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Remember Jimmy Carter’s Inappropriate Smile?

From the Politico:


Twitter frowns on Joe Biden’s laugh

By PATRICK GAVIN | Thurs October 11, 2012

Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan were the two candidates on stage at Thursday’s vice presidential debate, but a third character emerged: Joe Biden’s laugh, which didn’t escape the notice of tweeting politicos. (And led, of course, to at least three satirical Twitter accounts: Laughing Joe Biden, Biden Smirk, and yet another Laughing Joe Biden.)

Weekly Standard’s Mark Hemingway: “Joe Biden’s laughing through talking about Iran sanctions?”

TIME’s Michael Scherer: “Not sure debate cameras have been light tested for Biden’s teeth. Best to watch with sunglasses.”

Washington Examiner’s Philip Klein: “Biden’s strategy seems to be to laugh at Ryan constantly. Will it work to infantalize Ryan, or backfire like Gore sighing?”

NBC’s David Gregory: “Biden’s smile is out of control.”

BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith: “So did Biden practice laughing at Ryan???”

ABC’s Rick Klein: “Biden on verge of breaking down in laughter when Ryan talks.”

Former Eric Cantor staffer Brad Dayspring: “Joe Biden needs to realize this isn’t a Senate Foreign Relations Hearing. His laughter and condescending attitude is a disaster.”

Radio host Neal Boortz: “Looking like Biden’s gameplan is to laugh his way through this.”

Townhall.com’s Guy Benson: “Will Biden laugh his ass off at the terrible economy, too?”

MSNBC’s S.E. Cupp: “Biden needs to laugh a little less through the Libya, Middle East, nuclear Iran segment.”

Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza: “Ok. I have decided. I find the Biden smile slightly unsettling.”

PBS’ Jeff Greenfield: “Biden has always had a smile that at times is really, really inappropriate.”

Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard: “Can’t tell yet if Biden’s smirking, laughs, eye-rolling, head shaking, works for him or not against the oh-so-young looking eager Ryan.”

Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer: “Biden is at risk of having his laugh come across like Gore’s sighs. He should knock it off.”

The New York Times’ Ashley Parker: “Biden’s grin is Chesire Cat caliber.”

Republican strategist Ron Bonjean: “Biden laughing does not come off with the intended effect. It is actually hurting him. Looks very condescending.”

Movie critic Roger Ebert: “Joe! Stop smiling and laughing!”

Washington Times’ Emily Miller: “Biden laughing when he disagrees with Ryan is so annoying. Like a child in time out.”

Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin: “Biden’s laughing is losing the debate- obnoxious”

Comedy Central’s Indecision: “If this keeps up much longer, Joe Biden’s going to sprain his laugh muscles.”

Let’s hope that Biden’s weird laughter and smirking and rudeness didn’t turn off the precious Independents. Remember, we’re told that they are as sensitive as Russian Czarinas.

Of course, the Obama flack, Jim Mussina, is now saying that Biden was just being the ‘happy warrior’ for the middle class last night. Perhaps he meant ‘slap happy.’

But who was Biden’s debate coach? Louis Armstrong? Carol Channing? Gilbert Gottfried?

Of course, Biden’s smile was about as authentic as his hair. In fact, Biden’s teeth actually scared us. They seemed like something out of a nightmare Polident commercial.

But no one seems to remember that Jimmy Carter also had a bizarre habit of breaking into a smile at the most inappropriate times. And, since Obama seems determined to be the second coming of Jimmy Carter, maybe Biden is trying to cover that Carter trait for him.

The trouble is, Biden’s jackanapes cease to be funny when you realize that he is just one heartbeat away from the Presidency.

Besides, we are also somehow reminded of the line from Hamlet: "Oh that one can smile and smile and be a villain…"

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, October 12th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Remember Jimmy Carter’s Inappropriate Smile?”

  1. jimreport

    Benghazi? Bwwaaahhhhaaaaahaaa, thats some funny stuff right there!

  2. GetBackJack

    Do not forget, Biden was playing to his bleachers. Not ours. And succeeded beyond his wildest dreams. THEY LOVED HIM

    • yadayada

      the fans of obummy and bite-me believe bite-me had the best debate they’ve ever seen.
      (perfect teeth for the guy named bite-me)

  3. Right of the People

    A certifiable, 100% moron.

  4. canary

    Both Obama and Biden have made the statements in the debate of two wars being charged on a card.

    Obama quadrupled the debt on the Afghanistan War and he lost it.

    Obama quadrupled the debt period.

    I don’t know why Romney or Ryan don’t respond to this accusation.

    We are living in a time when this country loves idiots like Obama and Biden.

  5. Anonymoose

    Laughing and smiling inappropriately is done for two reasons–to try and make light of the argument and play elemental psychology, the smiler is more positive and therefore better, or to try and show command and superiority over their opponent–nothing they say has any value so they just smile at them.

    The left and Democrats loved it and thought Biden did a slam dunk, anyone else thought he came across as a pompous jerk who was smiling at anything in a creepy manner like The Joker.

    I had expected Ryan would chew Biden up and toss him in the corner, he came across more as a student reciting his points; just once I wanted him to say, “Mr., Biden, that was not funny, can you please focus on the topic?”

    What I did get from it is after the election, whoever wins and gets back to work, it will be Ryan rolling his sleeves up and plunging into it, and Biden guffaws about whatever papers he’s been handed and gives them to a subordinate while he goes pal around with his buddies.


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