Now that several local “electeds” have endorsed the former vice president and party comrade for higher seating, maybe the comedy road show will soon land somewhere in Frederick.
It’s time for some serious laughter in the political arena, especially following the recent devastating and heartbreaking news around the country and here in Maryland.
Driving up Interstate 70 to “edgy” Baltimore of late, it was Mr. Delaware’s unintentional Bidenisms that eased the burden of heavy traffic and high speed.
Joe Biden is a funny guy. He does laugh a lot, and many times his off-the-cuff witticisms go astray. We know he’s in the battle for his party’s presidential nomination. He may be having a difficult time, but his words are giving would-be voters some grin-and-bear-it giggles.
In recent days heading for a Thurmont lunch, his latest almost had me lose control of the steering wheel and run into Catoctin Wildlife Preserve.
Said Mr. Biden at the Iowa State Fair:
“Poor kids are just as bright and talented as white kids.” It was truly funny and inadvertent, and all politicists chuckled at the gaffe. He wasn’t being mean. And neither is this space.
Too often in these days of political mean spirit we all need a few chuckles, intentional or not, to break the spell of loathing so prevalent everywhere, not just nationally but locally.
Biden’s malaprops, in more courteous times, would be the gags on what once were late-night comedy shows. Uncle Joe’s speechwriters don’t get any credit for his unintentional funnies. They probably wish they did.
Despite the former veep’s speechifying, his opponents find themselves dragging anchor. He’s leading the way. If he manages to win the competition, now that will bring about some incredible prize verbosity that “scribes and Pharisees” will rejoice and columnize.
In my sports-writing days many moons ago, there was a college football coach down Carolina way giving a halftime pep talk. “We got to win. So stop being so dumb out there. That’s d-u-m.”
Other presidents have mixed up their orations. George W. Bush said: “One of the great things about books is sometimes there are some fantastic pictures” — from a 2000 magazine item.
Who can forget Vice President Dan Quayle’s “correcting” the spelling of a 12-year-old who wrote “potato” on a chalkboard?
Returning to Frederick after visiting Baltimore the other day, I recalled that great baseball wordsmith Yogi Berra. He said, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” I did. Ended up at Harry Grove Stadium. Couldn’t get on Nymeo Field, though.
Now, it would be nice for the Biden Comedy Campaign to entertain Frederick County residents.
It would be better for him to wave a magic wand from Harry Potter’s Hogwarts School (there are none at Frederick County Public Schools) to erase the recent mass criminal acts. But a few laughs from “Joe-isms” could be in order.
Harry M. Covert writes from Frederick. Email him at email@example.com.