grandiose. Some narcissists are flamboyantly boastful and self-aggrandizing, but many are inconspicuous in public, saving their conceit and autocratic opinions for their nearest and dearest.

    (NOTE THIS SECTION)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Common conspicuous grandiose behaviors include expecting special treatment or admiration on the basis of claiming (a) to know important, powerful or famous people or (b) to be extraordinarily intelligent or talented. As a real-life example, I used to have a neighbor who told his wife that he was the youngest person since Sir Isaac Newton to take a doctorate at Oxford. The neighbor gave no evidence of a world-class education, so I looked up Newton and found out that Newton had completed his baccalaureate at the age of twenty-two (like most people) and spent his entire academic career at Cambridge. The grandiose claims of narcissists are superficially plausible fabrications, readily punctured by a little critical consideration. The test is performance: do they deliver the goods? (There’s also the special situation of a genius who’s also strongly narcissistic, as perhaps Frank Lloyd Wright. Just remind yourself that the odds are that you’ll meet at least 1000 narcissists for every genius you come across.) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2. Preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love

    Translation: Narcissists cultivate solipsistic or “autistic” fantasies, which is to say that they live in their own little worlds (and react with affront when reality dares to intrude).

    3. Believes he is “special” and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)

    Translation: Narcissists think that everyone who is not special and superior is worthless. By definition, normal, ordinary, and average aren’t special and superior, and so, to narcissists, they are worthless.

    4. Requires excessive admiration

    Translation: Excessive in two ways: they want praise, compliments, deference, and expressions of envy all the time, and they want to be told that everything they do is better than what others can do. Sincerity is not an issue here; all that matter are frequency and volume.

    5. Has a sense of entitlement

    Translation: They expect automatic compliance with their wishes or especially favorable treatment, such as thinking that they should always be able to go first and that other people should stop whatever they’re doing to do what the narcissists want, and may react with hurt or rage when these expectations are frustrated.

    6. Selfishly takes advantage of others to achieve his own ends

    Translation: Narcissists use other people to get what they want without caring about the cost to the other people.

    7. Lacks empathy

    Translation: They are unwilling to recognize or sympathize with other people’s feelings and needs. They “tune out” when other people want to talk about their own problems.
    In clinical terms, empathy is the ability to recognize and interpret other people’s emotions. Lack of empathy may take two different directions: (a) accurate interpretation of others’ emotions with no concern for others’ distress, which is characteristic of psychopaths; and (b) the inability to recognize and accurately interpret other people’s emotions, which is the NPD style. This second form of defective empathy may (rarely) go so far as alexithymia, or no words for emotions, and is found with psychosomatic illnesses, i.e., medical conditions in which emotion is experienced somatically rather than psychically. People with personality disorders don’t have the normal body-ego identification and regard their bodies only instrumentally, i.e., as tools to use to get what they want, or, in bad states, as torture chambers that inflict on them meaningless suffering. Self-described narcissists who’ve written to me say that they are aware that their feelings are different from other people’s, mostly that they feel less, both in strength and variety (and which the narcissists interpret as evidence of their own superiority); some narcissists report “numbness” and the inability to perceive meaning in other people’s emotions.

    8. Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him

    Translation: No translation needed.

    9. Shows arrogant, haughty, patronizing, or contemptuous behaviors or attitudes

    Translation: They treat other people like dirt.”

    This, then, is how the President can look at himself in the mirror. He only sees what he wants to see, and that is perfection in himself troubled only by the faults of others. This makes him very dangerous, as he can’t even see the problem, let alone resolve it; so, since he can’t correct it and it must be someone else’s fault, someone else must be punished. The history of all vain, arrogant, self-involved “leaders” tells us what happens from there…

    • By way of context, this is a response to “Susan” at 0708, viz. “He even told that bogus lie that he has al Qaeda on the run. I’m not sure how this guy can look at himself in the mirror…” – Susan.

      I don’t know how it ended up here, but the point’s the same wherever. It just looks out of place without the reference.