(Washington-DC) After President Obama's State of The Union speech, Vice President Joe Biden exhibited what some believe is not his best asset to the administration, speaking.
At the opening of a cow manure methane conversion facility in Blunt, Texas, Biden was asked his thoughts on the President's agenda. Biden replied, "It's a tall order. Maybe we should change 'Yes, we can!' to 'Yes, we can?'" The Vice President was citing Obama's campaign slogan.
Obama's State of The Union, whose transcript was only five pages shorter than "War and Peace", called for bipartisan efforts to: create jobs, overhaul the entire banking system, rebuild the country's infrastructure, achieve world dominance in reducing global warming, stabilize Afghanistan, eliminate nuclear weapons, bring Iran and North Korea to at least the year 1939, pass health care reform and a few other items.
Even supporters like James Carville have expressed cautious optimism. "At first, I thought this it's a slam dunk. But then I realized I dozed off for most of the speech. And when I read the transcript, I think his plate is stacked higher than Elvis' at a Vegas buffet in 1975."
With even supporters offering qualified support, Vice President Biden's comments were all the more damaging.
The Vice President was walking through the "collection area" of the cow manure conversion plant. CNN's Ed Henry asked the Vice President his reactions to the speech. "Stinks," said Biden. Henry immediately asked a follow-up. "You're saying the speech missed the mark?" According to eyewitness accounts, Biden seemed frazzled. "No, it stinks in here. But it's a necessary stink. That's the, uh, the stink of energy. The President's speech, it reminds me of our campaign. He'd say, 'Yes, we can!' I'd say, 'Yes, we can?'" Henry then asked, "Can you explain that, Mr. Vice President?" Biden replied, "I'd prefer not to."
At his afternoon press conference, White House Press Secretary Robert "Bob" Gibbs was asked about Vice President Biden's statement. "Clearly, the Vice President did not mean he doubts President Obama's ability to accomplish his goals. The 'Yes we can?' was meant to underscore the dialogue that needs to happen between two people to get things going. In that sense, the Vice President was using the Socratic dialogue he has with the President as an object lesson to both sides of the aisle of Congress to get things done. 'Yes we can?' leads to 'Yes, we can!'"