Biden’s Three Letter Word

Joe Biden referred to a three letter word–J-O-B-S. And, yes, he spelled it out for us. It wouldn’t have been so bad if he said “three letter words–jobs–J-O-B.” But, no, he includes the S as a letter. Can you imagine what the media would have done had Sarah Palin made that mistake?

BTW, Sarah Palin may be on Saturday Night Live tonight.

YouTube – Joe Biden Can’t Count

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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9 Responses to Biden’s Three Letter Word

  1. Pascalian Awakenings says:

    I don’t care about the three letter word thing as much as your statement regarding if Palin had said it. If any Republican said it, that would be all that anyone would know of them. Ask Dan Quayle.


  2. James Pate says:

    Yeah, and even a lot of Washington Post writers had to look up potato to see if Quayle spelled it correctly.


  3. Bryan L says:

    I don’t think jobs thing is that big of a deal. I mean job is spelled with 3 letters and jobs is the plural which is 4. If he would have said ‘6 letter word’ and then spelled out j-o-b-s then I might have wondered a bit more.

    James people aren’t jumping on Palin because of little gaffes like this. They’re jumping on her about her lack of knowledge which is very apparent (and which she seems to like to where as a badge of honor), the way she answers (and evades) questions and some of the inappropriate things she says at rallies: “palling around with terrorists”, “pro-America”, etc.

    What’s different is that people like Biden and Obama have shown how knowledgeable they are so when they make little mistakes then people give them the benefit of the doubt. People don’t have that same confidence about Palin because of what they’ve seen of her. The media didn’t invent the narrative about Palin that we see exaggerated on SNL, she gave it to them and they ran with it.

    Bryan L


  4. James Pate says:

    Oh, I don’t think for a second that the media are unbiased in this. Dan Quayle had lots of knowledge about policy when he ran for VP. I think that’s pretty evident in the debate with Bentsen. But he was always jumped on over gaffes. The media are selective about what gaffes they will jump on.

    Also, Biden made factual errors in the debate. Sure, he may have some knowledge, but is it knowledge of the facts?


  5. Anonymous says:

    “It’s a terrible waste to lose your mind…or not to have a mind at all…how true that is.” That’s not some Saturday Night Live satirist, I actually heard Dan Quayle say that to the American Negro College Fund, and it was even funnier than it reads on paper. Palin is doing her best to make us laugh, I’m sure, but a gift like Dan Quayle comes along to amuse the American public only once in a generation. We shall not look upon his like again.

    Sure, I know, it really said nothing about his fitness to Lead the Free World with his Finger on the Nuclear Trigger. But Quayle basically came across to the public as a very tender and callow fellow who got where he was mostly because Daddy was rich and knew the right people. Given that, he really needed to go out and command people’s respect. When he proved incapable of that, and did silly things instead, nobody was willing to find it lovable, the way they had a certain affection even for Gerald Ford in his clutziness. Palin came to her present position in a different way, but it’s pretty much the same position.


  6. James Pate says:

    Yeah, Quayle said some goofy things. One that comes to mind is “I’m visiting Latin America–I’d better start brushing up on my Latin.” But I thought he was good on policy–he came across like he knew his stuff. When I was at DePauw and he came to speak, he talked in detail about foreign policy.


  7. Russell Miller says:

    Palin doesn’t know her stuff, though.

    You can’t seriously think that being able to see Russia from Alaska makes her a foreign policy expert?


  8. Anonymous says:

    Jimmy Carter knew how to find Russia on a map.

    His knowledge of foreign policy didn’t advance US interests, especially in the Middle East.

    Neither did his FDR-style domestic fireside chats.


  9. James Pate says:

    Yeah, I’ve heard Jimmy Carter had a high IQ too. Didn’t help him much.


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