Gah. Here it is Wednesday — hump day, no less — and we’re feeling pretty good about the state of Fat America. The primaries Tuesday were fun; a doofus, philandering, holier-than-thou, abstinence-only education turd burglar got caught boning someone on his staff and was forced to resign; and there was a two-for-one at Costco on mayonnaise (joke!).
Then we read this little nugget on CNN’s Political Ticker:
It was the F-word heard around the world and now Vice President Biden has expressed regret to a Kentucky teenager for using the crude language during the signing ceremony of the health care reform legislation in March.
“I should have expressed my excitement in a more appropriate manner,” Biden wrote in a two-paragraph letter to high school student Brandon Halcomb. The letter comes after the 16-year old penned an open letter to the vice president criticizing his choice of language, according to Kentucky’s WYMT News.
Cuh-rist. Vice President Joe Biden finally commits a gaffe that he doesn’t need to apologize for and then he apologizes for it. The gaffe that has inspired White House-condoned T-shirts!
And why? So some mouth-breathing nerd teen who’s probably practicing abstinence because no cheerleader will touch him can feel better about himself. Except he doesn’t! Check it:
But Holcomb, who says he’s not sure if he is a Republican or a Democrat, isn’t completely satisfied with the response.
“It was not really an apology, but that’s as close to an apology as I will be receiving,” he said.
Let’s make something clear. This kid is a Republican. We know because 1) Both Republicans and Democrats would have the thought, “Gee, maybe the V.P. shouldn’t say stuff like that,” and 2) Only a Republican would demand an apology. Also: The Vice President of the United States addressed your dumb demand directly, kid. Show a little respect.
The Kentucky teenager also said he will continue to make sure politicians are responsible for their actions.
“They are role models,” he said. “They need to watch what they say in front of people and realize they influence other people’s lives.”
OK! We’re sure the kid is drafting letters of admonition and demands for apology from John Edwards, John McCain, Michael Steele, Mark Sanford, John Ensign, and…God, this list could go on forever.
And Joe, don’t apologize for saying the coolest thing any V.P. has said since Aaron Burr said, “Never do today what you can put off till tomorrow. Delay may give clearer light as to what is best to be done.” Of course, he went ahead and shot Alexander Hamilton anyway, something that definitely could have used another day’s deliberation, but that’s not the point.
The point is that you’ve uttered one for the history books, Joe, and you’ve continued to be you despite fears that you’d become less than you. So well done! And huzzah!