He’s 71 years old, which in and of itself is not the stigma it once was despite his being two years older than Ronald Reagan was at the time of his first inauguration in January 1981. Then again, he’s no Ronald Reagan. He is, however, the most gaffe-prone man to throw his hat in the ring (for the third time).
Several hundred people, mostly union workers, crowded the site of the old Tiger Stadium to hear vice president Joe Biden speak Monday morning ahead of the organized labor’s annual parade.
The vice president’s speech helped kick off the start of the Detroit Labor Day parade. This is the second time Biden has been in Detroit on Labor Day in the past three years.
Biden spoke about the power of the union and how the union really is the reason why many of us have rights. He also stressed the importance of all Americans sticking together and, if we do that, how we will succeed. He believes if the middle class does well, so will everyone else.
“The American people have not stopped dreaming. The American people have not walked away from what they believe they are entitled to. Just give them a chance! No hand out — just give them a chance!” Biden said.
In his prepared remarks, Biden underscored that as president he would carry on the work that “Barack and I have started,” which some might consider shooting himself in the foot. Most Democratic politicians are putting as much distance as possible between themselves and the toxic president, whose many scandals (which include outing a CIA station chief — remember that?) are eclipsed at this juncture only by his failed foreign policy.
So how realistic are Biden’s chances? Some commentators have observed that Americans are not fans of coronations and that, Hillary Clinton, recent blunders notwithstanding, has peaked. But is the American electorate really ready to elect Joe Biden to be the next leader of the free world? One thing is for sure: If they did, it would be a big f**king deal.