Former VP Joe Biden poked fun at his current situation. During a speech, he invited some children on the stage and then said it was ok to touch a child because he had permission. I know he was aiming for levity but it came off as a tad creepy.
“Former Vice President Joe Biden was caught up in controversy Friday for remarks during a speech in Washington that appeared to make light of allegations by several women who have accused him of unwanted touching.
Taking the stage at a conference hosted by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), the potential 2020 presidential candidate briefly embraced IBEW President Lonnie Stephenson, who had just introduced him as a speaker.
Moments later, before a crowd of mostly men, Biden joked that he had received permission to hug Stephenson. “I just wanted to let you know I had permission to hug Lonnie — we had permission,” he said, to raucous applause and cheers from the audience.
A short time later, Biden gathered a group of children behind him, pulling one to his side. “By the way,” he said to the crowd, pointing to the child, “he gave me permission to touch him.” The crowd once again reacted with laughter and applause.”
He then went on with his speech, where he complained that he hated the way America has changed.
“We’ve gotten so damn sophisticated, we’ve gotten damn elitist,” he shouted, noting that workers deserved thanks for keeping America running. “I hate the way things have changed the last 15-20 years.”
“I see people that have busted their necks their whole lives to earn your pensions, and when you retire you deserve every damn penny you work for, not a penny less,” he shouted. “I mean it! I mean it! I’m tired of it!”
You guys are like me, I never walk away from a table without thanking a waiter,” he said. “Not a joke. That was the way I was raised.”
“Some politicians are afraid to use the word ‘union,’” Biden shouted. “Not me. Unions built this middle class! For real!”
I wonder just how many women have to come forward before he decides that a presidential run is not worth it.