WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Facing criticism, potential 2008 presidential candidate Joe Biden has been forced to explain his recent remark that, "You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent."
The Delaware senator said his words were taken out of context. He was asked about the comment during an interview with CNN's "The Situation Room." The senator said he has had an "incredibly strong" relationship with the Indian-American community in Delaware and that his comment was misinterpreted.
I love the "out of context" excuse. Take another second and read the quote, and tell me how it could be taken out of context. I can't see any context other than what is evident in the statement itself, but Biden can somehow make it sound like we are hearing it wrong, and his meaning is somehow skewed. I was born during the day, but not yesterday.
Incidentally, isn't this the same Joe Biden who admitted in 1987 he plagiarized part of a law school paper in 1965. He copied five pages from a law review in a 15-page paper without citing the source while at Syracuse University Law School.
While running as a Democratic presidential candidate in 1987, he also used quotations in speeches from former British Labor Party leader Neil Kinnock and the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy without giving them credit.
Recently, the United Press International picked up a story, reporting at the time: "The parents of Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., own a home in Wilmington, Del., that has an old deed prohibiting sale or occupancy by blacks." In that instance, Biden insisted that neither he nor his family knew of the restrictions. Yeah, right.
What have we learned today?
Joe Biden's family may have racial restrictions on the sale of their home, he plagiarized a law school paper, he makes racially insensitive jokes in public, and I'm pretty sure he has hair plugs, but I may be taking that out of context.
We have also learned that the Democrats should look elsewhere for a presidential candidate in 2008, and leave Joe to his 1 electoral-vote state, where his constituents seem content to put up with his nonsense.
No soup for you!